NYKiter wrote: ↑
Thu Aug 03, 2017 12:06 am
Lots of wings becoming deteriorated over time....begs the question...how long is the life of a foil wing...and when is it time to replace and how does one know? Apparently the industry knows this as many are sold pre-scuffed....
I dont know the meaning of "pre-scuffed" ?
Are you talking about sanded matte surfaces ?
This is very deliberate as it would have the best performance in terms of low drag and better stall characteristics
Difference is often so small and not noticeable, so a glossy surface works just great too, and looks awesome
So not because the industry has some plan, they (most good brands) simply make the wings as perfect and lasting as possible
Regarding carbon wings, I would also except these to last almost forever, even wings used for more than 3 years, being scuffed on the bottom often and having scratches, can just be sanded away usually.
If you get a cut in the leading edge or tip, it can often just be filled with epoxy and thats it, and if a bigger one, use some fibre too.
So agree with OzBungy, they can last forever if they need to, good carbon work does not deteriorate over time, and scratches or dents can easily be fixed, or just let them be - for most riders we wont be able to feel any difference actually
Of course, if you let your hydrofoil(wing) scuff often in rocky bottoms, it will be worn faster and not last "forever" without relaminating - but this is only when learning it happens so will stop and only happen rare from then.
Many of us append with new wings for different purposes, but not because the first ones are worn