gmb13 wrote: ↑
Mon Jun 05, 2017 11:19 pm
Macisback wrote: ↑
Mon Jun 05, 2017 9:37 pm
Shame, sounded like a good idea in the first place.
But a Zeeko Carver with 60cm Mast and a huge SUP - you think that could work?
Nope. Tried it. Almost killed myself.
Also tried with the windfoil proto that has 900cm2. Under the Carver in this pic.
Also almost killed myself.
The problem is that these wings are just too damn fast. Even if you get up on the foil in the wave, you end up outrunning the wave really easily. As these don't pump so well, you find it hard to get back into the wave and then get pounded.
I think a possible "issue" with Zeeko wings is the angle of attack relative to the board (and I assume it's the same with your SUP experiment). You need more speed to get the required lift. One reason I'd like to experiment changing the wing/fuse/stab combo angle relative to the board, is to make the riding position more comfortable, and hopefully the take off and landing more gradual. At the moment the nose of the board (AirWave 5'1, btw) is pointing high resulting in my front leg bent and the back one straight. Might look cool, but definitely not comfortable.
I've been foiling with the Carver wing for a month with the expectation it would fly as slow as my learning HF (Cab DA) and just switched to the 535 cm2 Freeride wing. To my astonishment, I didn't notice difference in the bottom speed (just as slow, and nearly as slow as the Cab DA). Furthermore, I found the Freeride giving more buffeting warning prior to stall than the Carver. The relative thicknesses of the chords could be the explanation.
On an another related opinion in this, I don't agree with Peter Frank "It will work even better than the very low aspect wings, you can get up earlier and it will be more stable, it will not be as lively when turning though
The aspect ratio shouldn't affect'the turning (yawing) speed. The length of the fuselage and the surface of the vertical appendages do.