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    Looking for a silicone tail for my Lunocet

    It's time to get a really good tail for my really good mono fin, my Lunocet.
    Typically, tail makers use mono fins they are use to. In this case, I want to use the one I have. It's a really nice mono fin. It fits my feet, and its very fast and efficient. I have made cloth tails for it, but now its time to take the next step.

    Why would I not be happy with a silicone tail with a standard mono fin? Because after I got the tail, I'd still have the Lunocet, sitting there, waiting to be used, awaiting it's own silicone tail. I might as well just go for the final result right away.

    Tail makers: Are there any of you who would like to take on this challenge? I am willing to spend the time, effort, and money to make this happen (well, within reason).

    P.S. I have asked MerNation, and Michael declined.
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    I think the monofin materials inhibit curing so that's why no one has used it yet

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    You might be able to make a hybrid tail with it? You'd probably have to cover the monofin with a thin cloth the silicone bonded to before trying to attach it but it might work.
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    One issue is that the Lunocet needs to be removable so it can be disassembled and cleaned after use. Its full of moving parts, and you want to get the sand and salt out. I'm thinking that the silicone tail needs to be a skin, like a cloth tail, into which you place the monofin. This completely bypasses the material compatibility issue. The silicone would be cast in a mold, assembled into a tail, and not come into contact with the Lunocet until after its cured.

    Also: MerNation has decided to see if they can make my tail.
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    MerNation again reconsidered, and said no.

    So, I am back to square one, looking for a tail-maker. Is there anyone out there who would like to build a tail for me, incorporating my Lunocet?
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    I can see how the uncertainty involved in such a unique project could discourage many tail makers from trying to make this. You successfully made fabric it neoprene covers for it, right? How did you deal with the fact that the space between the foot plate and the fin has a lot of empty volume? Did you have to add something to give some shape to the tail in that area? Also, does the fact that the lunocet flukes hinge rather than flexing stretch the skin in weird ways?

    You're pretty industrious. Is there any way you could contract out the parts you don't know how to do or don't want to do, like creating the silicone sheet and painting it, and then bond the silicone sheets yourself? Or is there a local tailmaker you could work closely with on this project?

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    To deal with the gap between the feet and the fluke, I stretched a piece of neoprene over it, anchoring it with velcro.
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    I have no idea if the fabric does something odd, I cannot see it as a swim. It seems OK when I sit at the edge of the pool and flip the tail.
    Contracting out parts or working with a tail maker: I would be overjoyed to work with a local tail maker. But I do not know any professional tail makers at all, much less one in my area. That is what this thread is all about: Finding someone who is willing to work with me for $4000.
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