BEACHING it I felt was doable because it advertises raising and lowering the foils from onboard.0Royjoyinc:
As relatively early UFO owners/sailor (hull 93) I understand some of your frustrations . My first recommendation is to begin the conversations by asking for help, not introduce yourself by complaining about the boat, the company, or the person that manufactured it. The boat is not perfect (none are) but it is an amazing foiling dinghy that can provide a huge amount of fun and sailing satisfaction from a modest investment in money and a moderate investment of time.
As Martin said above, the UFO (and all other foilers that I'm aware of) are unique enough that setting the boat up and learning to sail it is not intuitive. It can be done, but its pretty frustrating. And there is no need to...these problems have been solved! You just need to know where to look for solutions. If you are seeking a boat that you can jump on and sail without instructions or outside help, then you have chosen the wrong boat. There is definately a learning curve for everyone. As I said, it DOES require a moderate investment of time.
The first place to look further is this email thread. Just about every frustration you have listed has been voiced here, and solutions developed. But its been over 4 years of learning and development, so it takes a while to read through all the posts. Dave and Kelly have posted some great instructional videos.
I'm a little surprised at some of your expectations. No, you can not just beach it (well, I guess you could, once). Since you list foiling A-Cat's in your resume, you understand that foils need to be rigid and they need to be beneath the hull. So, please don't complain that you can not beach the boat with the foils down. But you can, with practice and a properly set up boat, sail off a lee shore with a fully retracted main foil and partially retracted rudder. Once in deep water, it takes 2-3 minutes to secure the rudder foil down and lock the main foil into position. When returning to shore, you simply reverse the process. I do this all the time, its the main reason I chose the UFO over the Waszp, but it took me some time to master the skills. Full disclosure, raising the rudder and keeping it up is not always smooth, and one of the aspects of the boat that I feel could be improved. Sailing in heaving winds in 'shallow water mode' is definately tricky, but it can be done.
Your problems with the main halyard and the rudder rake adjustment are all well known and easily solved. The easiest way to learn fast is to find an experience UFO sailor nearby and rig up and sail with him or her a few times. Once Fulcrum starts up its UFO clinics, they provide a huge amount of experience and help in a short amount of time if you can attend one. Other than that, read this post, ask specific questions, read the Fulcrum Speedworks site for FAQs and instructional videos.
Fulcrum Speedworks doesn't always do or design everything the way I would do it. The owners manual, for example, is a project that I'd tackle if I were in Dave's shoes and I'd develop a comprehensive pdf and video manual showing how to rig the boat and tips on sailing and foiling it. Perhaps he would have fewer Sunday night emails to address! But he runs it, not me, so he has his priorities. And he has a hell of a lot more experience building boats and running a boat company than I do, so I respect that. Their customer service is great. You don't mention how old your boat is, but there have been changes over the years and Fulcrum will help you understand what changes have been made and which ones are critical to do and which ones are just nice to have. They will provide the parts to bring your boat up to modern specs for very reasonable prices. They won't make you buy a new assembly if they can sell you a less expensive component and explain how you can repair it yourself.
Sorry for the long reply, but there is much to cover here. If you want a simple boat that you can just jump on and sail, you have the wrong one (but the Rocket might fit the bill nicely!). But if you want a foiler that can be rigged up and foiling in under 20 minutes, you have the right boat. I hope you stick with it, its a real treat to foil once you get the boat sorted and spend some time mastering its nuances.
solved many of my problems. But Still a problem raising the rear foil. Working on that. Lots of help from Dave and docs - as I uncover them.