Re: [ksurf] arc v waterfoil
I would add to this that the Waterfoil is cheaper to buy and has more power
for area and turns quicker, size for size. The Arc doesn't superceed the
Waterfoil. They are very different kites and you need to work out what you
want from a kite. The Arc is a better kite for most average flyers and is
certainly much more stable than the Waterfoil - both in pitch and yaw/roll.
The ARC is his latest, with the ability to "sheet" in & out*, and no bridle
to tangle or cause drag. It is reportedly impossible to luff (or very
impossible), & quick to waterlaunch. I have a set of the three largest
on order, but they're not supposed to be available until the beginning of
year. Apparently there are some semi-prototype "1st & 2nd generation" ARCs
available now, with limited sheeting range.
* Adjust angle of attack for varying wind conditions giving a huge wind
like a 4-line inflatable.