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Vertical Stabilizer on Liquid Force Rocket Foil

Postby UKSurf » Tue May 15, 2018 10:25 pm

Has anyone tried sticking a vertical stabilizer (like a twin tip fin) on the Rocket Foil, and does it make much difference?

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Re: Vertical Stabilizer on Liquid Force Rocket Foil

Postby edt » Tue May 15, 2018 11:30 pm

You have a 4 foot mast as a vertical stabilizer already. I don't understand the purpose of adding one to the wing. To help laminar flow?

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Re: Vertical Stabilizer on Liquid Force Rocket Foil

Postby Eltreato » Tue May 15, 2018 11:48 pm

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Re: Vertical Stabilizer on Liquid Force Rocket Foil

Postby Peter_Frank » Wed May 16, 2018 5:45 am

Nice to see the 3D stab, cool :thumb:

In my experiences it is personal taste, just like a windsurf waveboard where some like really small twinzer fins so it becomes skaty and loose, others like a regular fin that gives more drive in the bottom turns and on the wave and better "hold" when pushed hard.

The same happens on a kitefoil, if you have a really small and flat horizontal stabilizer, it will be really loose and more twitchy, but also lively and can be fun.
With a stab (or a horizontal stab with upswept tips same thing) you get a much more driving feel both when going straight and particularly when turning, which feels quite good, especially if you are a windsurfer (or ex).

Personally I have found a compromise I use more than the other (eventhough I change stabilizers to one or the other style), too big and "steady" is not as playful, and too small (say flat and no stab) doesnt feel right to me, too twitchy and slides without drive somehow.

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