Join Date: Jun 2000
Location: CT/ Long Island Sound
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Re: foil kits
We're getting a set from Amazon next week for our J/36. We had to order the bigger ones and expect to cut them down about a foot, since the smaller ones that would work well for your O'Day 23 wouldn't go down deep enough to lift our keel out of the water. Our plan is to 'glass centerboard trunks on the outside of the hull. We won't have to worry much about fairing the trunks into the hull since the boards will raise the hull out of the water anyway. That way we won't cut into the cabin space or joinery below, and we can use the cabintop mounted halyard winches to control the boards. , Keeping the boom from hitting the raised boards may be a bit tricky, but the added speed should be worth it. Judging from the AC cats, they were always sailing close-hauled, so perhaps the boom won't interfere with the boards too much after all. Of course we're modifying the rudder so that there's still some of it in the water when we're foiling too. We're hoping to get to work after we have the boat hauled next month and surprise our fleet in the Spring. The PHRF committee hasn't said what the foiling boards will do to our rating, but they've always been fair to us before.