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dvCali



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PostPosted: Sat Jan 05, 2019 3:34 pm    Post subject: Tendon or mechanical for foiling? Reply with quote

Here we go with another silly question: I have to buy a single bolt base for my foil board and I wonder if I should get a mechanical. The mechanical would make removing the sail in the water easier and it has the most direct feeling that might come handy when flying ... opinions?
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brand_adam



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PostPosted: Sat Jan 05, 2019 5:16 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I have never noticed a difference while windsurfing and doubt I would foiling. At the one launch that requires me to attach the rig to the windfoil board in the water I would prefer a mechanical over my hourglass. I avoid tendons as I feel they fail the most often. It's also my understanding Chinook stopped making hourglasses for environmental regulation reasons in China. As a result.my next base may be mechanical.
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techno900



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PostPosted: Sun Jan 06, 2019 7:47 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I have both, mainly using the tendons for everything but my formula board. Since carrying a 9.0 and formula to water is a bit of a pain, I take the board and sail separately and rig in the water. I use the mechanical joint for this because of the easy attachment. I can't tell any difference while sailing. I have been using the same mechanical joint for over 10 years.
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bred2shred



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PostPosted: Sun Jan 06, 2019 8:25 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

brand_adam wrote:
It's also my understanding Chinook stopped making hourglasses for environmental regulation reasons in China. As a result.my next base may be mechanical.


Sorry to sidetrack the thread, but that’s interesting. If anything, I would have thought environmental regulations in China would be more lax than elsewhere. Regardless, I don’t see the hourglass rubber u-joints on chinook’s website which is a bit of a shame. Been using them almost exclusively for many years.

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dllee



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PostPosted: Sun Jan 06, 2019 9:42 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Blue, black, or grey, makes no difference.
Doesn't take King Kong to bend any joint to insert mast base. Gee, gotta line up the holes...rocket science..
As said no diff while sailing.
Year 2000, everyone was scrambling to buy Kinetic U joints.
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dvCali



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PostPosted: Sun Jan 06, 2019 10:50 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks for the suggestions, I'll carry the paraphernalia to the water separately so easy of attachment wins the day.
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grantmac017



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PostPosted: Sun Jan 06, 2019 1:17 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I prefer a one bolt mechanical for foiling. If there is any shorebreak I ditch the rig early and flip the board upside down.
Also I find that mast base position is a useful tool for adapting to the conditions when foiling.
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joethewindsufa



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PostPosted: Sun Jan 06, 2019 6:40 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

for the tendon i tend to lift or flip the board to its side
too lazy n afraid to flap myself in the face with the mast base
so, for the big boards (or sails) n foils, I would suggest the mechanical joint
work fine on my windskis too
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dllee



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PostPosted: Sun Jan 06, 2019 7:37 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

You sit on the board, reach forward to bend the u or tendon horizontal, then slide the mastbase on...even a 12 year old can do it. But maybe you can't.
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swchandler



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PostPosted: Mon Jan 07, 2019 4:35 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Ah, the luxury of attaching the rig and the board in the water in the SF Bay, or a lake somewhere, without ocean waves and rocks making things a bit challenging, especially at high tide.

With a foil, I'm thinking that the mechanical universal is the way to go
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