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by bragnouff
Thu Dec 07, 2017 10:33 pm
Forum: Hydrofoil
Topic: Importance of foil weight/float
Replies: 16
Views: 744

Re: Importance of foil weight/float

A buoyant foil will come in handy when you hit a rock at full speed and rip the plate away from the board. If it floats, you'll get your foil back quickly, although it is likely to be in a very bad condition... If it sinks, it could be more of a mission to get it back. So rule #1 with foiling: Do no...
by bragnouff
Tue Dec 05, 2017 8:59 pm
Forum: Hydrofoil
Topic: What is your HF kite quiver?
Replies: 44
Views: 2713

Re: What is your HF kite quiver?

Quite a bit of that quiver choice would be driven by your local conditions. Those who get lots of 6-10kts would seek top performance in their quiver and would gear it towards foils, while those blessed with stronger winds and waves wouldn't rush at all doing that.
by bragnouff
Sun Dec 03, 2017 10:41 pm
Forum: Hydrofoil
Topic: What is your HF kite quiver?
Replies: 44
Views: 2713

Re: What is your HF kite quiver?

Nothing too specific to Hydrofoil for me. All kites get some alternative uses on land, surf, shallows and snow, whatever the day calls for! Windranges for HF: and for (strapless surfboard) 12m Ozone Enduro 8-15kts / (14-20) 9m Ozone Enduro 11-18kts / (16-25) 7m GK Trix 16-25kts / (20-30) 5.5m GK Tri...
by bragnouff
Fri Dec 01, 2017 3:56 am
Forum: Hydrofoil
Topic: America's Cup 2021, the hydrofoil AC75
Replies: 34
Views: 1782

Re: America's Cup 2021, the hydrofoil AC75

Totally see your point but maybe one advantage of the monohulls is that they could sail in a wider range of conditions. In the previous AC, they had to cancel a race as soon as it was blowing over N knots (23?), essentially because those cats would topple over too easily. Hopefully that monohull des...
by bragnouff
Thu Nov 30, 2017 12:53 am
Forum: Hydrofoil
Topic: America's Cup 2021, the hydrofoil AC75
Replies: 34
Views: 1782

Re: America's Cup 2021, the hydrofoil AC75

Well, one could argue that vast amounts of money are also thrown into big sports, motorsports and all, developing high tech expensive stuff, and it's no different, just in a nicer domain, high performance sailing. Hopefully some trickle down effect in the future. And engineers would love being invol...
by bragnouff
Wed Nov 29, 2017 10:15 pm
Forum: Hydrofoil
Topic: America's Cup 2021, the hydrofoil AC75
Replies: 34
Views: 1782

Re: America's Cup 2021, the hydrofoil AC75

davesails7 wrote:
Wed Nov 29, 2017 10:10 pm
The biggest concern I've heard from others is that foil sticking out to windward at deck level will be scary for guys on the other boat!
They just have to paint it bright red, and she'll be right! :D
by bragnouff
Wed Nov 29, 2017 3:44 am
Forum: Hydrofoil
Topic: Kai Lenny's new foil
Replies: 11
Views: 2226

Re: Kai Lenny's new foil

I must say it looks beautiful, quite organic shape, well proportioned, smooth curves all around, really something Nature could have "designed" over the years (quite a few of them). As opposed to, for instance, the angular North foil with winglets, whose design could be qualified of industrial, or ma...
by bragnouff
Tue Nov 28, 2017 8:13 am
Forum: Hydrofoil
Topic: wings for using smallest kite possible
Replies: 42
Views: 3764

Re: wings for using smallest kite possible

I have no issues turning and carving in sub 10 knots, although I do a lot of downloops for gybes. Maybe your kites are more suited to those lightwind conditions. My biggest is a 12m Enduro, which I like for a bit of everything, but I find it lacks a bit of response when carving aggressively downwin...
by bragnouff
Tue Nov 28, 2017 12:05 am
Forum: Hydrofoil
Topic: wings for using smallest kite possible
Replies: 42
Views: 3764

Re: wings for using smallest kite possible

I think there's something that got omitted in the original question is the targeted wind conditions. There's a big difference between riding a tiny kite in decent wind (say 15kts+) and riding a medium sized kite in light winds (sub 10kts). And all answers trying to cover both cases are both right an...
by bragnouff
Tue Nov 14, 2017 10:42 am
Forum: Hydrofoil
Topic: Zeeko Spitfire Hydrofoil
Replies: 470
Views: 59027

Re: Zeeko Spitfire Hydrofoil

what is ERA line ? Getting a bit off topic, but it stands for Easy Relaunch Assistant, it's an extra line, running alongside a steering line that connects to the tip of a strut (not the center one obviously). Pull a meter on that line and the trailing edge folds on one side and the kite flips over,...

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