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Re: A little motor on the foil-board for swimming in/out

Postby noel » Mon Jan 23, 2017 5:58 am

Not sure if it could be used with the motor off.


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Re: A little motor on the foil-board for swimming in/out

Postby Mossy 757 » Mon Jan 23, 2017 2:02 pm

Besides the fact that any sufficiently thrusty drive system would octuple the weight of your gear, the idea of a moving propeller in the water near kite bridles sounds suicidal.

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Re: A little motor on the foil-board for swimming in/out

Postby airsurfer » Mon Jan 23, 2017 3:06 pm

Small electric jet drive system could weigh 5 to 7lb no props to worry about

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Re: A little motor on the foil-board for swimming in/out

Postby Rufusz » Mon Jan 23, 2017 7:01 pm

What about a smartphone app for the foil-board jet engine that can measure the battery drain, speed, nearby FB friends positions and has an online personal kite coach feature for a small monthly sum?

Also the battery should be compatible with the one used by the electric kite inflating super pump and the kite food supplement cooler box.

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Re: A little motor on the foil-board for swimming in/out

Postby lieutenantglorp » Mon Jan 23, 2017 9:06 pm

I actually have some, but only recently realized they would be good for this purpose since they are so light. The primary problem with them is that the rubber straps are very difficult to tighten and adjust, and near impossible to put on and adjust once you are in the water. I have removed the rubber straps and am currently in the process of installing webbing straps and using quick release buckles. I will try and post my results here.

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Re: A little motor on the foil-board for swimming in/out

Postby Mossy 757 » Mon Jan 23, 2017 9:20 pm

airsurfer wrote: no props to worry about
Props, impellers, whatever. Moving parts around bridle lines is whack.

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Re: A little motor on the foil-board for swimming in/out

Postby gwicke » Wed Feb 01, 2017 4:01 am

A few months ago I started to carry diving fins in a backpack. Used them once so far to pull my hydrofoil & rolled-up foil kite back to shore after the wind died. I swam on my back, pulling the nose of the foil board with my hand. Worked well overall.

These are the fins I use, mainly for their relatively low weight & the ability to slip them over neoprene boots: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00VB ... UTF8&psc=1

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Re: A little motor on the foil-board for swimming in/out

Postby nick14 » Wed Feb 01, 2017 9:22 am

I believe this is what you are looking for. http://www.scubajet.com
Attach it to the bottom of the board so when your on the foil it will be out of the water.

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Re: A little motor on the foil-board for swimming in/out

Postby fun2kite » Wed Feb 01, 2017 10:08 am

Yes!!!
nick14 wrote:I believe this is what you are looking for. http://www.scubajet.com
Attach it to the bottom of the board so when your on the foil it will be out of the water.

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Re: A little motor on the foil-board for swimming in/out

Postby Kamikuza » Wed Feb 01, 2017 10:39 am

Mossy 757 wrote:
airsurfer wrote: no props to worry about
Props, impellers, whatever. Moving parts around bridle lines is whack.
Yup. Heard the story of someone seeking a foil kite, Tom it out for one last ride...dropped it in the drink, a helpful jetski came to help and sucked the lines and bridle up into the intakes and impeller :(


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