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PostPosted: Sun Mar 05, 2006 10:11 am 
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Just had an idea for a more durable flipper design. If a heavy duty stainless steel spring was added to the base of the flipper it could handle most underwater impacts without damaging the drive. may be something like this.
http://www.westcoastmall.net/shop/produ ... cts_id=467

See enlarged view of spring, could be threaded right in. Obviously it would have to be very stiff, but I think it could work.

What do you think


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PostPosted: Tue Mar 07, 2006 10:38 am 
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We have toyed with hinging masts. There are some problems with the concept. The spring would flex to the side under load too.

Keep thinking!

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PostPosted: Tue Mar 07, 2006 11:08 pm 
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A break-away, so the whole drive isn't destroyed. Although I ran mine at full speed into some rocks last year and they only bent a little.


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