We performed the first Kitefoiler test with a kite today. Greg Ketterman, designer of the Trifoiler, joined us on the test. Prior to testing with the kite, we towed the boat to the city and back around Treasure Island to make sure that everything was working as expected. The foils were a little looser than we would have liked, but the wind picked up, so we tried the kite anyway. Despite the mediocre wind speed, the boat performed very well, foiling consistently with two crew members in the area between Angel Island and Chrissy Field. After returning to the shop, Joe disassembled the cassettes and found the problem with the foils–the stress on the bearings had caused them to fall apart.
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