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  1. Looks real tough Martin With all that sunshine you have to do a a lot of squinting while you sail. Plus there there's sunburns and overheating to worry about. Freezing rain and a drysuit (today's conditions in RI) is definitely the way to go foiling. But East Coast Foiling Midwinters #1 is now officially the biggest UFO regatta ever, so I'm definitely going to have to head to the Keys in a month. Let's keep the ball rolling and see if we can beat our record event attendance attendance from a clinic, too. I think we have one more that I believe is registering. -Nick
  2. Woohoo!!!! Glad to see folks starting to register for Midwinters #2 as well. Think we have one more coming to Midwinters #1 that's still not registered, but even without that we already have the most talented fleet of UFOs assembled thus far in one place. It's gonna be awesome. Think we'll all learn a lot from each other during the event. If you haven't made plans to attend a Foiling Midwinters in Key Largo, the time get started is now. We're offering 2 clinic days at each event in addition to the 3 days of racing. Plus we have charter boats available for Midwinters #2 and #3. (Midwinters
  3. I don't actually have a written guide for staying in the Keys on a budget on hand, but good on ya @martin.langhoff for suggesting it. I needed a little kick in the pants to write down what I know. That being said I've only been down to UKSC for one winter of sailing (last winter), so if you have a hot tip, please chime in. Most of what I know is from what folks have told me when I asked around. I've put a quick summary of what I know below and in a google doc, Key Largo Tips, that I'll keep updating as I learn things. If you have any questions or issues about making it down to Key Largo
  4. If you haven't been on the class website recently, take a look. A bunch of updates have been made to the event schedule (https://ufoclass.com/events/) in the last week including links to register for the three events in Key Largo this winter. If you're planning to head to one of the Key Largo events this winter, register today. Charter boats are available for all the events. Find event website links below. UFO Winter Circuit East Coast Foiling Midwinters Jan 15-20 Key Largo, FL East Coast Foiling Midwinters #2 Mar 11-16 Key Largo, FL East Coast Foiling Mi
  5. In Toronto during the winter, I don't see any issues with your storage setup. Technically, the slight bend indicates the mast is under a little more stress than it would be lying flat on the floor, but it's tiny and not worth being concerned about. I've been storing my mast upright in my boat since day 1 with the halyard tied to the end of the boom and the mainsheet tightened and tied off, so that there's a rakish and handsome bend to mast (gotta make sure you've got the best looking foiler in the boatpark ). The bend I put in my mast when stored results in much, much more stress than the
  6. Jealous of Martin's warm water and perfect foiling breeze? Impending snow storms messing up your foiling plans? Then it's time to start getting ready for the 2019-2020 UFO Winter Circuit. Dates for all 5 events are announced. NORs and sites for registration should be up for the first four events this week. We'll post all the latest info on the UFO Event Calendar. Check it out! Here's the rundown on the UFO Winter Circuit: Dec 7-8 Flying-V Charleston, SC Jan 15-20 East Coast Foiling Midwinters Key Largo, FL
  7. Some owners do have spare mainfoils. (Price is $748.57 plus tax.) Martin is one them as he bought a new mainfoil to keep foiling, while his old mainfoil is coming back to the Mothershop for hinge replacement. Mainfoils can suffer catastrophic damage when grounded or running into submerged objects (usually trash, sometimes creatures of the deep), and the hinge will eventually need maintenance. Rudder foils are much more durable. With the exception of folks who've stored spare rudder struts and foils at the bottom of the harbor, which can happen when you don't hook up the halyard or use th
  8. Our recommendation for repairing the mainfoil hinge in-field is to splice in new pieces of hinge material under vacuum. You can also use Tyvek tape to hold it down in a pinch. Or try splicing in a new piece and securing it with many, many clamps, but that doesn't work nearly as well. The repair with clamps will definitely not be as fair and will not hold up as long as a repair done under vacuum. As most folks aren't set up to vacuum bag, our real recommendation is to send your foil back to the factory for maintenance. Here at the factory we can replace the entire hinge, which you can't do
  9. The first improvement I’d work on making after replicating the existing system (i.e. sonar sensor for current ride height and servo for actuation only) is improving the algorithm. Specifically, the gearing on the UFO is setup to handle waves as well as possible at a slight top speed cost, but with the electronic system it’s easy to automatically adjust gearing. What you want to try is taking lift off the flap faster when ride height gets too high, adding it back faster when boat gets near/in the water and keeping the flap close to neutral at a constant gearing at your desired ride height. some
  10. Been made aware the diagram and pictures of the strap wrench mast separation method are only visible to me on the forum, not everyone. Fixed that below. -Nick
  11. 1 mm of slop is fine. If a big regatta were coming up, I might pull it out to replace it to get the boat perfect. But for recreational use or practice a little slop is fine. -Nick
  12. When it's worn out it will generally fall out of its own accord. They are friction fit and then superglued, if necessary, in the factory, but with wear and tear from foiling both the superglue and the friction fit wear out. If it's not coming out then it's probably still pretty tight and doesn't need replacement yet. If you can see the bushing from above you can knock it out (this depends on how tight we were able to make the top hole with latter hull numbers being nicer). You can also get a wedge under the lip of the bushing and pull it out from the bottom. But like I said before, if it'
  13. Number of nylon rudder bushings has always been the same. 2 in the rudderhead, 1 in the lower gudgeon inserted from the bottom. Every boat from 1 to present has been that way when they were shipped from the Mothershop. The prior owner of your boat might have made his own modification for reasons unknown to us. -Nick
  14. Gilles, Here's the actual part we ordered: https://secure.microplastics.com/catalogfull.aspx?srch=12SWS2581&sec=ǁ禀蘞쪼ѬᲵ㍬ They come in 500/piece bags and as I remember from talking to them the MOQ may be a few bags. If you do find somewhere else that makes bushings of these dimensions, let me know. It would be great for us to have more supply options for them. -Nick
  15. What part are you guys talking about? Rudder gudgeon bushings (picture below) from Fulcrum accommodate the 5/16" diameter pintle. When they get inserted into the lower gudgeon or rudderhead they get a little squished (diameter of the hole shrinks) and it can take some force to push the pintle through. As the nylon plastic has some give to it pushing the pintle through is the right call. You can drift it out with a drill bit, but this takes some life out of the bushing. With use the bushings get squished more and eventually require replacement to reduce rudder slop. You cannot buy ap
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