A bulbous round "tip" ? Assume you mean nose ?TomW wrote:Moses fuse is circular in section. I have one. Be a real pain to get that thing stabbed into me, and frankly, I fear it. Already call the thing " Jaws" after ripping up my wetsuit during 3rd ( crash) session. too bad you mess up the finish by reshaping it.
Peter, would you just make a bulbous round tip and tail? will it effect foil performance?
Eminem feat. Dido wasn't bad....3InletsWindsports wrote:I find it a bit irritating that the big kite companies are buying in technology rather than contributing to the development.
yes, somewhat- but on other hand its a small industry and co-operating concentrates limited finances to a company with core competence and allows them to move ahead faster in early days of development curve. It might take Slingshot a long time to catch up if ever, organic growth is slow.3InletsWindsports wrote:I find it a bit irritating that the big kite companies are buying in technology rather than contributing to the development.
Bulbous nose wouldn't make a lot of sense with a foil since you don't need any nose. The good foils have wings built into the fuselage so that there's no "nose" to speak of. The goal is reduced frontal area...adding a nose where there need be none is just foolish. I think the only noses you'll continue to see on foils will be for designs that have a fuselage with a removable front wing, i.e. Alpine and what not.tegirinenashi wrote:Bulbous tail doesn't make any sense: it would negatively affect performance by creating turbulence. Bulbous nose, however might slightly increase performance. Unlike bulbous tails, bulbous noses are common in marine vessels: tankers, submarines, and even latest generation aircraft carriers. Needless to mention that a century ago all ships and submarines had sharp noses.
The fact that hydrofoil manufacturers still insist on sharp noses highlights that hydrofoil construction is still voodoo craftsmanship rather than science, influenced by gut reaction what shape makes underwater objects fast.
Yeah it probably does...it's just a manufacturing thing, their design is more modular and easier to pop out a variety of wings that way. That's how the Sword2 is put together as well. Making an attached front wing + fuselage like the newer race foils is definitely a bit of a compromise in terms of disassembly and makes changing wing setups a more expensive proposition.TomW wrote:It's a mystery why it's pointy then. There's no mechanical reason the point could be blunted or shaped so it's at least not protruding in front of the wing leading edge.
I'm going to take a look at it thus weekend and make a proposal to Moses and see what they say.
Probably voids warranty, ya think?