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by Slyde
Tue Feb 13, 2018 7:00 pm
Forum: Hydrofoil Builders
Topic: Fuselage length
Replies: 3
Views: 466

Fuselage length

I have noticed that generation 1 racefoils eg Sword 1 had a few cm distance between the front wing and the fuselage, gen 2 eg. Sword 2 reduced this distance. I think this was done to reduce torsional effects of the front wing relative to the mast. The latest generation racefoils seem to have gone to...
by Slyde
Mon Feb 05, 2018 7:46 pm
Forum: Hydrofoil Builders
Topic: Vacuum pumps
Replies: 15
Views: 3795

Re: Vacuum pumps

Well I found a fridge pump at the local scrap metal yard for $10. It’s all running fine so i’ll do a test run and see how we go. Thanks guys.
by Slyde
Sun Feb 04, 2018 10:05 am
Forum: Hydrofoil Builders
Topic: Vacuum pumps
Replies: 15
Views: 3795

Re: Vacuum pumps

Cheers guys, Ill look for a fridge pump next week. Might have to buy the whole fridge though;)
by Slyde
Sat Feb 03, 2018 7:56 pm
Forum: Hydrofoil Builders
Topic: Vacuum pumps
Replies: 15
Views: 3795

Vacuum pumps

Wanting to do a small modification/repair to a carbon foil. I don’t own a vacuum bagging pump but have used one some years ago. I have lots of laminating experience but I will need to vacuum this carbon laminate to do a good job. Is there any good cheap solution for a vacuum pump for a small job? If...
by Slyde
Fri Dec 22, 2017 6:27 pm
Forum: Hydrofoil
Topic: Low Aspect to High Aspect
Replies: 14
Views: 1799

Re: Low Aspect to High Aspect

Just a few sessions. Don’t believe everything you read here. The forum has become dominated by guys who seem to like slow turny stuff. I think it depends on where you live. Personally I love race foils for free riding. Once you have the skills they deliver amazing low end and speed and they jump to ...
by Slyde
Mon Dec 18, 2017 5:02 am
Forum: Hydrofoil
Topic: Advice on foil kite
Replies: 16
Views: 1765

Re: Advice on foil kite

for 12-17 knots a decent 9m LEI will be fine and is a lot less hassle. Unless you are racing or after max speed a foil kite is of little point. I have a 9m chrono v2. Its nice, but for freeriding no better than a 9m edge to be honest, although does hang a bit better in transitions. Its a notch down ...
by Slyde
Thu Nov 30, 2017 6:16 am
Forum: Hydrofoil
Topic: America's Cup 2021, the hydrofoil AC75
Replies: 34
Views: 12757

Re: America's Cup 2021, the hydrofoil AC75

Cant wait for it. The tech they get from designing their T foils will directly influence kitefoils. The only thing I dont get is where are they going to get the power and the lever arm to hinge one of those foils down while underway. There seems to be no way you could get enough manpower to do that ...
by Slyde
Wed Nov 22, 2017 10:23 am
Forum: Hydrofoil
Topic: Worlds Top Kitefoil Racers Ready for Battle in Years Biggest Clash
Replies: 18
Views: 1516

Re: Worlds Top Kitefoil Racers Ready for Battle in Years Biggest Clash

I saw it the other day but can’t find it now. As I said almost all ML and Enata foils, one Banga (Nocher), one KFA, one Spotz, just a few Levitaz, can’t remember if there were any Swords, one Moses. But my memory may be a little inaccurate. Seems Levitaz has lost its popularity real quick.
by Slyde
Tue Nov 21, 2017 7:16 am
Forum: Hydrofoil
Topic: Worlds Top Kitefoil Racers Ready for Battle in Years Biggest Clash
Replies: 18
Views: 1516

Re: Worlds Top Kitefoil Racers Ready for Battle in Years Biggest Clash

Equipment list looks interesting. Almost all riders on ML or Enata. Just a few Levitas now. 6 months ago it looked a bit different. Its pretty cut throat for the manufacturers trying to get this market. Fortunes can rise and fall in less than a year. I wonder how much of the performance difference i...
by Slyde
Sat Nov 18, 2017 5:48 pm
Forum: Hydrofoil
Topic: How to lift our foils steadily?
Replies: 14
Views: 1324

Re: How to lift our foils steadily?

KFA mk3 is a super nice foil but takes a bit of getting used to. I moved from Spotz to KFA mk3 a while back and for a while found it difficult to ride compared to Spotz which is much smoother up onto the foil.. Now I love it but it is very sensitive to foot and track position. If you can find an exp...

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