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DelCarpenter



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PostPosted: Thu Feb 06, 2014 1:36 pm    Post subject: Please identify this sailing ski-sled Reply with quote

On this ski-sled the sled part doesn't have any markings except a sticker that says, "SKI GLISS" which I think was not put on by the manufacturer. The platform appears to be some kind of fiberglass or plastic. The skis have "DIETERICH" on the front, "STACCATO on the back, and a small sticker that says "Made in West Germany." The previous owner lived near Minneapolis, MN and sold it to me with a sail quiver from the late 80's or early 90's made by Ulmer Kolius (a sail manufacturer still making big boat sails).

The skis are slightly canted with the outside edges lower than the inside edges. The ski-sled came with a hole in the top for attaching a mast foot. Sailing it on hard packed snow is a lot of fun, better than my modified toboggans.



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PostPosted: Thu Feb 06, 2014 1:48 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Funny, it looks like the straps are set for bare feet! Unlikely!
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PostPosted: Fri Feb 07, 2014 4:39 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Homemade platform, real skis, good design.
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PostPosted: Fri Feb 07, 2014 6:14 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

http://www.winterwindsurf.com/?category_name=constructions

doesn't quite look like this, the board looks a little to finished to be homebuilt, but maybe it sued to be something else

http://www.winterwindsurf.com/?p=180

it could be the Black Cat Sledge

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PostPosted: Fri Feb 07, 2014 6:24 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

nice


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PostPosted: Fri Feb 07, 2014 6:30 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Platform looks like a badly carved slab of foam, maybe not even glassed.
Plywood might be better.
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PostPosted: Fri Feb 07, 2014 6:53 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

zirtaeb wrote:
Platform looks like a badly carved slab of foam, maybe not even glassed.
Plywood might be better.


looks home built, looks to not be badly carved, shaped, probably has carbon and kevlar shaped a Norwegian aircraft builder.



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PostPosted: Fri Feb 07, 2014 6:58 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote


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PostPosted: Fri Feb 07, 2014 8:45 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Very Happy Very Happy
No evidence of l black carbon strands or yellow/gold kevlar strands.
Look at the shadow to see flaws in shaping.
I've shaped over 400 surboards, so my standards are different than for most people.
That thing probably works just fine.
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PostPosted: Tue Feb 11, 2014 1:39 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

The ski-sled shown in my opening post is larger than it might appear in the picture. The skis are a little over 200 cm long, the deck is 116 cm long & 46 cm wide in the middle. I don't use the straps for anything except telling me where my feet are, but they are large enough I can put toes through to the other side while wearing rubbers on my c/d width size 10 shoes. (I weigh about 170 lbs.)

The deck and the supporting section the deck attaches to were definitely made from molds. The deck is convex in shape. It would hold about 1-2 inches of water if turned upside down if the mounting & foot strap holes were plugged. I haven't measured it, but I'd guess the deck material is about half a centimeter thick, or less.

When the wind and surface conditions are good I usually sail with my feet near the edge of the deck about in line (front to back) with the foot straps.
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