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  1. DTA

    RS Cat 14 Question

    Delivery date has been pushed back to early June. But as soon as I get it, I'll start posting videos.
  2. DTA

    RS Cat 14 Question

    Interesting. As having only sailed boats with a single rudder, I had no idea what "toe in" meant. A little googling and now I see what you mean. I'm glad it's something with which I can tinker. Thanks.
  3. I don't know about the Vortex, but I'm learning to trapeze on a boat that is way over my head: the RS700. I keep my RS700 at a local inland lake near San Antonio, Texas, and I'm slowly but surely developing my skills on the RS700 (just now starting back after a long winter break). Make no mistake: I suck at sailing the RS700, but I'm able to have lots of fun, get on trapeze, pop the kite, and get back to my starting point. So, don't let the nay-sayers dissuade you from jumping into trapezing and sailing this new boat, even if it might be above the skill level that you have right now. Just pick a safe place to sail (i.e. onshore winds, sandy shore, etc) where you can't get into too much trouble if you capsize and can't recover, and then go have fun knowing that you've picked a location that's safe to learn and fail. You don't need "cover" boats and all sorts of support from 3rd parties to learn safely. You just need to pick the right environment to sail (and fail) in safely. By the way, I'm getting an RS CAT 14 soon (in addition to, not replacing, the RS700). So, I'm looking forward to trapping on a catamaran as well. I'm hoping it's easier than the RS700!!!!
  4. DTA

    Are You Tougher Than Me?

    I'm impressed by your sailing video, and see why you would want to soldier through the pain. That looks fantastic. Good luck!
  5. DTA

    RS Cat 14 Question

    In the above video, i noticed that the rudders are up and not in the water. I imagine that is part of the cause for the boat failing to turn to wind and stall.
  6. DTA

    RS Cat 14 Question

    Hmmmm ... I'm not so sure that the leash idea is so terrible. I believe that the following *would* be a drowning danger: two people are on a small cat, one falls overboard leashed to the cat, and the other continues to deliberately drive the cat at full power. I can see the possibility of the person being dragged getting drowned in this situation. But for a single sailor situation on a small cat, I would imagine that having a 230 lb. sailor attached to the 14' cat would stop the boat in short order. With nobody on board to hold the tiller or mainsheet, I would think that the drag of an attached man-overboard (230 lbs. in my case) would quickly stop the minimally powered up cat (or cause a capsize in high wind conditions). No? (I have zero experience w/ cats, so I'm genuinely asking).
  7. DTA

    RS Cat 14 Question

    Specifically, this video spooked me:
  8. DTA

    RS Cat 14 Question

    I ordered and paid for an RS Cat 14 a couple months ago. It's due to be delivered in April. I'm just DYING to get it, so I can start sail camping. But my question is this: Every dinghy I've sailed capsizes the instant there's nobody on board to counteract the wind (Laser, Vago, Aero, RS700). So, if I fall off - no big deal. I'm happy knowing that the boat will capsize a second or two after I fall out. But what about with small catamarans like the RS Cat 14? Do they also capsize instantly? Or do they stay upright? If they stay upright, do they turn into the wind and "stop" (i.e. not "sailing", but merely drifting backwards)? Or do they keep on sailing with no captain aboard? If they keep sailing w/ no captain aboard .... um ... wtf are you supposed to do about that?
  9. DTA

    RS800 Video

    Man, you Brits are hardcore. It's like 50 deg F in the morning, and even though I know it will warm up to 65 later in the day, that's just too cold for me and I just go back inside for "second breakfast" instead.
  10. DTA

    RS800 Video

    Good stuff!
  11. DTA

    rs aero

    Your weight is not a problem. I'm the dude in the video above, and - honestly - i'm actually pushing 235 lbs in that video. The nice thing is that if you're a *FIT* 225, then you won't ever need the 7 or 5 rig. With that weight, and after becoming sufficiently acquainted with the boat, you can handle the Aero 9 just fine in up to 35 mph winds. Jibing the Aero 9 in 35 mph as a big dude is still a major challenge, but if you're willing to either capsize or chicken-jibe, you won't ever need another rig. On the capsizing front, the boat pops right back up so easily as soon as you even start a chin-up on the gunwale, even in big winds. So, lots of benefits to being an Aero big boy! In this video, winds were about 25-30 mph. Still *SUPER* easy to recover from capsize using that big-boy body weight.
  12. Safety? Just curious, do you mean the obvious safety issue of getting hit in the head by a boom, or is there some more esoteric safety issue? Less likely to capsize a gybe because less mass swinging over? I hadn't really cared about safety issues before, because I've always sailed in well-populated areas, or just off-shore in on-shore winds, so I couldn't ever get in too much trouble. But with the RS Cat 14, I plan to (eventually) sail further offshore and in remote areas. So, I'd be very happy to learn about any additional safety offered by a boomless rig.
  13. Ok. Ok. I was just wondering how something that seemed so essential to all my previous sailing could be missing on my next boat. Just made me curious. But the above explanations make sense: as the sail goes out past a close haul, the boom is pole-arming the clew out and away from the mast in a way that cannot be done by the mainsheet attached directly to the clew (except on wide beach cats with their exceptionally wide traveler setup). But those were pretty good Gouvernail.
  14. Thanks much. Makes sense. Can't wait to play with sail shape in this new way. Separately, for boomless beach cats, do you take the mainsheet off the clew after capsize and before recovery, or just leave it on during recovery?
  15. So I've sailed a Laser, a Vago, and an Aero (and an RS700 but I would barely call it "sailing"). All have booms. But I'm getting an RS Cat 14 in April, which has no boom. This makes me wonder: why doesn't it need a boom? And if it doesn't need a boom, why does any other boat need a boom? And this got me thinking, what the hell is the boom actually doing? My mainsail on a Laser, Vago, and Aero only touches the boom at one spot: at the clew. Why doesn't the mainsheet just go straight to the clew and thus get rid of the boom? But then, I think: Oh, it's because of the vang. You've got to have a boom so that you can attach the vang to the underside of the boom. The vang obviously can't attach directly to the mainsail. But then the RS Cat 14 doesn't appear to have a vang either!! So, I'm just confused as to why some sailboats say "screw it - no boom and no vang" but others keep the boom and vang around.