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    2 man sportboat fleets in California status check

    Correct on the request for 2 man crew design from the ground up; it would be a healthy thing for example, to have a thriving community of 15-20 VX Ones across CA / west coast. there is 1 in Long Beach, 1 In NorCal and maybe 1 more. It’s seems to have its place, represents the latest design thinking / new generation, and a 2 man SB is useful when u can’t track down a 3rd for racing or pleasure and still want to stay out when blowing >14 while keeping the rail flat. Good for husband/wife teams, father/son, 2 friends etc. There is no (practical) reason why Viper and VX One communities can’t co-exist and grow together as they do on the East coast. It would require sailors (and a dealer) to get onboard. Growth (and change) is a good thing for the agendaless consumer. Can we also fix the illogical Norcal PHRF blocking issues at the same time, what is required to make that happen.
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    2 man sportboat fleets in California status check

    Yep, the 'kind of a fleet' reference is only rumor (fiction, fact, or fake news?) that the Open 5.7 is not growing / boats aren’t made anymore - could be very wrong here. Not sure on the foiling kit ! Saw today on the SA home page the video below and it made me wonder the above questions, and where are we sailing modern (in this decade) boats + who would be open to changing things up in the West. Group discounts can help a little on cost but yes comes down to $. People first, then boats also. I’m sure there are other boats to look at in the 2-3 crew space besides the VX One (sweet!) that have active fleets also, but I'm not up on the sport boat space (just coming out of hibernation!). https://vimeo.com/vxone/lakegarda
  3. Hi all, Soliciting thoughts to better understand the current picture of modern sport boat fleets in CA or west coast USA: * are there any Yacht Clubs in CA you recommend that would (or might) be open to a new modern + fast fleet (guessing SoCal more likely, generally friendlier sailing than San Francisco) * besides the Viper, J70, Open 5.7 (kind of), RS Quest fleets, are there any others (which are active) * is there even room for new a fleet, or is everyone content with the status quo * if there is room for anarchy who's game (~10-15 sailors for ~5-7 boats) The East coast and the Southern US "appear" to have more relatively active communities & events around sport boats, unless missing something. Thank you in advance!
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    SF Bay Area meetup for new dinghy fleet in CA

    Some Dude, sounds good. Your account doesn’t accept PM’s, please send me one to discuss offline. Thx!
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    SF Bay Area meetup for new dinghy fleet in CA

    CALIFORNIANS who's interested in exploring a new fleet (?) Sportboat forum might help also, checking with Viper owners in Socal / Norcal ! They might be up for adding a great handling single-hander to their programme (like the VX Evo, unless someone has a better idea..) Sailhmb: I met some good folks., but a likely better event will be the upcoming "Big Dinghy" at Richmond Yacht Club in April. Please sailtest an Evo soon. While the attached picture was formed ~22 Million years ago, in a few hours sailing from the beach one is absolutely dripping with gratitude (along with 20 other incredible seaside venues / lakes across the state. !)
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    SF Bay Area meetup for new dinghy fleet in CA

    Sounds great, I will try to attend with the Raider Turbo. I just sail tested the VX Evo and can share my findings. In a nutshell- its a rocket with a kite, quick to plane, stable, simple to operate, well built & thought out design, highly portable. In the meantime would love to hear from others in CA. Thanks!
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    SF Bay Area meetup for new dinghy fleet in CA

    That’s somewhat helpful, but we are seeking folks online in CA that want to start a new fleet and have interest in other (newer) boats. Or if they have a boat already and want to organize one. And specifically meet in that topic. A regatta is good and will try to attend, but folks are often distracted at the event. Thanks!
  8. SailHMB (VX One sailor, but not limited to that) and I (currently in a Raider Turbo, likewise) discussed organizing a meetup of folks in the Bay Area who would be interested in the idea of getting a new one design dinghy fleet going locally or CA. state-wide. I know there are Weta's and Lasers, but we'd like to open up the discussion to anyone interested in other boats, examples being the VX Evo, Raider Turbo, and whatever else you feel is ripping good fun as a dinghy (singlehanded, carrying 1 passenger a bonus), and who knows maybe put a group order together if it made sense, or try different boats and share findings. If you are a sailor of one, or already have a small fleet going from SF Bay to San Diego, would love to hear about it. Please advise if interested with your location, and we can find a spot to connect in March (East Bay, San Francisco, Peninsula, etc. whatever is central, we are on the SF peninsula). Thoughts / ideas welcome. Thank you !
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    Melges 17

    Hi all, A few items, I am hoping to collect some feedback from folks who have sailed the Melges 17, it looks like a lot of fun/great boat and has the classic Scow shape (which I have been told is suited/limited to low wake lakes) - what draws me is the 3 sail configuration (whereas the MC Scow only has 1 sail - I like options !!). * can the M17 be single handed on a regular, 90% basis - or is this boat truly a 2 person boat (?). It appears to require 2, from the website, which would be unfortunate for me since I don't always have a sailing partner ready when I want to go ! * is the scow design limiting b/c its difficult to sail in anything other than a flat lake b/c of the blunt bow shape (vs. a piercing hull) ? They are very popular in the Great Lakes, but are they good in other conditions also ? Do they struggle in waves of any kind ? * how is the M17 "different" than the VX Evo besides the shape, the Evo looks to also be an awesome boat. The Evo looks great for a heavier single hander like myself. I plan to demo the Evo soon, just wanted some comparative insight on the Melges 17 from those in the know. Link is here: https://www.melges.com/boat.php?p=pages/boats/m17&SID=dv3f5qni1agna8rpmhqkqpjvm7 Love my Raider II, but always interested in trying what seem to be other good "all around" sailing boats. Thank you in advance, Ride
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    Melges 17 Feedback

    Aye mateys- A few items, I am hoping to collect some feedback from folks who have sailed the Melges 17, it looks like a lot of fun/great boat and has the classic Scow shape (which I have been told is best suited/limited to low wake lakes). * can it be single handed on a regular, 90% basis - or is this boat truly a 2 person boat (?) * how is it "different" than the VX Evo, what looks to also be an awesome boat. The Evo looks great for a heavier single hander like myself. I plan to demo the Evo soon, just wanted some comparative insight on the Melges 17 from those in the know. Link is here: https://www.melges.com/boat.php?p=pages/boats/m17&SID=dv3f5qni1agna8rpmhqkqpjvm7 Thank you in advance, Ride
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    The VX Evo

    Great stuff. Do we know many Evo's have been sold in the US, and will we have the same kind of following the VX One has (are they taking off at the same pace the One did after release). Went out on a VX it was too much for me, looking for something that can be controlled easily while single handing. Also: what are the key differences between the Evo vs the RS100 ? thank you !
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    Another what's the best dingy question

    Can't help but chime in to let you know that the Raider II is an awesome sailboat. Very versatile, and its always fun to single hand 3 sails (main, jib, spinnaker)... or just throw up the spinnaker and haul down wind with all the other boats. The s.Support is awesome, I couldn't be happier nor imagine a better sport dinghy. If you feel mellow then just use the mainsail. If you get bored which I do pretty quick, throw out more sail area using other options you have with 2 furlers !! here is a link: https://www.facebook.com/raidersailboat/
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    Moving up from a Hobie 16

    I recently sold a getaway, recognizing that the best dinghy / sportboat in the solar system is the Raider 16 Turbo. So versatile - single hand or carry 2, 3 sails with spinnaker all doable with 1 person. Super fun and well designed. Great looking and sailing. Nothing in my view at this moment in time holds a candle to it.. https://m.facebook.com/raidersailboat/
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    Midsized narrow beam cat for normal slip

    Sorry, he has some flex on the slip length, but notta lotta.
  15. Coming back to this forum, you all have been very helpful with constructive inputs. I want to help a friend in Southern Cal who's looking for a midsize cat that has a decent cabin for 4, can fit in a monohull slip max 27' long and I believe max. width of 16'. What comes to mind is the Gemini 35 at 14' wide, but it's too long for him. Trailerable not a hard requirement. No into the G32 or custom projects. Any tips and ideas appreciated. Regards and all the best, Ride that shit