You can easily convert your Offshore planer
boards using your original flags with just a few modifications.
All you need are some suitable springs, and
some stainless wire, I used .035", other sizes will also work. And a
few stainless washers and a longer stainless screw for the flag pivot.
I have a wire bending jig, this comes in very
handy for all sorts of projects.
Form a loop in the rear end of the wire, as
far as the bend on the front, you will need to experiment with the
length, make 2 90 degree bends going towards the back of the board.
Drill a small hole and use the screw eye for
the back release as your rear wire guide, attach your rear clip to it
using the split ring in the normal fashion.
I used the existing hole in the flag for the
spring, these are pretty old boards with the metal arm, newer flags
might be slightly different. I also put a longer stainless screw and
a few stainless washers on each side of the screw so the flag would
I also drilled a few holes in the edge of the
board to adjust spring tension.
This is the spring I used.