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by BWD
Fri Dec 15, 2017 6:59 pm
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: Are Switch kites getting any better?
Replies: 230
Views: 25197

Re: Are Switch kites getting any better?

To the person slagging BRM above, if you have some experience with kites as you wrote you should know that making more small panels instead of few big ones is: More sewing (possibly a pain in the neck I guess) More accurate shape if done right Less stretch over time More reinforcement without adding...
by BWD
Fri Dec 15, 2017 4:54 pm
Forum: Hydrofoil
Topic: Do I bother to get a 60cm mast?
Replies: 8
Views: 484

Re: Do I bother to get a 60cm mast?

You should get one! I often have 200m to walk or drag to reach good depth and plan to get a shorter mast to cut that distance in half (low tide) or eliminate it (high tide). But about waves and shallow water, there is no perfect solution, sometimes I get waves about 30cm in water only 60-80cm out ar...
by BWD
Tue Dec 12, 2017 8:04 pm
Forum: Hydrofoil
Topic: How to turn a hydrofoil - and what is YAW ?
Replies: 59
Views: 2674

Re: How to turn a hydrofoil - and what is YAW ?

Since the stabilizer is creating an opposite moment to the front wing (to counter-balance the forward pitching from the tow point being so high up on the rider's waist) then the dihedral angle will be opposite but complementary to the front wing. I do not think this is intended to replace vertical ...
by BWD
Tue Dec 12, 2017 4:03 pm
Forum: Hydrofoil
Topic: How to turn a hydrofoil - and what is YAW ?
Replies: 59
Views: 2674

Re: How to turn a hydrofoil - and what is YAW ?

Mossy i think the dihedral or anhedral on the tail of kite foils mainly to give some lateral projected area and avoid needing a vertical tail, since there is little net lift from the tail I wouldn't say it affects the handling in the way you propose. Flat or lower anhredral main wings in kite foils ...
by BWD
Tue Dec 12, 2017 12:34 am
Forum: Hydrofoil
Topic: How to turn a hydrofoil - and what is YAW ?
Replies: 59
Views: 2674

Re: How to turn a hydrofoil - and what is YAW ?

How I see it, it’s a little like riding a bike, you’re constantly starting to fall and correcting to get a reaction force that keeps you from falling, both when riding “straight” and in a curve or turn. Twisting to start yaw on a foil, are you not simply starting a “fall” toward the turn apex, such ...
by BWD
Thu Dec 07, 2017 8:51 pm
Forum: Hydrofoil
Topic: Importance of foil weight/float
Replies: 16
Views: 733

Re: Importance of foil weight/float

Heavy things hurt more when they hit you.
If you fall poorly (ahead of the board) you hope the board/foil has little inertia and little stability so it may not hit you, or if it does, may hurt less.
by BWD
Wed Dec 06, 2017 8:42 pm
Forum: Hydrofoil
Topic: Balance question - before I get my drill out....
Replies: 31
Views: 1343

Re: Balance question - before I get my drill out....

Just remove foot hooks and find your balance. Strapless it will take a few sessions. Strapped it could take a few years. Once you find your proper stance, add inserts if needed to use foot hooks again. But decent chance you’ll be happier strapless. Definitely easier to avoid hard crashes strapless. ...
by BWD
Wed Dec 06, 2017 5:49 pm
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: 9-15 Knots, choppy water, FW Evo, what kite?
Replies: 5
Views: 389

Re: 9-15 Knots, choppy water, FW Evo, what kite?

Unless you drop the kite all the time and are impatient about relaunch but don't wan to learn new techniques and don't actually have the wind go below, 10 kts, I would say get 13.4 cloud WITHOUT strut. It's in the light wind that the extra weight of the strut will be felt But it's only 150 grams so ...
by BWD
Sun Dec 03, 2017 4:51 pm
Forum: Hydrofoil
Topic: hydrofoil at max speed limit
Replies: 63
Views: 3092

Re: hydrofoil at max speed limit

Isn’t the standard course for speed a 90-110 lead in leg to build apparent and then a bear away over a curve to 140-150 or so?
Is this ok for foils also?
by BWD
Sun Dec 03, 2017 12:25 am
Forum: Hydrofoil
Topic: America's Cup 2021, the hydrofoil AC75
Replies: 34
Views: 1771

Re: America's Cup 2021, the hydrofoil AC75

Different concept as well as implementation judging by the video teases, litigation unlikely. Unless the Brazilian is rich stubborn and dumb, which is perhaps possible

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