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by BWD
Tue Aug 07, 2018 2:41 am
Forum: Board Builders
Topic: How to build a bar? Just the rod/pole item ~60cm. Anyone done it?
Replies: 104
Views: 21881

Re: How to build a bar? Just the rod/pole item ~60cm. Anyone done it?

foam corks at each side of the hole (just keep 5 to 10mm more than the center hole diameter) drill only one side ... I’d go for 25-30mm each side if I did this. Also might add extra wraps of carbon or glass around outside near hole. Both would help to take beatings from safety releases, stress conc...
by BWD
Mon Aug 06, 2018 2:31 am
Forum: Hydrofoil
Topic: Spitfire club
Replies: 69
Views: 9399

Re: Spitfire club

Wait are you still a junior college shop teacher upstate or did you join a Russian troll farm?
Never mind,
by BWD
Mon Aug 06, 2018 12:56 am
Forum: Hydrofoil
Topic: Spitfire club
Replies: 69
Views: 9399

Re: Spitfire club

Kinda drastic? Did you ask nico caillou about it? Usually he’s pretty responsive about products...
by BWD
Sun Aug 05, 2018 1:30 pm
Forum: Hydrofoil
Topic: Spitfire club
Replies: 69
Views: 9399

Re: Spitfire club

Wings are brand new.... Are you the kind of guy who would slag a guitar manufacturer if the guitar needed tuning? Surely there has to be sheet of 300 grit and maybe a bottle of isopropanol accessible to you. ‘Cause you should clean the foil, too. Then sand TEs at the correct angles. And don’t forge...
by BWD
Sat Aug 04, 2018 4:12 am
Forum: Hydrofoil
Topic: Spitfire club
Replies: 69
Views: 9399

Re: Spitfire club

So tune the TE’s...
by BWD
Thu Aug 02, 2018 2:39 am
Forum: Hydrofoil
Topic: Suggestions on which "neutral buoyancy" foil to get.
Replies: 25
Views: 1409

Re: Suggestions on which "neutral buoyancy" foil to get.

You don’t even have to push the mast. Push the lower rail of the board. Easy if strapless. Does the same thing, and not as sharp.
I often just put knee of front leg on near edge of board, it rotates board up easily and then shift to using heel pressure to keep it vertical
by BWD
Thu Aug 02, 2018 2:35 am
Forum: Hydrofoil
Topic: Lateral Flex in aluminum mast
Replies: 2
Views: 269

Re: Lateral Flex in aluminum mast

Sounds like something ain’t right.
Likely either not assembled right, or something is broken.
Sorry.
If you show pictures, maybe the problem and solution will be clearer.
by BWD
Sat Jul 28, 2018 3:02 am
Forum: Hydrofoil
Topic: How do you transport (car) your HF?
Replies: 24
Views: 1797

Re: How do you transport (car) your HF?

I bet. I’m looking forward to trying a bigger wing myself, see how that one goes...
by BWD
Fri Jul 27, 2018 12:23 pm
Forum: Hydrofoil
Topic: How do you transport (car) your HF?
Replies: 24
Views: 1797

Re: How do you transport (car) your HF?

As I found out in a rented golf, assembled foils can go in most small or medium cars behind the front seats, front wing down, tail up, fuse roughly parallel to seat back. If you insist on a Porsche, fiat, or “smart”, though, good luck! Giant surf wings, ymmv
by BWD
Tue Jul 24, 2018 1:28 pm
Forum: Hydrofoil
Topic: Mono hulls in America's Cup - this should be interesting
Replies: 15
Views: 1714

Re: Mono hulls in America's Cup - this should be interesting

“Spars in a v” - the ones rising from near deck in a shallow v, appear to be deck spreaders. Give a wide shroud base to support mast. No inboard shrouds visible, just diamond stays. Not too unusual. Not hydraulics I think. They could be hollow and serve a dual purpose, anchoring shrouds and holding ...

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