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Recommendation on mast length for winging.

 
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apctjb

Since 19 Aug 2007
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PostWed Sep 22, 21 6:02 am    Recommendation on mast length for winging. Reply with quote

Going to take the plunge and take up winging this winter while down in LV.

Looking for recommendations on what mast length to go with? I am happy on the 91cm I ride kite foiling , and my tendency would be to go long. That said I see lots of wingers on 75 and 85cm so must be a reason.

So whats a good mast size for winging in the gorge and LV?

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moondog

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PostWed Sep 22, 21 8:16 am     Reply with quote

I'm very happy on my Moses 82 cm.
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apctjb

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PostWed Sep 22, 21 8:47 am     Reply with quote

Good to know, curious to understand why wing foils tend to run shorter mast than kite foils?

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ldhr

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PostWed Sep 22, 21 9:37 am     Reply with quote

apctjb wrote:
Good to know, curious to understand why wing foils tend to run shorter mast than kite foils?


Wingers don't lean out as much as kiters when going upwind.
Wingers use bigger boards - shorter masts are more responsive with big boards.
Shorter masts are conducive to riding swell - it's better to keep your foil high in the water column when riding swell, deeper down the water is reverse swirling that will impede the glide on a wave.
It's easier to handle a rig with short mast when taxing on land and launching/landing.

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apctjb

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PostWed Sep 22, 21 9:52 am     Reply with quote

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Wingers don't lean out as much as kiters when going upwind.
Wingers use bigger boards - shorter masts are more responsive with big boards.
Shorter masts are conducive to riding swell - it's better to keep your foil high in the water column when riding swell, deeper down the water is reverse swirling that will impede the glide on a wave.
It's easier to handle a rig with short mast when taxing on land and launching/landing


Thank you, figured there must be a good reason.

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Wind Slither

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PostWed Sep 22, 21 11:38 am     Reply with quote

Is there also more stress on a mast with a larger front wing and heavier board?

Maybe reasons to go shorter and aluminum vs. carbon?

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