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About gmanwally

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    Vancouver, WA, USA
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    Dinghy sailing, asymmetrics
  1. gmanwally

    Good boats for pre-teens

    I'd go for the RS Feva - the XL package with the spinnaker, and pick up an extra, replica dacron sail with reefing points. That boat will cover a wide range of conditions, expose them to assymmetric sailing and by shifting to the mylar sail, more excitement as they better. And like the Tera, the boat is nearly indestructible. I'm pretty sure there's more Fevas around than Toppers, the Bic is tiny, while the Tera is nice but relatively rare in the US. Plus, you can have fun singlehanding the Feva yourself.
  2. Vancouver Lake Sailing Club seems to be having a revival of multihull sailing with various Hobies, A-Cats and now a few Wetas getting out on a frequent basis. If you're in Vancouver and want time on the water instead of in traffic, VLSC is the way to go. Virtually no power boats and fairly reliable wind in the 8-14 range (not as much as the Gorge or Skamakowa, obviously). Membership and boat storage fees are reasonable, too. For monohulls, there's a very strong Lightning fleet. Downsides are a shallow, muddy lake and no real launching beach. I just bought a Weta this year and despite it taking me forever to rig and launch (stored folded, and I'm slow), I still got in a great sail last night after work. You can always haul a boat out to Cascade Locks on a weekend if you need more excitement. I met a Weta sailor from Portland last week that's routinely going out to Cascade Locks on the weekends, and I've seen Hobies occasionally in the Gorge and at Dalton Point. The Division 4 link given above has great info, as well. But there's not many beaches around that are suited to storing boats, that I've seen. Is your interest academic or are you wanting to get on the water?
  3. gmanwally

    vago ropes

    I agree with Dex - my RS Vision had a similar righting line arrangement. I rarely used it, unless the boat turtled, and usually not even then. Didn't find it all that useful, but it does let you apply a little more leverage.
  4. gmanwally

    Sailing in...Idaho???

    Spokey, I PMed you on rigging times for the three boats - check your messages.
  5. I second the Feva, for all the reasons mentioned above. It's plenty of fun single-handed, still responsive with an adult and small child and very easy to recover from a capsize. And easy and fast to get on the water.
  6. gmanwally

    Sailing in...Idaho???

    The Snake River plain is kind of large - are you closer to Idaho Falls/Pocatello or to Boise? Just curious as I know nothing of sailing in the area. But I've always wanted to take a boat out on Lucky Peak Reservoir someday. I own, or have owned all three boats you mention. I'm a relatively half-assed sailor and weigh about 140 lbs. I sail an Aero 5 but there are good sailors my size sailing Aero 7s. Like you said, strictly one person boats. The Aero is fast to rig/unrig and extremely responsive and instructive. I love it. I traded in my Feva towards a Weta, but it was a blast. It was little much for me with all sails flying in a breeze, and it definitely slows down as the total crew weight in it passes about 220 lbs, But I had a great time with it. If you're not racing, then having an assymmetric adds a lot of interest and fun to just blasting around. It's also almost indestructible, quick to rig, very quick and easy to recover from a capsize and can be sailed without the jib if the wind is too much. My girlfriend and I at 140 lbs each had fun in it, though I thought it was a little slow. I just got the Weta and haven't had it out much. I have high hopes for it and suspect it's the last dighy I'll buy. It's the most versatile boat I've had - genuinely can be single-handed in a a range of wind speeds, but doesn't turn into a dog with a couple of adults, and has a screecher to boot. But it definitely takes me much longer to rig/unrig than the other two. If my experience is anything to go by, I suspect you'll be single-handing more, not less, than you think. For bang for the buck, ease of getting on the water, and having 1 or 2 people, the Feva is my vote. If you convert the DW into an enthusiastic sailor, then unload the Feva and get a Weta. If the opposite happens, pick up an Aero. That's my $.02 worth, anyway...