Tech Tip: Mast Track Placement for Foiling
North Pacific Foil Boards

With the addition of North Pacific Custom Foil Boards to the Sailworks product line we now offer a complete high-performance foil package. Our experience with all styles of riders and their demands allows us to custom tailor a carbon foil package that will excel for the conditions and style of riding you desire; performance foiling in a plug & play package.

What's new with the North Pacific Custom Foil Board?

North Pacific has been shaping windsurf boards and surf boards with Art Colyer and Richard Greene since 1995.

Art Colyer has decades of board shaping under his belt including 5 years shaping for the Rusty Surfboard Company and 4 years shaping Hi-Tech windsurfing boards.

Richard Greene is a well known custom board builder in the windsurfing industry formerly known for Green Epoxy Maui; GEM boards. He is an expert in composite sandwich construction making custom favorites for pro riders such as Jason Polakow & Nik Baker while also shaping for brands like Naish, Mistral and JP in his career. You couldn't ask for a better team to be building your foil board.

The NP foil board has come to fruition after nearly a thousand hours of testing with the Sailworks foiling crew. It has been tested with AFS Foils, Moses Foils, LP Foils, Starboard, Slingshot, and many more. It pairs ideally with the Flyer, and has been successfully tested with other Sailworks sail lines.

Having the North Pacific shaping room just a quick walk down the street from Sailworks here in Hood River makes ongoing testing and development a reality, even through the winter months. 

Some key features of the North Pacific Foil Board are:
  • Custom epoxy/carbon sandwich handmade in Hood River, USA.
  • Your choice of sizing, or standard sizes we stock: 115l, 125l, 135l, 145l.
  • Your choice of colors for a personalized board.
  • Purposefully balanced for easy uphauling.
  • Balanced footstrap positions fine tuned for foiling.
  • Footstrap position adjustment options allow for various styles of riding and different foils.
  • A 10" mast track allows fine-tuning your balance point for various styles of riding and different foils.
  • Reinforced mast track.
  • Reinforced nose and rails for crash resistance.
  • Reinforced fin box carbon wrapped with stringers.
  • Early planning outline gets you up on the foil quicker than your friends.
  • Splash down ready. The no stick rail makes learning and jibing a breeze.
  • 4 Dakine Primo footstraps included.
New for 2019:
  • Added reinforcements in the nose, rails and deck.
  • Improvements in the bottom contour shaping for even better catch free maneuvering in chops and swells.
Having the North Pacific shaping room just a quick walk down the street from Sailworks here in Hood River makes ongoing testing and development a reality, even through the winter months. 

Tech Talk: Mast Track Placement for Foiling

A lot of people don't take advantage of running their mast base in different positions. There is so much to be gained from knowing your starting point mast base position, and from knowing when, why and how to adjust it.

Our recommended starting point for your mast track position is 44 inches from the front fin bolt on a tuttle box to the center of your mast base.

From there you can adjust the base position for wind and water conditions, sail size and style, and your style of riding.

Moving the base forward keeps the foil down because it brings your balance further forwards. You'll have a harder time getting up on the foil, but it will be easier to keep it down and locked in once going.

Moving the base back allows the foil to lift quicker. You'll pump onto a plane faster and you'll get more glide from your wing.

Your base is too far forward if:
  1. You need to lean really far back to keep the foil level.
  2. Your board is dropping sharply as you enter a jibe.
  3. Your board feels like it wants to nose dive.
Your base is too far back if:
  1. You need to lean really far forward to keep the foil level.
  2. It's tough to trim the sail and keep downward pressure on the mast foot.
  3. You keep foiling out.
Move your base forward if:
  1. You're overpowered.
  2. Drag racing on a broad reach.
  3. You want a more back foot feel, similar to windsurfing.
Move your base back if:
  1. You're underpowered.
  2. You want easier jibing and easier maneuvering.
  3. Riding swell.
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