finned: to Doel or not to Doel

finned: to Doel or not to Doel

Post by Frank Johanse » Sun, 31 May 1998 04:00:00


went to a great! parts shop/dealer today, Sandy Cove Marina, near Barrie
Ontario.

friendly staff, still getting up to speed in terms of rhythm of sales I
gather, from the manager's observation that I bought the last two cup
holders,  and they had no doel fins*** on the hook.

now, I asked for "doel fins", and got something else I realized when I got
home.  "Ultra Fin FX" made by Atlantic Watercraft.

did I get scrooged?  they look great, fit on well, and have me suitably
impressed.  the two reasons I bought were that I was sucked in by the
comments on the packaging regarding "30 day money-back guarantee" and that
the mounting holes were "compatible with 'other'" fins on the market.

in fact, these were touted as an "upgrade"!

well, daughter is coming over tomorrow to help test them, we'll see I guess.

wish me luck!

aage

 
 
 

finned: to Doel or not to Doel

Post by Big Smok » Tue, 02 Jun 1998 04:00:00

You seem to be referring to a hydrofoil in the plural.  After checking into the
Doel-Fin I found that you are referring to a two piece unit.  In my experience,
one piece units are far superior.  Because they connect together behind the
cavition plate they are much more rigid.  A product called Stingray comes to
mind.  Also, for maximum performance out of a hydrofoil, it should extend as far
back from the cavitation plate as possible providing a better leverage point.  I
have noticed a few other products, one that is made from stainless steel also.
Two piece units tend to bend upwards and loose their effectiveness, especially
with heavier loads.  You mentioned a 30-day money back warranty.  Hope this
helps.

Happy boating.

Big Smoke

 
 
 

finned: to Doel or not to Doel

Post by Frank Johanse » Tue, 02 Jun 1998 04:00:00

 well, the wife and I put it (well, them, it is two pieces) on on Saturday.
Seemed well-made, good instructions, but the weather was too *** to go
out (an El Nino weekend: hail, winds blowing down trees, etc).

We'll check it out next weekend.  Hey, it's only an '85 Force 50 this thing
is on.  I doubt if that could muster enough go to hurt them :)    thanks for
your input.

Frank

Quote:

>You seem to be referring to a hydrofoil in the plural.  After checking into
the
>Doel-Fin I found that you are referring to a two piece unit.  In my

experience,
<snoop>

 
 
 

finned: to Doel or not to Doel

Post by Mickey P. Flohau » Thu, 04 Jun 1998 04:00:00

Frank

It sounds like your boat is a prime candidate for a planing aid. I have a 15
ft Tri-hull with a 85 hp merc that would pull the bow up until it got up to
plane. With the Doel fin it lifts the whole boat and comes up on plane in
half the time. I fish the boat out of Humboldt Bay in CA and we wakeboard
and kneeboard at the local lakes.

Good boating
Mick