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Re: First impression of Gong M Pro

Postby RalfsB » Wed Mar 18, 2020 8:05 am

Flyboy wrote:
Tue Mar 17, 2020 9:28 pm
DRAZ wrote:
Tue Mar 17, 2020 8:34 pm
RalfsB wrote:
Tue Mar 17, 2020 9:28 am
Regarding the weight of the setup: I just got my M Pro wing with the 40cm surf stab and the 70cm carbon mast (which includes the fuselage and the plate mount in one piece), it all together weights 3363 grams. Everything fits together nicely, the workmanship is perfect and it all looks very sturdy.
What made you choose the 70cm? I'm debating the all carbon but ideally would like something in the 90cm.

There is currently only a choice between 70cm & 100cm in the carbon Gong.

To put weight in perspective: my LP foil which has a 100 cm mast & a 700 sq cm front wing weighs in at 2600 gms. The longer mast & smaller wing of the LP might more or less cancel out (I will check at some point) ,meaning that the LP foil is considerably lighter. However, it's possible that the Gong set up, with integrated mast & fuselage may be stiffer - in fact the mast itself may be more heavily built & stiffer - & I have a feeling that that makes more difference to performance than weight.
I wanted to try the 70cm, seems it may be better suited for local conditions where water along the shore is quite shallow with lots of sand banks, also want to use it for light winds when the sea is pretty flat anyway. Regarding stiffness -- the gong setup is really sturdy and stiff, when I put Alpine carbon side by side with Gong, Alpine looks almost fragile.

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Re: First impression of Gong M Pro

Postby omg » Wed Mar 18, 2020 8:12 am

RalfsB wrote:
Wed Mar 18, 2020 8:05 am
Flyboy wrote:
Tue Mar 17, 2020 9:28 pm
DRAZ wrote:
Tue Mar 17, 2020 8:34 pm


What made you choose the 70cm? I'm debating the all carbon but ideally would like something in the 90cm.

There is currently only a choice between 70cm & 100cm in the carbon Gong.

To put weight in perspective: my LP foil which has a 100 cm mast & a 700 sq cm front wing weighs in at 2600 gms. The longer mast & smaller wing of the LP might more or less cancel out (I will check at some point) ,meaning that the LP foil is considerably lighter. However, it's possible that the Gong set up, with integrated mast & fuselage may be stiffer - in fact the mast itself may be more heavily built & stiffer - & I have a feeling that that makes more difference to performance than weight.
I wanted to try the 70cm, seems it may be better suited for local conditions where water along the shore is quite shallow with lots of sand banks, also want to use it for light winds when the sea is pretty flat anyway. Regarding stiffness -- the gong setup is really sturdy and stiff, when I put Alpine carbon side by side with Gong, Alpine looks almost fragile.
Thanks for the info, if you try to bend and also rotate the foil by turning the fuselage when the whole setup is attached to the board and upside down, how stiff the system is, please?
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Re: First impression of Gong M Pro

Postby RalfsB » Wed Mar 18, 2020 2:08 pm

omg wrote:
Wed Mar 18, 2020 8:12 am
Thanks for the info, if you try to bend and also rotate the foil by turning the fuselage when the whole setup is attached to the board and upside down, how stiff the system is, please?
I do not have many other foils to compare to but definitely stiffer than my Alpine 90cm carbon mast setup; Gong's fuselage is fatter and the way wings are mounted on the fuselage allows for much less movement. I really can't imagine anything stiffer in this weight category.
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