The 16 foot Maxiflex Model B (also called Maxi-B) is the diving board that is used in all major diving competitive events in the world. Universities that have a diving program have the Maxi-B diving boards, as do many high schools. The Maxi-B is slightly lighter in weight and is said to give a slightly quicker action in the hurdle-step. Divers who practice on the Maxi-B are accustomed to this action, and they do not want to adjust to a different timing when they compete away from their practice facility.
Warning: The pool where this board will be installed must have diving-well dimensions conforming to U.S.A. Diving/FINA minimum specifications (or better) regarding depths of water underneath and out ahead of the diving board. Also the pool must meet the U.S. Diving minimums for distance between board and pool side, distance between 2 boards, and height clearance in indoor pools.
The 16 foot Maxi-B is basically a one piece ribbed extrusion of aluminum alloy 6070-T6, heat treated for a yield strength of 50,000 psi. It has a torsion-box extrusion, an anchor angle, and tip end cap riveted to the basic section. It is tapered from the fulcrum area to the diving tip, and it is tapered from the fulcrum area to the anchor end. The double-taper allows the whole board to arc while flexing, giving it approximately 15% more lift than the 16 foot Duraflex. What distinguishes the Maxi-B from the other models is that the diving tip has 189 slots in the metal of the top skin which reduces the weight of the tip-end. It also provides less air resistance and better footing.
The board is coated in aqua-colored thermal-curing epoxy resin. The top surface is finished with a laminate of flint silica and alumina, between coats of epoxy to affect a slip-resistant surface. The diving board is to be bolted to the diving board stand by 2 carriage bolts 5/8 inches in diameter. (If the stand is a Durafirm stand, use 5/8 x 3-1/2 inch stainless steel board bolts. The 5-1/2 inch long plated steel board bolt is the most common size used on non-Durafirm Stands.) The underside ribs of the board are protected from direct contact with the Duraflex metal fulcrum by rubber channels (8) attached to the board with epoxy adhesive. Dimensions: 19-5/8 inches wide.
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