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by opie
Sat Nov 25, 2017 8:26 pm
Forum: Hydrofoil
Topic: wings for using smallest kite possible
Replies: 42
Views: 2479

Re: wings for using smallest kite possible

In my experience the Takuma sup foil (around 1500 cm squared) needs more kite because it is so inefficient. If I am underpowered I do best on my Ketos FR2 xl wing, which is 880 cm but a much thinner more efficient design.
by opie
Mon Oct 30, 2017 7:54 pm
Forum: Hydrofoil
Topic: Leash...enemy of the foiler?
Replies: 13
Views: 1092

Re: Leash...enemy of the foiler?

I just tied a bunch of knots in mine.
by opie
Tue Oct 24, 2017 2:26 am
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: Do I need to do lock stitching on a brummel splice?
Replies: 40
Views: 3471

Re: Do I need to do lock stitching on a brummel splice??

I did a brummel with too short of a tail and when I pulled on it the rope tail split into its strands and allowed the splice to let go. So a long enough tail is necessary.
by opie
Mon Sep 25, 2017 3:58 am
Forum: Hydrofoil Builders
Topic: filling bolt holes?
Replies: 10
Views: 1205

Re: filling bolt holes?

Finally gave it a shot. Not as easy as it looks. I think it will work but I think it is prudent to start saving for a production board. Hopefully they will be available when I am ready.
by opie
Sun Sep 24, 2017 1:19 am
Forum: Foil Kites
Topic: Hand-held vacuum cleaner for inflation
Replies: 25
Views: 1985

Re: Hand-held vacuum cleaner for inflation

I am in your shoes, looking for a good deal on a leaf blower. I pulled out my dirt devil hand held rechargeable vacuum and it doesn't blow out much air at all. maybe as much as a 3 inch personal fan. This is probably the cheapest model on earth but even so it is not even close to strong enough to in...
by opie
Thu Sep 21, 2017 10:13 pm
Forum: Hydrofoil
Topic: Aftermarket/3rd party wings
Replies: 16
Views: 1422

Re: Aftermarket/3rd party wings

I have the ketos Fr2 whole foil. It is expensive but I liked the fact that they make lots of wings I can buy that all fit.
by opie
Thu Sep 21, 2017 9:35 pm
Forum: Hydrofoil
Topic: Aftermarket/3rd party wings
Replies: 16
Views: 1422

Re: Aftermarket/3rd party wings

$500 or less and I would buy it. It would have to be very special to cost more than that. I'd much rather buy wings than whole new sets. I have already bought an extra wing and stabilizer from Ketos, and I would have no qualms about spending the same money with a 3rd party vendor. A different wing f...
by opie
Fri Sep 15, 2017 2:51 am
Forum: Hydrofoil Builders
Topic: filling bolt holes?
Replies: 10
Views: 1205

Re: filling bolt holes?

Awesome post. Now I can get to work.

I am going to order "structural filler", will west system 404 high density filler be good? It is supposed to be stronger but harder to sand, or can I get away with a low density filler like west system 407 with microbaloons?
by opie
Fri Sep 15, 2017 12:58 am
Forum: Hydrofoil Builders
Topic: filling bolt holes?
Replies: 10
Views: 1205

Re: filling bolt holes?

Sounds very possible the board will self destruct over time from this, and possibly the foilmount too. If by over time you meant after about an hour of riding you were correct. So now I have delamed the bottom of the board. I will take off foilmount and would like to just through bolt the foil on, ...

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