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by tmcfarla
Sat Oct 20, 2018 6:07 pm
Forum: Hydrofoil
Topic: "Thruster" (Liquid Force) wing for beginners
Replies: 10
Views: 1233

Re: "Thruster" (Liquid Force) wing for beginners

I only used the rocket wings once. They suck. Thruster wings are much better, except for maybe your very first day on a foil. Thruster has comparable low end, i think. As I said before, thruster wouldn’t be my first pick, but it is fine and much better than rocket.
by tmcfarla
Sat Oct 20, 2018 4:05 pm
Forum: Hydrofoil
Topic: "Thruster" (Liquid Force) wing for beginners
Replies: 10
Views: 1233

Re: "Thruster" (Liquid Force) wing for beginners

I had it for a while. I think it would be ok for beginners. It doesn’t have great roll stability, but aside from that, overall pretty stable. I found the thruster to feel draggy, but I was using it with an older, thicker mast. It is a pretty nice foil if you are getting a deal, but I think the Lift ...
by tmcfarla
Wed Oct 10, 2018 2:20 pm
Forum: Hydrofoil Builders
Topic: Where to start?
Replies: 14
Views: 1023

Re: Where to start?

Ultimately, it depends on how much time and money you want to put into it. There is a reason that a lot of us did foam cures with vacuum bagging- it makes a really nice board. If you want something you can do in a weekend though, use plywood and deal with the weight. My first (and so far only) board...
by tmcfarla
Tue Oct 09, 2018 11:10 am
Forum: Hydrofoil Builders
Topic: Where to start?
Replies: 14
Views: 1023

Re: Where to start?

Yes, as a first project I want to go as KISS as possible. Both materials and tools. (e.g. I'd rather wait for epoxy curing) What I think of doing is: 1) Get 2 or 3 of sheets of wood sized 135x45cm (2 or 3? How many mm? 3mm? What kind of wood? Where do I find it?) 2) Glue the sheets together, while ...
by tmcfarla
Fri Sep 21, 2018 2:11 pm
Forum: Hydrofoil
Topic: Hydrofoil comparison table
Replies: 15
Views: 1599

Re: Hydrofoil comparison table

I remember seeing a table which compared a few hydrofoils, with a rating on different variables. I can't find the topic, it is probably from a year or two ago. Anyone remember that topic and has more luck finding it than me? Some of the points on which the hydrofoils were rated were speed, stabilit...
by tmcfarla
Thu Sep 20, 2018 4:18 pm
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: Is my instructor bias regarding buying gear?
Replies: 47
Views: 2919

Re: Is my instructor bias regarding buying gear?

How would I know the difference between a beginner kite and an advanced kite? Look at the manufacturer website. Often listed as “freeride”, but read the description. Manufacturers never seem to say the word “beginner” and will instead say something like “all-levels” or “progression”. Likewise, they...
by tmcfarla
Thu Sep 20, 2018 2:09 pm
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: Is my instructor bias regarding buying gear?
Replies: 47
Views: 2919

Re: Is my instructor bias regarding buying gear?

You aren’t going to be kiting in 8 knots, at least not for a while. That is hydrofoil territory. On a twin tip, at about your weight, I’d guess my low end with a big kite is about 11-12 knots, and that isn’t any fun. You gain a little bit with a directional, and a lot with a hydrofoil, but those wil...
by tmcfarla
Tue Sep 18, 2018 8:50 pm
Forum: Hydrofoil Builders
Topic: Best way to add bolt threads in the board for the mast when building board?
Replies: 24
Views: 1822

Re: Best way to add bolt threads in the board for the mast when building board?

Thinking of making a pocket board, but what's the best way to attach the mast in to board when I don't want to have through the board bolts & nuts but have the mast bolts threaded to the board, please? Thanks very much! :thumb: I just drilled holes into core and epoxied inserts in place, then sever...
by tmcfarla
Sat Aug 25, 2018 3:50 am
Forum: Hydrofoil
Topic: Once upon a time, before foiling as we know it...
Replies: 11
Views: 3460

Re: Once upon a time, before foiling as we know it...

The first time I tried foiling, I think I would have concluded it was impossible, had I not seen videos of people doing it. And that was with a production foil with plenty of r&d behind it. The people who stuck with home-brew foils without even knowing if it was possible were probably a rare breed. ...
by tmcfarla
Fri Aug 24, 2018 1:49 pm
Forum: Airstyle
Topic: When to go for a tube vs. for a foil kite for Airstyle
Replies: 23
Views: 2089

Re: When to go for a tube vs. for a foil kite for Airstyle

Also depends if you have space on your local beach or if it dangerous. Foil needs a bit more space IMO. I've different claim. Foil kite does not need beach at all. Enter water, unroll the kite and launch. And land kite to water Foil kites need large, clean beaches. Sure, you can land them in the wa...

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