Hey Guys, builder here from Ireland, I’ve been doing watersports from windsurfing , skiing, Wakeboarding, Surf & SUP to Kitesurfing, landsailing and diving and most variants in between for over 20 years so when I saw @pacificmeister on youtube I knew I had to get an efoil!. I’ve been surfing the forum for the past 2 years and gathering funds. I’ve been delayed a few times due to moves, getting married, buying a house to fix up and building a shed (I’ll post a vid of the shed for laughs!) so now I’m almost free to focus on this!
Just managed to get most of the pieces together - ended up pulling the trigger on most items over the past month - got sick of looking so rightly or wrongly my items so far are:
MP70131 120kV Motor = $200 delivered
Flipsky 60V 200A FSESC = $250.45 delivered
“Waterproof” Remote - Condom solution on this for now = $27.52 delivered + Conformal Coating = $25
14 no. Boston Swing Batteries - 58.8V 42Ah = $380 delivered ($145 was delivery!!!)
58.8V 10A Charger = $85.71 delivered
Board is an old Windsurfer cut up - needs a lot of work but have other spare old ones about if I mess up. Not cutting until I have all of the electronics up and running.
Mast Windknife FF13 - £50 del but I bought 2 so £100 ($129) - very suprised at the strength it has!
Fuselage - 20x20 Al Profile - Plan on Aluminium welding these together
Wings & Mast/Motor Clamps - 3D Printed Carbon & Fibreglass - this may not work out but its fun to try!
Pump for watercooling
Plus all the extra Bits like hatches, connectors etc. - never ending list!
My ultimate goal was cost up to now and I’m glad I procrastinated long enough for a direct drive solution to pop up rather than gearbox (could be eating my words yet). So that brings my total to roughly - $1100. So i’m probably looking at $1500-$1700 with the rest of the pieces and consumables all in at this stage assuming I don’t break anything - and of course we can not allow for hours spend reading and researching and labor once I start - its a hobby right
Next constraint I’ve put on myself is to be up and running by April 2021 so I get the full season out of it. I’ll probably not get to spend much more money on it until after the new year with holidays etc. coming up but I’ve filament and my 3D printer and fiberglass is handy enough to pick up from a guy down the road so the Foil will be my main focus for the next month while I wait on parts.
I’ve the Windknife Mast - going to attempt Aluminium Welding with these Rods - hoping to replicate the test video but I could be dreaming - worth a shot! If not then I’ll get box section, and use rivets or get it welded - may not work either and I’ll have to purchase then!
This is just the first post - I’ll add more along with pictures as items are coming in.
Have to get a thanks into all the forum members here that have helped me so far - too many to mention but a few below - @Jezza, @MaxMaker, @ELEVATE.rocks, @VeFoil, @theone, @Toto44, @stijnhof, @jnobile - thanks a million
Any questions or queeries, please give me a shout! Happy Building!
Note 1: 3D printer cost not included as I had one anyway which I needed to upgrade - so I have the FL Sun I3 Plus configured for Single Extruder