Kite Board Foiler Design

Discussion in 'Sailboats' started by Doug Lord, Jan 26, 2015.

  1. Doug Lord
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    How about losing the board altogether, split the 'aeroplane' of the foil in two lengthways, and attach each half to boots/bindings, kindof akin to wearing ice skates?
     
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    Then you'd have the drag of two struts piercing the surface-if I'm understanding you? It would probably work but I'm not sure it wouldn't wreck your legs..

    Update: Maybe have a "T" at the top of the single strut with two foot pads? But it would be hard to move your weight?
     
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    Yeah, I wondered about a T - kindof reducing the board to a minimum to stand on. I wasn't so worried about the drag, just on the principle that compared with the power of the kite, 2x not a lot was still not a lot... though obviously not as efficient as one. I'm not sure if it would be possible to get a workable orientation between the foils and the kite with the boot idea to allow for tacking.- (it would put a lot of twist in your lower back) unless the attachment point at the harness could slide around your waist.

    I just thought it might give another dimension to freestyle...
     
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    Masts

    I learned something new from this video: some kiteboarders call what I'd call the "daggerboard" -the "mast"! Interesting learning concept here with different length daggerboards, I mean, masts:

    http://www.foilingweek.com/2016/02/learn-to-fly/
     
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    Inflatable with very unique foils

    This thing is really cool! Not only inflatable but uses twin mainfoils shaped to allow the board to shunt rather than tack or gybe in the "normal" way.
    Watch the whole thing:
    https://vimeo.com/173044247
     

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    myszek - those guys built the exact same hapa I did, with the flipping paddlefeet and curved board, at I think about the same time (2004-2007 or so), only a bit bigger and much better constructed presumably - thanks for this link, very interesting, lots of nice hapas. I think it was a Mr. Biegler who inspired mine - I believe he had some interesting variations on his hapas, might be worth looking up again.
     

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    Bridge to Bridge

    Excerpt from the SA front page:

    Conditions were excellent for the 5.8 nautical mile down winder from the Golden Gate Bridge to the Bay Bridge. A southwesterly breeze of 18 knots and a favorable 2.5 knot flood tide made the sailing angle to the Bay Bridge ideal. The flat water, flood tide allowed racers to push their crafts hard down the entire race course. The early lead was taken by the lead pack of foiling kite boarders and they never were challenged by any of the other classes.

    A new course record of 10:32 shattered the previous record of 12:00 and was set by visiting Italian foil boarder Rikki Leccese. 1st-5th places were held by foiling kiteboards, 6th place was Tom Siebel’s Mod 70. The foiling kite boards continue to dominate the Ronstan Bridge to Bridge with highly refined hydro-foils and high aspect race kites. Average speed over the race course by Rikki was an amazing 33 knots! – Alan Prussia.

     
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