Arcsrule wrote:thinking my home built cf foil/mast is useless for retail, I'm thinking to cut the mast to about 18 inches or so. this will require building a new mounting plate. has anyone done this successfully? the new slingshot is just to new and pristine to keep for my uses, so I will sell it and give my Caraffino boards some usage. building/making stuff is what I truly love to do.
Why ? Not sure I understand - are you riding the hydrofoil, or are you selling the hydrofoil, or do you plan to make and sell several hydrofoils ?
We are missing a bit in your statement I think
How long is your mast now ?
90 to 100 cm is the length most wants (only racers go a bit longer), and I always advocate to jump over the "short mast" learning step that some are choosing the last year or so, as it is not worth it IMO.
For a hydrofoil school they work yes, as you have limited amount of time, and they can use the short ones always, where others can only use them for a very short time and then they are useless
Many got the idea it is more difficult to ride and balance on a longer "stick" - but it is just as stable as a hydrofoil is self balancing in terms of roll