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  1. Dave Clark

    Steve and Dave Clarks Unidentified Foiling Object

    Reach out to Quiet Waters Sailboats in Waubaushene. They sell (and enjoy) UFOs and can probably move it for you in short order on consignment. DRC
  2. Dave Clark

    Steve and Dave Clarks Unidentified Foiling Object

    Standard is 7.8 and has a lot more of the area concentrated in the head where it contributes to heeling moment. I've used the storm sail or "pinhead" in around 40. When it hit 40 we had to go home because it got legitimately terribly sketchy to be out there, but the high 20's and low 30's are...
  3. Dave Clark

    Steve and Dave Clarks Unidentified Foiling Object

    Yup. I used a snow stake as a wand for about a year. It's got some minor benefits but it's more limited in chop than the solid carbon wand. The springiness of the stake makes for essentially a delayed reaching in the wand system. Totally viable workaround for getting back on the water though. DRC
  4. Dave Clark

    Steve and Dave Clarks Unidentified Foiling Object

    Brief note from Area 69: I've brought on an old friend as a consultant who's between jobs through the end of September to help build and/or overhaul our customer service system and automations. You'd think that boat parts sales are an easygoing gravy-train, but without a ton of drag reduction...
  5. Dave Clark

    Steve and Dave Clarks Unidentified Foiling Object

    The in-field improvement to the boom forks is something that has occurred more organically through the user-base. The MK1 boom forks aren't insufficient in their own right as much as they are prone to onshore breakage during setup and breakdown from wrenching. I've never managed to get one to...
  6. Dave Clark

    Steve and Dave Clarks Unidentified Foiling Object

    It's also worth noting that this zone crumpling is intentional. If we made the AoA adjusters stronger, every grounding would involve a major fiberglass repair. That's deliberately built to sustainably contain the force of impact. DRC
  7. Dave Clark

    Portstar from Laser

    Business is still obscenely strong in North America pretty much across the board. Having a strong training in economics, I can find no rational reason why this is the case. However, having a strong training in economics, I can find many highly effective and functional irrational reasons why this...
  8. Dave Clark

    Steve and Dave Clarks Unidentified Foiling Object

    1.What orientation is the boat sitting in at the time? Is it tipped over on its side or is it upright? If it's on it's side, the whole system can sort of sag out of alignment thanks to gravity. If that's happening while it's upright. Take a small round file or a 1/4 inch drillbit and a drill and...
  9. Dave Clark

    Steve and Dave Clarks Unidentified Foiling Object

    This is, and always has been, a totally beautiful preventative maintenance move. DRC
  10. Dave Clark

    Steve and Dave Clarks Unidentified Foiling Object

    How to install a thicker rudder bottom plate: 1. With a phillipshead screwdriver, remove the screws on the bottom of the rudderhead 2. With a medium weight mallet, tap the rudder bottom plate downwards, to shift it free of the tongue and mortice joints that fasten it in place. In shifting from...
  11. Dave Clark

    Steve and Dave Clarks Unidentified Foiling Object

    The retrofit processes are different from the OEM processes, so it's not as simple as shooting a video. The bushings are just a freebee, as are the mast collar rings which help with rotation as you've concluded. All of these retrofits are for long term issues because we found out about them...
  12. Dave Clark

    Steve and Dave Clarks Unidentified Foiling Object

    Check your rudder AoA as well. If you've got the whole system desperately trying not to foil it might be swinging the strut forward. DRC
  13. Dave Clark

    Steve and Dave Clarks Unidentified Foiling Object

    I got your email an hour ago. Gimmie a hot second to reply. Note to the viewing public: There's a shortage of black G10 globally. Hence the nude G10 pictured in some parts above. Structurally identical. Cosmetically different. DRC
  14. Dave Clark

    Steve and Dave Clarks Unidentified Foiling Object

    You might want to check your spam filters or something. I replied to your questions in detail about 15 minutes after you sent them on Sunday evening. I addressed everything or pretty damn close to everything you're restating above. I sorta thought the lack of reply back was because you had a lot...
  15. Dave Clark

    Steve and Dave Clarks Unidentified Foiling Object

    This is going to seem highly counterintuitive, but your move into the boat as it rolled to weather is what undid you. The boat's accelerating as it gets up on the foils. That means your apparent wind is shifting forward. So if you're holding the mainsheet unchanged, you're actually easing. Stay...
  16. Dave Clark

    Steve and Dave Clarks Unidentified Foiling Object

    Being able to sail off a beach with the rudder reefed and the mainfoil up was probably the most critically important and consistently tested parts of the design. It involves some technique, but you definitely don't need to execute a mod to do it. Sail with the provided rudder partially down. So...
  17. Dave Clark

    Steve and Dave Clarks Unidentified Foiling Object

    Clove hitch with aft-biased tails to arrest rotation in the wand paddle. If you're getting that response rate, you're already pretty good on spring-rate, but you'll want to be sure to be using an aft-biased clove hitch on the wand itsself. If you don't the paddle can end up perpendicular to the...
  18. Dave Clark

    Steve and Dave Clarks Unidentified Foiling Object

    Hopefully got you sorted here. Check your inbox. It's itemized across seven emails so it's a bit tough to navigate. One thing I'll note is that we've relied on this forum as a resource for years but it's become harder to navigate as it's grown in length. Other methods of smoothly educating have...
  19. Dave Clark

    Steve and Dave Clarks Unidentified Foiling Object

    Eh. Too late. It's Sailing Anarchy, not Healthy and Socially Acceptable Interest in Sailing DRC
  20. Dave Clark

    Steve and Dave Clarks Unidentified Foiling Object

    Yup. The foil is designed to twist along the flap like an f50 wing. This reduces tip vorticies. It should be practically impossible to manipulate it with your thumb and forefinger. There are several other good reasons for this, but it's late on a sunday and I'm already emailing Ron. Keep in...
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