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Re: Zeeko Spitfire Hydrofoil

Posted: Wed Oct 11, 2017 10:33 pm
by airsurfer
the Lickity Spit - standard rear wing XLW front wing. Takuma V100 AKA Monster Manta Ray just for comparison ;) it still blows my mind that the XLW low end and stall speed with 2 lifting wings approaches that of the Takuma without the giant surface area.

photo 1. standard spitfire vs Takuma
photo 2. the Lickity Spit ;)

Re: Zeeko Spitfire Hydrofoil

Posted: Wed Oct 11, 2017 10:56 pm
by bragnouff
:o The big advantage of the Takuma over the Spitfire is that you can use it to shovel the snow out of your driveway. Truly versatile!

Re: Zeeko Spitfire Hydrofoil

Posted: Wed Oct 11, 2017 11:45 pm
by airsurfer
ja ja ja correct :) also good for shoveling sand if your truck gets stuck in the dunes but I usually use a twin tip for that

Re: Zeeko Spitfire Hydrofoil

Posted: Thu Oct 12, 2017 5:37 am
by 3InletsWindsports
airsurfer wrote:
Wed Oct 11, 2017 11:45 pm
ja ja ja correct :) also good for shoveling sand if your truck gets stuck in the dunes but I usually use a twin tip for that
If I don't repurpose my Tt to take my Spitfire it might just rot away.

Re: Zeeko Spitfire Hydrofoil

Posted: Thu Oct 12, 2017 10:16 am
by Mikey
Ciao Airsurfer,

Any chance you could take some measurements of the xlw wings (length, width,thickness??)?

Also if a newbie was going to pull the trigger would you go for the spit or the Takuma (can ride and give ok a strapless surfboard)?
Thanks, Mike

Re: Zeeko Spitfire Hydrofoil

Posted: Thu Oct 12, 2017 12:44 pm
by tswierkocki
The Spitfire with XLW wings would be great to learn on since it starts early and stays on a plane at very low speeds.

It is also much safer when you crash than a traditional hydrofoil since it automatically heads nose down into the water unlike a traditional hydrofoil that tend to shoot out the water.

It also pretty much comes to a dead stop when you crash unlike a traditional hydrofoil that continues at a decent speed without the rider. The Spitfire reduces the chance of getting hit by the foil or having the foil end up tangled in your lines.

For a beginner I would not recommend the small wings until you can foil through all of your transitions on the XLW wings.

Re: Zeeko Spitfire Hydrofoil

Posted: Thu Oct 12, 2017 2:02 pm
by Blackrat
So who is gonna make a canard to sup/surf ? I think there are enough advantages to try it out

Re: Zeeko Spitfire Hydrofoil

Posted: Thu Oct 12, 2017 3:51 pm
by juandesooka
Blackrat wrote:
Thu Oct 12, 2017 2:02 pm
So who is gonna make a canard to sup/surf ? I think there are enough advantages to try it out
Agreed. Seems to make sense on several fronts. I've not yet found an answer to my question: is there a design reason no one is doing this? Or do they just not know canard possibilities?

I intend to pursue this with diy g10 wings. But the experiment will be stalled by my relenting to temptation and ordering one of the Chinese takuma rip offs. First figure that out then play with new configurations later.

Re: Zeeko Spitfire Hydrofoil

Posted: Thu Oct 12, 2017 5:21 pm
by BWD
Or do they just not know canard possibilities?
this.
nobody knows until they try, many possibilities not tried yet.

Re: Zeeko Spitfire Hydrofoil

Posted: Thu Oct 12, 2017 7:38 pm
by Starsky
Experimenting is a tall order sometimes. Have only about half the time on the water this season for a whole host of reasons. Until I start getting bored simply getting out there, I can't bring myself to sacrifice the time.