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  1. dacarls

    new stuff in the a-class

    How about "KiwiGrip", a thick paint with grip marks in it. It cannot be as heavy as the foam pads. I like it on my A-cat.
  2. dacarls

    new stuff in the a-class

    My Hobie18 with SP hydrofoils was being towed by a large powerboat with the towline 7 feet up the bare mast. Unfortunately, the tiller was wobbly, and at about 22 knots I wobbled and got sideways in about 1 second. The towline safety line was too strong and BANG- instantly broke the metal mast...
  3. dacarls

    new stuff in the a-class

    The previous post #243 pretty much summarizes the state of the art in A-class. A critical element not mentioned is the recent (European) development of bendy masts and matching sails that appear to allow approaching "max hull speed" more of the time for these little boats. As always, inattention...
  4. dacarls

    new stuff in the a-class

    Looks excellent, SK. Yes- translation into "round the course" is the real deal. Are you using the super bendy mast too?
  5. dacarls

    new stuff in the a-class

    ""The other cool thing is how you can "generate downforce by rotating the windward board head forward". It seems to lock it down to the water, and as soon as it gets past the point where the horizontal portion of the foil is out of the water it lifts you up really quick, like a small child has...
  6. dacarls

    new stuff in the a-class

    The most we can see is that they fuzzed the "naughty bits". SO do you reckon---these C-foils with the L tip go down into the trunk and form a semi-V Surface-Piercing shape for off the wind work (like original ETNZ-72)? Pretty smooth sailing overall, especially with a genny up: Apparently they...
  7. dacarls

    new stuff in the a-class

    It is great fun seeing the French kid doing his thing. If you look, it is momentary foiling, with obvious loss of lift and crash at the completion of each "jump" as he calls it. Just like the Marstrom 32 and every other non-rudder-foiled cat with lifting or curved boards: They are thusly not stable.
  8. dacarls

    new stuff in the a-class

    It will be interesting to see how the ARC winglets sell for do it your selfers. Apparently, rudders fitted with them "go down" into position well. As opposed to 2013 World participant Oliver's which did not. One cannot see rudders in the posted pix, but Oliver's C-shaped wnglets were placed on...




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