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andrewc



Joined: 30 Jun 1997
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PostPosted: Tue Mar 25, 2014 11:07 am    Post subject: Love the Chinook Fin Fast! Reply with quote

For those with US-Box quads and twins the Chinook Fin Fast is a gift from heaven.
That is , if , like me , you are in a often in a frenzy to rig in blowing wind, dust, bad light etc and getting the fins into ( or out off )a quad or twin becomes a fiddly PITA the you will love the fin fast...
Disclosure: I have not stress tested them with fin/rock impacts yet...
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gerritt



Joined: 06 May 1998
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Location: Redwood City, CA

PostPosted: Tue Mar 25, 2014 2:29 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

more info?
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stevenbard



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PostPosted: Tue Mar 25, 2014 2:29 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Talking to Chinook, they might even act like the old "fin savers". No guarantees, and this is a double edged sword. (if you know what I mean)
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andrewc



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PostPosted: Tue Mar 25, 2014 2:49 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

http://www.isthmussailboards.com/Chinook-Fin-Fast/productinfo/CH496/

As far as it acting like a fin saver, I know what you mean. It's nice not to rip your box out, but I found those old fin savers would let go just tipping a rock.
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stevenbard



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PostPosted: Tue Mar 25, 2014 3:30 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

These are supposed to be more durable than the fin savers.
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buzzwordbrad



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PostPosted: Tue Mar 25, 2014 3:38 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

some pics of the new finfast:


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kevinkan



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PostPosted: Tue Mar 25, 2014 3:53 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks for your review Andrew... You can also use a grinder to round off the corners of your old brass fin tabs for a DIY solution. US-Boxes are such a pain.

Now, if you could please go out and test the durability and find some rocks to run into, we would all appreciate the feedback. Surprised



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andrewc



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PostPosted: Tue Mar 25, 2014 3:56 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

A classic PSC photo! That was exactly my predicament. Turning up at PSC mid-afternoon and its GOING OFF and then getting 4 fins in my quad. And then dropping the stupid fin tab/screw in the dirt...
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gerritt



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PostPosted: Tue Mar 25, 2014 5:04 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Wow - I've loved many of my boards over the years, but not like that. I know Kevin is an awesome freestyler, but I didn't know he had a 69 in his bag of tricks.
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isobars



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PostPosted: Tue Mar 25, 2014 6:08 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

kevinkan wrote:
You can also use a grinder to round off the corners of your old brass fin tabs for a DIY solution.

"They" used to make steel fin tab nuts made that way. Fast, simple, and rugged. However, I've used fin savers for decades with only one release I can remember, on a rock, and it beat a dinged fin. I've hit many a chunk of debris without release.
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