A new and innovative way to mount your surfboard to a vehicle's roof rack, providing fast and easy surfboard mobility!
A new and innovative way to mount your surfboard to a vehicle's roof rack, providing fast and easy surfboard mobility! Read more
- Fast and Easy: The CrossBo installs in seconds and can be easily thrown into your car during a surf session.
- Simple, One-Piece Design: Don't worry. There are no small, easy to lose, pieces with the CrossBo. What you see is what you get!
- Flexible: The CrossBo was designed to work with surfboards from 2" to 3" thick. This covers the vast majority of surfboards on the market today.
- No Bolted-On Hardware: Many comparable roof rack systems on the market today require bolted-on hardware. This is undesirable because it's a pain to install/uninstall these systems, and when you're not surfing they are up on your roof dragging your gas mileage down! The CrossBo slips on and off with ease. It saves you gas whether it's installed or not!
- Works With Existing Roof Rack Pads: While every set of CrossBos comes with a pair of new roof rack pads, it has been designed to work with your existing pads too. Pads will be sold separately under normal sales conditions to save customers money.
- Aerodynamic Design: The CrossBo was designed to be aerodynamic and work with the contour of your board. Never hear those irritating humming straps again, and improve gas mileage at the same time!
- Made in the USA: While it's more cost effective to use off-shore manufacturing, we believe keeping those skilled jobs here in the states is more important. That's why we've chosen a local manufacturer to produce the CrossBo.
The CrossBo has been developed to make it easier for surfers everywhere to get to the beach and surf.
On my way into work one day I had a "light bulb moment". It came to me after spending weeks trying to come up with a better way to mount a surfboard on a roof rack. Inspired by my engineering background, I had invented what would soon become the CrossBo. I immediately set off to create this new product. The first step was to have the provisional patent written and submitted. This took less than a week thanks to UpCounsel, and with that behind me, I was off and running!
The images below show the progression of the CrossBo. It started with simple hand-drawings and quickly moved to proof-of-concept prototyping. These early prototypes were constructed from PVC, and they served to validate the basic idea. Following this concept development was an extremely focused detailed design and engineering phase.
I spent nearly every moment of my nights and weekends perfecting the engineering calculations and CAD models which was fun and challenging at the same time. Taking a product from concept to completion is an exhilarating process. When the design was finally mature enough, we contracted a rapid prototyping company to build it.
I am an Aerospace Structural Engineer, and I have been engineering and optimizing structures made from different materials for my entire career. This project was exciting for me because I was able to merge my passion for surfing with my knowledge of structural engineering.
The engineering problem was a simple one, but the process was very involved. My wife and I spent hours driving down the highway recording loads at different speeds. It was a battle trying to find the right material and I had a number of design variables to contend with. Not the least of which was the large variation of surfboard thicknesses! But in the end, we arrived at what we believe to be the best product on the market. It's simple, elegant and very easy to use.
Now that we have a mature design ready for production, the next step is to raise funding for expensive tooling and manufacturing.
Kickstarter donations will be used for manufacturing start-up costs and production of the first parts. The largest component of the start-up costs is the tooling, but other expenses exist as well. A summary is presented below.
- Molds and Tooling: The tools are the most expensive part of the manufacturing costs.
- Mold setup: These will be large molds requiring man hours and machine time to install them.
- Pad setup: Our pads will be customized with the CrossBo logo. There is a fee to setup this printing process.
The start-up costs are expensive, but it will also cost money to produce the first parts. If this Kickstarter campaign is successful, hundreds of parts will be required to fulfill the rewards. A breakdown of these costs is given below.
- Manufacturing: To manufacture a part we have to pay for material, man hours and machine time.
- Shipping and Packaging: There are always expenses for packaging and shipping a product.
- Pads: For this campaign we are including a free set of pads with every pair of CrossBos, but they do cost money.
Budgets and projections have been established using quotes from our suppliers and thorough research and investigation into other miscellaneous expenses. If this Kickstarter campaign is successful we will have the necessary funds to move forward immediately.
The CrossBo will be manufactured using an injection molding process. This means tooling is very expensive and it takes time to produce high quality molds. Therefore, we developed the timeline above.
Considering all the lead times and the impact of the holiday season, we believe CrossBo manufacturing will be up and running around January or February of 2015. Since a large amount of orders will be required to fund this campaign, we are targeting March 2015 for delivery of the first units.
There are a number of add-on products and improvements we've come up with, as well as new designs for other sporting goods markets.
- Lock it down!: As shown above, the CrossBo already locks. It was easy! Most off-the-shelf gun locks will work. However, when the CrossBo goes on sale in the near future we will provide our favorite version for everyone to purchase.
- Multiple boards?: Another very popular request has been for multiple board capability. To accommodate, we have responded with yet another planned addition to our product line-up. Namely, an extension kit. The extension kit is under development, and will allow users to stack up to 2 boards using the CrossBo.
- Stand-up Paddle Boards?: We know stand-up paddle boards (SUPs) are a big and growing market, and we plan on designing a bigger beefier version of the CrossBo to handle these board behemoths.
- Skis and Snowboards?: This is an exciting future market for us. We believe it will be easier to redesign the CrossBo for skis and snowboards because there is less thickness variation. This version of the CrossBo will easily handle multiple skis and snowboards for those long driving trips to the mountains with your friends.
* If you stand-up paddle board, snowboard or ski please consider our lower pledge options (certificate, window sticker and T-shirts). None of the future development ideas described above will be possible if we can't get this launch product off the ground! So everyone's pledge is crucial.
- Intro track: Run Amok by Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)
- Background track: The Claps by The Wavers (jamendo.com)
Risks and challenges
While every possible step has been taken to mitigate unforeseen risks and challenges before they occur, it is possible for new obstacles to crop up. Whether these obstacles will be under our control or not, the best solution is to have a team of skilled and experienced professionals ready to attack them. This is our approach, and we believe that team is in place. Whether it's an engineering, manufacturing or other issue, we have the necessary expertise and experience to tackle it.
Despite all of our hard work, there may still be some problems that cause unavoidable delays. However, as a backer of this campaign, you will be kept in the loop during every success, challenge, obstacle and delay. We will be open, transparent and honest about the whole process.
Thank you for taking the time to consider our campaign. We hope you are excited and confident enough about the CrossBo to help us make it a reality. We are always available to answer your questions. So please do not hesitate to ask them. Feel free to also check out our FAQ on theCrossBo.com.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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