Fin Depth : Length Relationship Question

rimodicorimodico Posts: 8 Baller

Am I looking this the wong way?... For a 66" Radar Vapor (or any ski for that matter) there are two stock fin settings below. How can a shorter fin be deeper, and a longer fin be shallower?

Beign the fin a ~semi-circle, as you place it deeper the length will increase as a result.


Long & Shallow:
*Fin Depth: 2.450
*Fin Length: 6.975

Deep & Short
*Fin Depth: 2.510
*Fin Length: 6.840

Comments

  • keithh2oskierkeithh2oskier Posts: 507 Crazy Baller
    You can change the Leading edge to increase/decrease the length without changing the depth.
    rimodico
  • HortonHorton Posts: 27,189 Administrator
    Everyone wants this to be complicated but it is not.

    It is just about surface area. You can have a long fin that is shallow or a short fin that is deep and have the same total square inches of fin in the water. The outcomes are not exactly the same but primary feel of the ski will be similar-ish.

    Long shallow results in a faster ski that has more automatic on side turns and more slide at Off Side. Short deep settings slow the ski down a bit and give a more carving off side turn. ( these are broad generalizations - this is the super short version)

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  • HortonHorton Posts: 27,189 Administrator
    Opps I may have misunderstood the question. The fin blade can move in all directions (2 dimensions) Pull the back down to make it deeper. Pull the front down to make it longer. Or anywhere in between - it is infinite.

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  • Than_BoganThan_Bogan Posts: 6,352 Mega Baller
    edited June 4
    @Horton 95% sure you've still misunderstood the question. I had the same confusion as @rimodico before the first time I ever actually adjusted a fin, because I made some (incorrect) assumptions about the shape of a fin.

    The answer is: The fin is NOT approximately a semi-circle. One side is dramatically steeper than the other, so as you rotate it the exposed length can change independently from the depth.
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  • BraceMakerBraceMaker Posts: 3,502 Mega Baller



    With the key being that length is shortened by bringing the forwards edge of the fin up. While overall fin depth is made by lowering the rear while raising the front.

    That of course becomes the unique aspect of the whisper fin where Tip Adjustment is not recommended.
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  • HortonHorton Posts: 27,189 Administrator
    Hey I am just slalom skier. No one told me there would be a reading comprehension quiz.

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  • HortonHorton Posts: 27,189 Administrator
    @AdamCord cord when does the CG Semicircle version come to market?

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  • jimbrakejimbrake Posts: 1,278 Mega Baller
    I want some math whiz (@than bogan?) to come up with a quick calc to show where the center of mass (?), center of resistance (?), center of effort (?) is on a fin given length and depth measurements and the outline of that particular fin. A long shallow fin and a short deep fin with the same area could have that point in different places. Not to mention DFT. Where is that point and which position of that point is perfect for me, my ski, my bindings, my skiing, my toughest pass?
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  • DragoDrago Posts: 1,483 Mega Baller
    I think your assumption is flawed as: a, the “center of resistance “ would never be the same place, and b, the leading edge, trailing adge, and depth all have effect on differing phases of skiing
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  • liquid dliquid d Posts: 1,093 Mega Baller
    The question he asks is flawed....

    @rimodico
    The fin is not a true semi circle, more of teardrop/eliptical shape to answer the question. Fin depth can stay the same as you lengthen the fin, or shorten the fin.
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  • rimodicorimodico Posts: 8 Baller
    Thanks for all your insights, now I get it... I wasn't planning to make fin adjustment anyways (as you could imagine), but became puzzled with that situation I exposed wrongly. :D
  • DragoDrago Posts: 1,483 Mega Baller
    When you do go to adjust, remember every adjustment changes another, even with set screws not moving
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  • ballsohardballsohard Posts: 247 Baller
    @Drago your comment leaves me feeling doomed
  • DragoDrago Posts: 1,483 Mega Baller
    @ballsohard ,Nah, man, just be patient, and have a solid plan before you start wrenching
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  • HortonHorton Posts: 27,189 Administrator
    @ballsohard
    @Drago is right. If someone shows you the ropes it is not all that hard.

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  • klindyklindy Posts: 2,260 Mega Baller
    @Horton seems like a good video tutorial exercise.
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  • HortonHorton Posts: 27,189 Administrator
    @klindy my gosh hasn't it been done a million times already?

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  • BraceMakerBraceMaker Posts: 3,502 Mega Baller
    The radar Chris rossi one is as detailed as you need past that its knowing if/when/what to do.
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  • klindyklindy Posts: 2,260 Mega Baller
    Thanks for reposting @Horton. I figured you could find them a lot easier than I could.
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