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by tmcfarla
Sat Jul 13, 2019 3:48 am
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: The Future of the Sport?
Replies: 74
Views: 3478

Re: The Future of the Sport?

Foiling is actually pretty cheap. No question that the margins are high, but foils make a 6+9m quiver reasonable even in low wind areas, and the saving of that are huge. My whole set up could be replaced (new kites, new foil, everything) for under $3000, which puts it on par with backpacking or rock...
by tmcfarla
Sat Jul 13, 2019 12:30 am
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: The Future of the Sport?
Replies: 74
Views: 3478

Re: The Future of the Sport?

Kiting is, and will remain (for the indefinite future) the cheapest and most accessible form of sailing. Not sure why people are up in arms about specialist gear, kiting gear is cheaper and better than ever with brands like switch, gong, etc. Even if you go full tilt with a fast foil board and a qui...
by tmcfarla
Fri Jun 28, 2019 12:07 pm
Forum: Gear Builders
Topic: Pocket foilboard divynicell 80 core Ghetto build tips?
Replies: 19
Views: 944

Re: Pocket foilboard divynicell 80 core Ghetto build tips?

merl wrote:
Fri Jun 28, 2019 7:23 am
Thanks. Useful info. Did you use stringers? That looks tricky unless you stop short of the nose kick.
Nope, no stringers. Just strips of unidirectional carbon on each side.
by tmcfarla
Thu Jun 27, 2019 1:48 pm
Forum: Gear Builders
Topic: Pocket foilboard divynicell 80 core Ghetto build tips?
Replies: 19
Views: 944

Re: Pocket foilboard divynicell 80 core Ghetto build tips?

I used diviycell 80 for mine and it worked really well. I would probably use a divinycell 60 next time though, as I think 80 is overkill. I did use a giant clothing vacuum bag ($10) with a vacuum cleaner, but I think it would have been fine without. I used 2 sheets of 1/2 inch (12 mm) d-80 glued tog...
by tmcfarla
Tue Jun 25, 2019 1:51 pm
Forum: Hydrofoil
Topic: carbon vs Alu mast
Replies: 25
Views: 1908

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: 917

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: 15
Views: 1234

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: 48
Views: 2097

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: 1970

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: 1333

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...

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