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Re: Suggestions on which "neutral buoyancy" foil to get.

Postby Foxi » Mon Aug 06, 2018 10:37 am

Thats how Groove/Onda Combo floats as a standard after a post-fully-foiled-crash ..
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Re: Suggestions on which "neutral buoyancy" foil to get.

Postby Peter_Frank » Mon Aug 06, 2018 3:35 pm

slowboat wrote:
Mon Aug 06, 2018 9:39 am
Peter_Frank wrote:
Sun Aug 05, 2018 9:34 pm


There are also a disadvantage of "floating foils" as they tend not to be so easy retrievable after a crash, so not always a win-win eventhough lighter is in general better yes :(

8) PF

I have found the opposite to be true. With a "sinking foil", after a crash, the foil goes vertical and shoots downwind quickly and you have to chase it. With a "floating foil", after the crash, the foil remains horizontal and tends to just bob in place, allowing easier retrieval.

Yes, it goes vertical thus it dolphins downwind, and you can get it in a splitsecond just fly or even loop the kite :naughty:

If it is on its side, and you crash ending up downwind, you have to bodydrag for quite some time to get up to the board, as it sits on the side in the wind hardly going nowhere :(

For me this is a PITA regarding how fast you get back up on the board, as getting yourself downwind is superfast and easy, whereas upwind take a lot of time.

Maybe we crash differently?

I most often end up leeward of my board when I crash, and hardly never far windward of my board :D

Or do you talk about crashing the kite in the water? I doubt it, as this happens extremely rare when over the beginner stage.

The good thing is, you have to learn to crash less often - a motivation in itself just like riding in winter icy waters (apart from you just dont try anything nomore thus NOT good) :thumb:

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Re: Suggestions on which "neutral buoyancy" foil to get.

Postby tegirinenashi » Mon Aug 06, 2018 4:15 pm

Why would nonsinking foil sit there in place? Wouldn't it rather drift across the wind? Last year somebody actually reported his rig sailing upwind by itself!

I personally find the board drifting downwind super nice feature. With kite at 12 want to drift downwind slower than the board? Anchor the body vertical in the water. Want to drift faster than the board to catch it downwind? You don't even have to sine or loop the kite, just streamline your body horizontal for less water resistance.
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Re: Suggestions on which "neutral buoyancy" foil to get.

Postby Mossy 757 » Mon Aug 06, 2018 4:20 pm

The buoyancy of the foil isn't a good parameter to use when deciding how to spend your money. Seeing as this is page 3 of this thread, I'll just assume there's some disagreement with this point, but it's like asking, "What's the best foil to buy that comes with a sticker on it?"

Like...what? Why would you use that as the reason to decide to buy it? The problem being discussed only applies to rank amateurs and doesn't exist in the intermediate to advanced ranks of hydrofoiling.

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Re: Suggestions on which "neutral buoyancy" foil to get.

Postby gmb13 » Mon Aug 06, 2018 6:08 pm

slowboat wrote:
Mon Aug 06, 2018 9:39 am
Peter_Frank wrote:
Sun Aug 05, 2018 9:34 pm


There are also a disadvantage of "floating foils" as they tend not to be so easy retrievable after a crash, so not always a win-win eventhough lighter is in general better yes :(

8) PF
I have found the opposite to be true. With a "sinking foil", after a crash, the foil goes vertical and shoots downwind quickly and you have to chase it. With a "floating foil", after the crash, the foil remains horizontal and tends to just bob in place, allowing easier retrieval.
I have to correct you there Peter. If you have a no volume board with a buoyant Foil floating on it's side in flat water, it will sail itself upwind. Catching up to your foil when this happens can be difficult. This is why I prefer having a board with volume like the Groove as this does not happen.

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Re: Suggestions on which "neutral buoyancy" foil to get.

Postby Peter_Frank » Mon Aug 06, 2018 6:58 pm

gmb13 wrote:
Mon Aug 06, 2018 6:08 pm
slowboat wrote:
Mon Aug 06, 2018 9:39 am
Peter_Frank wrote:
Sun Aug 05, 2018 9:34 pm

There are also a disadvantage of "floating foils" as they tend not to be so easy retrievable after a crash, so not always a win-win eventhough lighter is in general better yes :(

8) PF

I have found the opposite to be true. With a "sinking foil", after a crash, the foil goes vertical and shoots downwind quickly and you have to chase it. With a "floating foil", after the crash, the foil remains horizontal and tends to just bob in place, allowing easier retrieval.

I have to correct you there Peter. If you have a no volume board with a buoyant Foil floating on it's side in flat water, it will sail itself upwind. Catching up to your foil when this happens can be difficult. This is why I prefer having a board with volume like the Groove as this does not happen.

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Precisely my point Gunnar - a board on its side and a floating foil will sail itself upwind, can be really hard to retrieve :(
Some boards do this more than others, not only volume but also the edge and size etc influences how well it "rides by itself".

But if it sinks because of a heavier foil, it will dolphin and/or drift with the wind down to you quite fast :thumb:

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