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by foam-n-fibre
Thu Oct 12, 2017 5:38 pm
Forum: Hydrofoil
Topic: How often do you swim in @ <10knots ?
Replies: 30
Views: 1637

Re: How often do you swim in @ <10knots ?

The type of wind at different locations makes a massive difference. At home on the river I ride on I get maybe a 6 or 7 km fetch max, and might only have 2 km of wind coming over the open water. I recently was down on Lake Ontario where despite the light wind, with 100+ km of fetch and the right wea...
by foam-n-fibre
Mon Oct 09, 2017 12:11 pm
Forum: Hydrofoil
Topic: Who calls LEIs vertical structural elements "masts"?
Replies: 34
Views: 1457

Re: Who calls LEIs vertical structural elements "masts"?

I think strut is the more correct word. But it's tough to battle the momentum that "mast" seems to have got. Try discussing the hydrofoil setup on a windfoil or any hydrofoil sailboat. They would have masts on both sides of the boat! I doubt they will use the word mast in the long term, it's too con...
by foam-n-fibre
Sat Sep 30, 2017 12:41 pm
Forum: Hydrofoil
Topic: foot hook warrenty
Replies: 12
Views: 767

Re: foot hook warrenty

Hey I made PVC foot hooks too. Did I post about them before or did someone else come up with the same idea? I put epoxy inside the bent part once it was shaped, to add some strength, glued on a bit of foam and wrapped with a windsurfer footstrap cover to make it comfy.

Peter
by foam-n-fibre
Wed Sep 27, 2017 8:59 pm
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: It's about my nipples....
Replies: 28
Views: 1700

Re: It's about my nipples....

Aquaseal works great, I have used it a lot, BUT wipe with alcohol first. I had some fail a while ago and did some tests. Wiping with alcohol makes a huge difference and makes a very strong bond. A light sanding improves it a bit (with or without alcohol. But alcohol made the biggest difference by fa...
by foam-n-fibre
Sat Sep 09, 2017 12:10 am
Forum: Hydrofoil
Topic: Production carbon mast composition
Replies: 22
Views: 1856

Re: Production carbon mast composition

For the record, the core does matter when it comes to stiffness, and in some cases it can matter a lot. If the skin of a foil was thin and was hollow, calculations might suggest it is OK, but in the real world as it tries to bend it would deform and become flatter, so suddenly it is not as thick, an...
by foam-n-fibre
Sat Sep 02, 2017 12:07 pm
Forum: Hydrofoil
Topic: Production carbon mast composition
Replies: 22
Views: 1856

Re: Production carbon mast composition

The thing that really surprises me is that this looks like EPS foam (white bead styrofoam). Yes, I know it is used in some kiteboards and surfboards, and almost all SUPs and windsurfers, but that foam has terrible structural properties. If bonding the 2 halves together they may as well just make it ...
by foam-n-fibre
Fri Aug 18, 2017 12:31 pm
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: Looking for the perfect kite spot to buy property
Replies: 20
Views: 2491

Re: Looking for the perfect kite spot to buy property

I have a buddy who works from a laptop anywhere and lives in Whistler (Canadian ski resort). It turns out that a good vacation place lets you travel all over. They do trips all over the world and mostly swap houses with other people who own in other places. If you are gone half the year and willing ...
by foam-n-fibre
Mon Jul 31, 2017 11:22 pm
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: windsurf vs kiting vs shoulder
Replies: 8
Views: 983

Re: windsurf vs kiting vs shoulder

I'm not sure about the specific mechanics of a rotator cuff, but as someone who still windsurfs sometimes, I can say that when things are balanced and you're not overpowered there's not too much difference - when hooked in. But, the "bar pressure" is a whole lot more on a windsurfer when overpowered...
by foam-n-fibre
Tue Jul 25, 2017 10:00 pm
Forum: Hydrofoil
Topic: Curved Masts and vortex generators on hydrofoils
Replies: 10
Views: 1569

Re: Curved Masts and vortex generators on hydrofoils

How much does the mast affect the upwind ability? I can see that on a windfoil with the mast vertical there is a lot of lateral forces and lift from the mast and its foil shape and flow could be important. But with the kitefoil inclined so that the rider forces are vertically aligned with the mast, ...
by foam-n-fibre
Wed Jul 19, 2017 5:36 pm
Forum: Hydrofoil
Topic: Windsurf Foiling to Rival Kite Foiling?
Replies: 23
Views: 2490

Re: Windsurf Foiling to Rival Kite Foiling?

Dwight, how does the low end compare? With my wind and shoreline conditions, going out and dropping a kite and swimming in is not really what I want to be doing. Does the windfoil need more wind to get going? There are some days when I don't kite when the lulls are too bad, but bobbing through them ...

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