Don't forget to strengthen the beams tooIt's probably a combination of boredom from not sailing much due to the pandemic, plus online coverage of the America's Cup, Vendee Globe, and Jules Verne Trophy, but this all has me curious about the plausibility of full foiling kits for Farrier/Corsair boats. I mean there's a full foiling kit for the Laser, so why not?
There is a lifting foil kit for the F-85SR/F-82R on the F-Boat Store, but it's not a full foiling kit.
It looks like the Ultime's have T-foils on the main hull and rudders, plus L-foils on the amas. There's obviously a ton of complexity with these boats that would be infeasible to translate directly a Farrier/Corsair kit, but what about something like this:
- T-foil on main dagger board with wand-style elevator control (like Moth or Laser kit)
- Fixed T-foil on rudder (again, like Moth or Laser kit)
- Fixed L or C foils on amas (like F-85SR/F-82R kit)
- Possibly fixed T-foils on aft end of amas to increase stability and/or reduce pressure on rudder?
This may be a really dumb idea, but I do take some comfort that it's at least not as dumb as this.
Then take a massive handicap hit
Get extra crew on board to run the foils
Then only foil for 5% of race time
Carry more drag and weight for the other 95%!