Naples, Florida Build(s) + DIY eFoil board(s) for the community
Some pictures of the 65" board:
Here’s a google drive full of pics:
For electronics, I plan to use off-the-shelf hardware (Flipsky & Maytech), but I am very interested in any community driven electronics for motors, remotes, VESC, etc.
I’ve decided to offer the various sizes with different options (board only), based on the budget, ranging from $1,000 to $2,000. I am willing to trade for electronics, batteries, and foils.
- Carbon fiber or fiberglass (the process of building is roughly the same for me - the cost of materials is obviously a big factor)
- Sizes: please review table below
- Primed only (marine grade primer, it comes out of the mold primed - Duratec)
- Primed + top coat - single color (marine grade top coat)
- Primed + top coat - custom decals, etc (will be farming out to a local painter for anything super custom… Clear coating a decal / logo in is not a problem. Some fancy airbrush is out of the scope of my shop)Naples, Florida Build(s) + DIY eFoil board(s) for the community
- Clear coat (West System 207 special clear hardener top coat)
- Bolts for attaching the lid (pictured above - M8 bolts)
- 4 latches for attaching the lid (pictured above)
- 2 latches with hinges attaching the lid (not pictured, but ready for production versions)
- Traction pad (pictured is Seadeck, which is expensive, but very nice quality)
Flexibility: Since the board was built with hollow construction and stringers, it’s quite easy to add a spot for power switch on the outside, watercooling underneath, etc. I designed it for the DIYer to be able to work on it.
Watertightness: Bolts make the tightest seal and virtually eliminates water infiltration. Obviously bolts come with the consequence of having to undue 8 bolts every time you want to get into the enclosure.
Latches have a good seal, but expect some water to get into the enclosure.
Either approach, I suggest an additional waterproof box for batteries. I have a custom waterproof box in the works which I will show in the future.
The mast enclosure is 100% waterproof, as long as the connector between the mast enclosure and main enclosure is waterproofed. Also the mast must be waterproofed, so water does not come up into the mast enclosure. There’s 8”x4”x4” of space in this mast enclosure, so a lot of options. This can be left undrilled or I can install a 3 or 4 gland connector, barbs, or whatever else to the main enclosure.
The 65” fiberglass version weighs 25 lbs (11 kg) and the carbon version should be <15 lbs (7kg). I’ll flush out the weights as I have them.
I will provide a money back guarantee. Knowing that these are new with limited testing, I’ll be very responsive to get the boards fixed / replaced and attempt to provide support for them remotely.
Right now I have a 2-3 week lead time and several 65” & 56” on order.
After many months of teaching myself composites, I finally have a board that makes sense to release to the DIY community. My small shop, located in Naples, Florida, is dedicated to composite manufacturing, with an initial focus on eFoils. I hope to expand https://efoil.builders/t/naples-florida-build-s-diy-efoil-board-s-for-the-community/7728/4to other water toys and eventually boats in the future. Having been a skateboarder, snowboarder, and wakeboarder / wakesurfer most of my life, I instantly fell in love with the concept of eFoiling. Thanks to @tylerclark for my first ride on an efoil board not too long ago. He has been extremely helpful in driving direction of the project and will have one of the first hulls… Thanks to everyone else for opening their designs to the community and providing such great information.
My plan is to document the build(s) of the boards here and hope to get feedback from the community, to drive future direction of the boards. As I am FULL TIME making eFoils, I am selling boards to support myself. So hopefully this hybrid build / sell thread approach is acceptable to all.
As a fairly large rider and beginner, the first boards I made are pretty big. 65” long, 29” wide, 4.5” thick, tapering down to 2” at the nose of the board. I have plans (and some plugs / molds) for both carbon fiber and fiberglass boards in 48”, 56”, 65”, & 72”.
For shipping to Europe, I found USPS will ship priority International for <$200 and takes 10 days (shipping time). I’m still flushing out the various methods to ship. Obviously quite expensive to ship large objects, despite the lighter weights, regardless of Europe, US, or elsewhere.
As of yet, I do not have a board with electronics, but I do have water tests behind a boat, as well as waterproof tests for the mast and electronics enclosures. I’ve reinforced the underside of the board to withstand the force of the foil. Above the mast is a waterproof enclosure to be able to mount a VESC, similar to the board Don built for @pacificmeister. The small (optional) mast enclosure connects to the main enclosure. This masts area has aluminum channel where the mast attaches to and that is glassed in with Kevlar and 1708 stitched mat fiberglass. The mast enclosure box (8x4x4) itself is epoxied to carbon fiber stringers (ribs) internally. I will document this in fusion in days to come.
The manufacturing process is based on top and bottom molds, with EPS foam internally. These initial versions are vacuum infused over the mold and future versions will be prepreg and cured in an oven. The oven is ready to go and molds are built high temperature, so easy transition from infusion to prepreg.
I hope to add foils in the future, but we have our hands full with making boards.
Please feel free to contact me directly with questions. I will document the production process over time and publish some pictures and video. Right now I’m working on Fusion models to show the insides and construction process of the boards. I started by building them by hand, so taking the opposite approach in reverse engineering my own designs into Fusion is taking some time.
Generally, I start by making a plug. To make a plug, I use MDF, XPS foam, fiberglass stitched mat, FGCI Superbond Epoxy, silica, graphite powder, router table, circular saw, random orbital sander, straigtline sander, rasp, & duratec products (surface primer, high gloss additive, aquabuff 1000, aquabuff 2000). They are typically vacuum infused, but often hand laid up and vacuum assisted. I learned an enormous amount from watching @virus videos and follow a generally similar process as he does, but with less carbon fiber in the plugs / molds (only because of budget constraints). Also I gleaned a lot from Boatworks Today, Easy Composites and love the work that Bruce Creations does. In the end, I’ve developed my own processes.
Once a class A finish is accomplished on a plug, I can pull a mold. Similar materials are used to make the molds, but I avoid foam, and focus on high temperature materials so they can be used in the oven. Once I can justify a CNC, I will switch to high temperature tooling foam to build plugs and molds. As of now, everything is hand shaped, with the help of router tables, jigs, etc.
Parts are made from either the plug or the mold and vacuum infused.
I have some preliminary results with a custom built oven, used to cure the prepreg. It’s a monster oven, 4’x4’x8’ in size, with rockwool insulation (good for 1000F temperatures) in a wood frame, with rocker board lining the inside. There’s a few different methods for heating that I’ve tried, but I’ve landed on stove heating elements and the back end of portable air conditioners to circulate the air in the giant box. The oven is a work in progress and has performed well so far, maintaining up to 350 degrees F (180C) for multiple 4 hour cycles. My intention is to stick to 250 F (130 C) prepreg, as it’s much easier to manage, easier on the oven, more efficient in general. However, I’m open for the higher temperatures if required…
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