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    14s Forever!
  1. MT14er stung by the 'WASZP'?..OD foiler...

    When I first started building my moth in 2008, I had never seen a moth before except in pictures and videos. When I launched the boat the first time I was guessing how to rig some of the parts and had just a vague hope that many of the systems I built would actually work. The only thing I took with me on my first sail was the information that I’d gleaned from the internet and the encouragement from the online moth community and SA. I was foiling on my first day (until some parts broke) and attempted a foiling gibe on my second day. When people ask me “is that hard?” I say it’s like riding a bike. If you try to learn how to ride a bike as an adult, it will be tricky and you will fall but you’ll figure it out after a while. Once you feel the balance of the boat it really isn’t difficult (except foiling tacks, those are feaking impossible). Once you fly there is no going back.
  2. MT14er stung by the 'WASZP'?..OD foiler...

    What Phil sail. If your boom is at the bottom of the sail you get all foot tension and no leech tension. If you had a crazy wishbone boom that attached to the top of the mast you'd get all leech tension and no foot tension. Put it in the middle and you get a bit of both. Changing the amount of outhaul could pull both the foot and the leech, which may work fairly well.
  3. MT14er stung by the 'WASZP'?..OD foiler...

    Ya, I have to agree with that. Dropping some of the strings and the making a less complicated rig it a good idea, but I doubt the boat will be any easier to sail than a Moth. It's a cool boat though, I'd buy one.
  4. That's an easy one - Flot Sam I Am!
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    DC Designs

    Actually I have an idea of why this may have happened. So when you vacuum bag a convex surface the bag pulls (is pushed actually) onto the curved surface. Once the film comes into contact with the surface and begins to apply some pressure the composite material is compressed slightly. On a convex surface this results in slightly smaller total surface area so there is no tension on the bag. But when you compress the concave surface the surface area of the composite needs to increases slightly as it is pushed down (not much, but a bit). With the bag firmly pressed against the hull at this point, the bag needs to stretch slightly all over the surface to accommodate the extra area created at the moment of compression, which would produce a slight bending force. Possibly.