fun2kite wrote:Hi All,
Brand new to foliling. Just bought one from Moses. I hope to get some advise on how to attach it to the existing boards I have. thank you very much in advance for your help and time.
How to figure out where exactly on a twintip attach the foil? I have seen on directional boards, foil typically attach right at the end of the back foot strap. But twintip maybe different. Is there any rules on figuring it out?
Will just drilling holes thru the twintip to screw in foil work? Or will my twintip break in a water after I drill 4 holes in it to attach a foil. (I have Cabrinha Custom 133 cm to sacrifice for this experiment)
Or should I be glueing some kind of a plate to the bottom of the board and then drilling in that plate? If there are any posts detailing the procedure of attaching to a twintip please point me there.
Is ridding foil with a twintip recommended at all? to my understanding, it should not make a difference since once up out of the water, I would be ridding on a foil and just stand on a board.
Does it make a difference to which type of board foil is attached?
I would imagine, getting initial speed, maybe more difficult with a twintip as it has less surface and I plan to use foil in winds of 5-9 knots. is using twintip detrimental as far as getting out of the water in low winds or it does not matter?
2. Directional Foam based board. (Airrush Monaro 2009 )
I was told I need to re-enforce the board to be able to attach a foil to it.
Please help me with advise and maybe instructions on how to actually re-enforce the board?
And what are my options for attaching to the foam board? (Do I need to glue in some plate? should it be cut INTO the board? or attached at the bottom of the board (sticking out)
What materials I will need to re-enforce it? and how to actually do it?
Really appreciate everybody's time.
I can see you have never done any fibreglass jobs yourself.
Would advice that you get someone to build the Monaro attatchment setup for you (or even better, WITH you, so you can learn)
You need to get some basic experience with materials and construction - and this is not as easy as it sounds, and will take time and experience.
Of course you have to use full through bolts from bottom to top, and reinforce on top of that - otherwise your board will be destroyed and bend or even break the foil off at very first journey.
With the TT I think you might be able to pull it off, just by mounting directly through - and a good construction should not soak water IMO.
Regarding its position, it fully depends on the actual foil, and can be extremely different from brand to brand.
The only thing you can do when new, is to make it as "the brands own position" for the given foil - or even better, buy a board from MHL, and you can experiment yourself later, with your own boards
This way you KNOW the gear is OK, and it is you who need to practice more (good to know, eventhough you dont have an excuse when it wont work ha haa)
Bolts and screw heads can stick out, depending on how it is made.
No problems with that on the lower part - even the carbon plate can "stick out" (well, it will give a unnoticeable bit more drag before foiling, but no problem for you at all), apart from on the topside, where you need to hinder your feet getting "torn" somehow, if it is not countersunk/sunk into the surface.
Are you planning on going strapless on your TT ?
As straps is IMO not good, when you dont "jibe" and change sides...
I would not start out on the TT, not with straps, nor strapless - WAY too difficult when new.
You need a big board to keep you floating, while you learn to balance things.
Are you an experienced raceboard rider ? (really big board and fins that is ?)
If so, you will find the change to a non foiling foilboard possible.
If you are only used to waveboards and TTs and freeraceboards, you will absolutely hate the feeling at first - and you will fall nose over A LOT OF TIMES, as the foil acts as an anchor even more than the 45cm finned raceboards
Indeed YES, the bigger board will be an advantage in conditions "on the edge" at the lower limit.
But eventhough foiling is easy as eating pie, WHEN you can, it is not just something you step up on the board and do, or learn in a couple of sessions
On a beginner foil like the Carafino, it will come quite fast.
On a racefoil, you have to practice over and over for a looooong time - but this time is well spent, as when you CAN, it becomes easy one day
The MHL Lift is, as far as I can see, a foil somewhere in between, good for allround purposes.
But dont expect you to just go out and "ride away"
Every single one who has learned, knows what I mean - and those who havent tried it yet, havent got a clue how it feels...
It is impossible to explain - you got to feel and try it yourself
Hope you can use above.