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Foldable Mast Concept

Postby bragnouff » Thu Jul 20, 2017 10:44 am

Just another brain fart...

Trying to address the issue of spots where a large shallow area has to be crossed before reaching water deep enough for foiling. Sandbars, rocks, etc...
Walking and bodydragging can take time, and it's never the most fun part of a session... well, better use the wind for that!
Folding/Unfolding the mast would be done quickly through pins. or with some sort of tie down straps, that wouldn't introduce too much of drag, at least on the fuselage side of the mast, where it matters most.
Folded down, board would be usable in about knee deep water.
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With folded mast, the board is still reasonably rideable, likely with more drag, but still possibly benefiting from some lift provided by the wings operating in the correct AOA. (further forward though...)
Alternatively, helps with pack down / fits in the car.

Devil's in the detail... maybe more thickness required on the mast, some loss of stiffness, un-tolerable extra drag...

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Re: Foldable Mast Concept

Postby windmaker » Thu Jul 20, 2017 11:05 am

Perhaps the mast sliding up and down through the board (like on Americas cup boats) would be simpler to achieve...

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Re: Foldable Mast Concept

Postby Lokihel » Thu Jul 20, 2017 11:11 am

windmaker wrote:
Thu Jul 20, 2017 11:05 am
Perhaps the mast sliding up and down through the board (like on Americas cup boats) would be simpler to achieve...
You'd need a very reliable system, at the risk of getting impaled :thumb:


The major problem though would be that the mast would be sticking out of the board on the other side.... :bye:

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Re: Foldable Mast Concept

Postby socommk23 » Thu Jul 20, 2017 11:14 am

Tooless quick release foil and mast would be better. Wear it on your back in 2 pieces. Get to deeper water and plug it all together.
Clunk click done

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Re: Foldable Mast Concept

Postby pstkk » Thu Jul 20, 2017 11:32 am

socommk23 wrote: Tooless quick release foil and mast would be better. Wear it on your back in 2 pieces. Get to deeper water and plug it all together.
Clunk click done
Stringy Foil is working on just that:

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Re: Foldable Mast Concept

Postby nick14 » Thu Jul 20, 2017 11:40 am

Maybe a reliable telescopic mast would work. Could extend out another 1/3 of the compact size pretty reliably I would think without looking too much ridgidness. Would also be god for packing up in the car.

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Re: Foldable Mast Concept

Postby bragnouff » Thu Jul 20, 2017 11:41 am

pstkk wrote:
Thu Jul 20, 2017 11:32 am
socommk23 wrote: Tooless quick release foil and mast would be better. Wear it on your back in 2 pieces. Get to deeper water and plug it all together.
Clunk click done
Stringy Foil is working on just that:

https://m.facebook.com/story.php?story_ ... ent_filter
Cool stuff, but I don't see that working in deep water. Drop something and oops, it's gone. Carrying the foil on the back seems dangerous also unless you can fold the wings somewhat parallel to the mast

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Re: Foldable Mast Concept

Postby socommk23 » Thu Jul 20, 2017 2:20 pm

A telescopic mast could serve as a foil school setup too.

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Re: Foldable Mast Concept

Postby Bletti » Thu Jul 20, 2017 3:27 pm

Another option I haven't seen discussed here that I think worth exploring is making a board that can be easily ridden upside down with the foil out of the water so you can get out then flipped over and take off.

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Re: Foldable Mast Concept

Postby bragnouff » Thu Jul 20, 2017 3:52 pm

Bletti wrote:
Thu Jul 20, 2017 3:27 pm
Another option I haven't seen discussed here that I think worth exploring is making a board that can be easily ridden upside down with the foil out of the water so you can get out then flipped over and take off.
You'd have to ride with a full body armor then, wouldn't you?


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