Foil Optimist

Discussion in 'Boat Design' started by Manfred.pech, May 16, 2016.

  1. OzFred
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    I think that you can be confident that if anyone creates a foiling Opti that is stable and easy to foil, it will be very, very different from the concept boat.
     
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  4. Doug Lord
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    Foiling Optimist

    The better quality video above is longer than the facebook version and shows the boat using the standard Opti rig. Hopefully, this will make its way to youtube.
     
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    Foiling Optimist

    More info from the video:

    Published on Apr 5, 2017

    Graphene and hydrofoils gives optimist dinghy superpowers
    Students and researchers at Chalmers University of Technology and SSPA Sweden has designed and developed an optimist dinghy with supreme capabilities. By using a composite with added graphene the hull is made stronger and lighter. Hydrofoils are added to lift the boat, decreasing drag and allowing greater speeds. After experimenting and testing in SSPA:s ship research and development facility in Gothenburg, Sweden, the dinghy is ready to be tried out at sea for the first time. @axelrahmsailing will do the honors.
     

  7. Doug Lord
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    Foiling Optimist

    Now that they have a composite hull with excellent hydrofoils maybe this is the next step:

    photo-Yoichi Yabe

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