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by tmcfarla
Tue Jun 25, 2019 1:51 pm
Forum: Hydrofoil
Topic: carbon vs Alu mast
Replies: 12
Views: 643

Re: carbon vs Alu mast

I have an aluminum (Zeeko) mast and a carbon (lift) mast. The aluminum mast is slightly lighter, barely thicker, and seems every bit as stiff. Maybe the high end race masts are a lot better, but I think a good aluminum mast is probably fine for nearly anyone. The fuselage attachment point of the lif...
by tmcfarla
Fri Jun 21, 2019 1:17 pm
Forum: Hydrofoil
Topic: Hydrofin? Any insights on this?
Replies: 15
Views: 718

Re: Hydrofin? Any insights on this?

I'm fairly convinced that due to airfoil shape+ laws of physics there will never be a half decent bidirectional foil. That vid does nothing to change my mind. well... at least for the wing/most efficient shape part....NASA has already figured it out. https://www.nasa.gov/directorates/spacetech/niac...
by tmcfarla
Fri Jun 14, 2019 1:24 am
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: Foil boards with minimal volume (built like a twin tip)
Replies: 12
Views: 771

Re: Foil boards with minimal volume (built like a twin tip)

I used a modified shinnster for a while, definitely prefer my current board which is 1” thick (still quite low volume). Volume helps with visibility a lot, and it is lighter. I guess I can see the appeal of it being indestructible for airline travel, but for anything else a bit of volume is nice.
by tmcfarla
Thu Jun 13, 2019 12:46 pm
Forum: Gear Builders
Topic: Pocket Board (HF) Layup Question
Replies: 19
Views: 802

Re: Pocket Board (HF) Layup Question

On mine I did 2 layers of 6 oz carbon fiber on each side along with 2 strips of unidirectional carbon (maybe 25x80 cm), and that is over a heavy foam. The board is probably overbuilt, but it is still very light. I wouldn’t skimp too much on material, it really doesn’t seem to add much weight to make...
by tmcfarla
Sat Jun 08, 2019 3:33 am
Forum: Hydrofoil
Topic: Zeeko Bullet 2018
Replies: 11
Views: 1856

Re: Zeeko Bullet 2018

Zeeko was way ahead of the curve 3-4 years ago. I don't think they have changed much aside from adding more wings. Still should probably be one of the first alloy foils considered unless you want very big surf wings.
by tmcfarla
Fri Jun 07, 2019 9:31 pm
Forum: Hydrofoil
Topic: (almost) tool-less foil setups
Replies: 20
Views: 1163

Re: (almost) tool-less foil setups

But the lift foils still needs a mallet to remove from the mast. No amount of grease has eliminated my need for a mallet. Weird. I've never once used a mallet on my 2017 lift or had any trouble getting it on or off the mast. I gently press in place and then alternate tightening screws, and to remov...
by tmcfarla
Fri Jun 07, 2019 12:56 pm
Forum: Hydrofoil
Topic: (almost) tool-less foil setups
Replies: 20
Views: 1163

Re: (almost) tool-less foil setups

Lift foils are very easy, with only 2 small screws to attach mast to fuselage/wings. But it is just two pieces, so not the most travel-friendly. Depending on salinity of your water, you may be able to leave any foil partially assembled.
by tmcfarla
Wed Jun 05, 2019 1:16 pm
Forum: Hydrofoil
Topic: Foilboarding Kite Sizes
Replies: 6
Views: 477

Re: Foilboarding Kite Sizes

For me, 6 is my favorite size of 4,6,8,10 quiver. My 4m and 10m see very little use. My 6m wave kite is good from about 15-25 knots at 70 kg with a small-ish foil, with a bit of leeway on each end. I like the overlap I get from 6m + 8m, but could definitely handle a 6-9 or 5-8 quiver. A 4m jump migh...
by tmcfarla
Sat Jun 01, 2019 4:05 pm
Forum: Hydrofoil
Topic: Seat harness better for foiling?
Replies: 18
Views: 1048

Re: Seat harness better for foiling?

I use boardshort harness with rope spreader, which is like a very minimalist seat harness. I also have a ride engine and a dakine c1 waist harnesses, but waist harnesses always ride up on me and give me back pain. The only reason I would choose a waist harness over board short harness is for very he...
by tmcfarla
Thu May 30, 2019 12:28 am
Forum: Hydrofoil
Topic: Peak for foiling
Replies: 20
Views: 1284

Re: Peak for foiling

I'm 0 for 1 but the wind went to 2-3kts and I was the last one with a kite in the air . I have had 3 sessions on the 5m and it's amazing , I use a 55cm bar with 27m lines and I can ride it down to 10 kts on a 110 lift and im 140 lbs . I don't think it has the high end that I was looking for so now ...

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