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by tmcfarla
Mon Jul 16, 2018 7:24 pm
Forum: Hydrofoil
Topic: Strappless or Strapped for Learning to Foil ??
Replies: 23
Views: 908

Re: Strappless or Strapped for Learning to Foil ??

I spent my first two days with a front strap, then I had a fall where I think I narrowly avoided a nasty knee injury. Decided to ditch straps after that. Third session was spent trying to sort out strapless water starts, but after that I never missed them. Three seasons later, I don’t miss foot stra...
by tmcfarla
Mon Jul 02, 2018 9:25 pm
Forum: Safety
Topic: Drift launch - consistently get steering and front line tangled
Replies: 14
Views: 6028

Re: Drift launch - consistently get steering and front line tangled

I never wrap lines. What I do (works very well in any winds, but I don’t use this in larger shore break) 1.) lay out lines, make sure no sticks are caught in lines 2.) double check your lines. Do not skip this step. 3.) In stronger winds, place a couple handfuls of sand over all four lines, maybe ev...
by tmcfarla
Sat Jun 30, 2018 6:42 pm
Forum: Hydrofoil Builders
Topic: Will it be strong enough
Replies: 6
Views: 4506

Re: Will it be strong enough

I don’t have any expertise here, but I did a pocket board (108x40x3), with 2 layers of 200 g carbon weave and two full-length strips of unidirectional carbon on each side (about 8 inches wide). Extra carbon patches by foil attachment. It weighs only 2.6 kg including a full deck pad (and core foam is...
by tmcfarla
Sat Jun 30, 2018 6:28 pm
Forum: Board Builders
Topic: tapping threads into epoxy?
Replies: 4
Views: 1873

Re: tapping threads into epoxy?

I definitely would not trust threads cut into epoxy to hold a foil. big washers should work, depending on board and washer size, may want a little extra fiberglass under the washers. If you don’t want anything protruding, use stainless t-nuts, and probably a few layers of glass on the bottom skin so...
by tmcfarla
Wed Jun 27, 2018 12:48 pm
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: what's better? 2 old Cab SB kites or 1 new one?
Replies: 10
Views: 6651

Re: what's better? 2 old Cab SB kites or 1 new one?

I’d stick with new kites. If funds are tight, just buy new kites either on clearance, or from one of the direct-to-consumer outfits like switch. These days there is very little difference between brands and across years. Canrinha is no better than any other brand, just shop around. When buying used,...
by tmcfarla
Sun Jun 03, 2018 3:49 pm
Forum: Hydrofoil
Topic: 2017 Lift Foils
Replies: 60
Views: 16607

Re: 2017 Lift Foils

Haven’t used a Zeeko carver or 150, but had Zeeko black and white and now use 110. I would think the 110 is probably pretty comparable to carver in terms of low end. 110 has way better low-speed abilities than the Zeeko black and white. For my weight (150 pounds/70 kg), I can’t imagine needing a lar...
by tmcfarla
Sat May 26, 2018 1:04 pm
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: new 2017/2018 Naish Boxer
Replies: 44
Views: 13899

Re: new 2017/2018 Naish Boxer

Question. I have the 12m boxer. It's a pretty well behaved kite. Like the relaunch. Doesn't seem to get too crazy when powered up. However I have a lot of trouble with the kite backstalling. I just got a 10m boxer, and have same issue, I’ve been foiling with 3 strut and 0 strut kite for the past co...
by tmcfarla
Fri May 25, 2018 5:55 pm
Forum: Hydrofoil Builders
Topic: What wood for mast core?
Replies: 15
Views: 9305

Re: What wood for mast core?

I wouldn’t worry about strength-to-weight ratio, a wood core will be light either way. I would be most concerned with how well a wood shapes in the cnc. I would think any durable softwood that shapes well and is easy to get would be fine.
by tmcfarla
Thu May 24, 2018 7:17 pm
Forum: Hydrofoil
Topic: Kite foiling and sargassum?
Replies: 11
Views: 7439

Re: Kite foiling and sargassum?

I have not tried foiling in sargassum yet, but if you have anything like what I’ve seen in Barbados the past two years, don’t bother, it won’t be possible. Even tiny patches of seaweed can through you off a foil, I don’t see any way to get through the large mats of sargassum I’ve seen, where even su...
by tmcfarla
Mon May 21, 2018 3:31 pm
Forum: Hydrofoil
Topic: Slingy & LF taking competitor wings
Replies: 18
Views: 10642

Re: Slingy & LF taking competitor wings

What message are Slingy and LF sending that they have to go to competitors and incorporate their wings? Are they not innovative enough to come up with their own? I think the message they are sending is that they are working to grow the sport by supporting smaller businesses and individuals with goo...

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