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    a foiling affordable multihull.

    At our sister publication's website: www.proboat.com. Free access.

    What do you think? It looks like tons of fun to me.

    Thanks, Carl

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    It is $1400 more than a new Laser, and will blow it off the water. It should be strongly encouraged.

    http://www.fulcrumspeedworks.com/UFO/faqs/

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    Default Re: Check This Out: Dave Clark's UFO (not Wooden)

    Quote Originally Posted by Carl Cramer View Post
    a foiling affordable multihull.

    At our sister publication's website: www.proboat.com. Free access.

    What do you think? It looks like tons of fun to me.

    Thanks, Carl
    I like it, and will look into seeing if they have demos or rentals at the factory. Comparatively cheap for a new boat $7,600. Of course it needs a certain accessory to be full awesome.

    https://www.amazon.com/Ultra-Honey-A...=wood+stickers

    On a more serious note as people now design and build wooden boats for Hobie drives, soon we will be building wooden boats for a commercial foil setup.

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    Great idea. I love some of the answers on robm's link!

    At what points of sail does the UFO foil at?
    • All of them.
      Upwind, downwind, reaching. It’s a full course foiler.
      No, of course not in irons. Don’t be silly now.
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    They seem to be a very innovative and practical outfit, that really understand what sailing is all about (FUN!!!). I can see this thing being the new Laser or Hobie cat. It brings modern high performance sailing to the masses, at an affordable price, just like the Laser and Hobie did 40 years ago.

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    That's a breakthrough boat!

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    I usually balk at the price of new dinghies. This is one that is making me wish I lived in a different place so I could utilize one.

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    Default Re: Check This Out: Dave Clark's UFO (not Wooden)

    You could always sail it on the river!
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    Steve is a long time friend, fellow canoe sailor although I'm not of that caliber: I have served as a driver in his C-Class campaign. So I have been watching the development of this boat. Long discussions of fun sailing, sailing for those who are not interested in envelope pushing. Demos will probably happen at events like foiling Newport where David had five prototypes sailing. He is just ramping up production with the goal to get the first group of boats that have been ordered into peoples hands in early summer. Looking forward to having a go myself.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Garret View Post
    You could always sail it on the river!
    I prefer not to be that exposed to the water of the Ohio river. That coupled with the short, steep, chop due to the wind being funneled directly upriver over shallow water against current means a fast foiling boat would at best be an exercise in constant short tacking upwind and downriver and short jibing downwind and upriver, which from what I gather is no easy task to do while foiling regardless of the boat. More likely, I'd just be constantly crashing down off the foils into the chop. As a wise man one said, "A man's got to know his limitations."

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    I saw one sailing at MIT last year. Very cool,

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    That's so cool. It could revolutionize things

    Looking at the video of this and other foilers, I find them almost unreal

    I watched a guy try to sail a Moth foiler. Just getting the boat moving was a real challenge. Not with a catamaran.
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