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      Abbreviated rules   07/28/2017

      Underdawg did an excellent job of explaining the rules.  Here's the simplified version: Don't insinuate Pedo.  Warning and or timeout for a first offense.  PermaFlick for any subsequent offenses Don't out members.  See above for penalties.  Caveat:  if you have ever used your own real name or personal information here on the forums since, like, ever - it doesn't count and you are fair game. If you see spam posts, report it to the mods.  We do not hang out in every thread 24/7 If you see any of the above, report it to the mods by hitting the Report button in the offending post.   We do not take action for foul language, off-subject content, or abusive behavior unless it escalates to persistent stalking.  There may be times that we might warn someone or flick someone for something particularly egregious.  There is no standard, we will know it when we see it.  If you continually report things that do not fall into rules #1 or 2 above, you may very well get a timeout yourself for annoying the Mods with repeated whining.  Use your best judgement. Warnings, timeouts, suspensions and flicks are arbitrary and capricious.  Deal with it.  Welcome to anarchy.   If you are a newbie, there are unwritten rules to adhere to.  They will be explained to you soon enough.  


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  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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?
  4. 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.
  5. Beach access is definitely not an issue in Corpus Christi, nor likely anywhere else in Texas. There's hundreds of miles of sand beach opening directly onto the Gulf of Mexico that's available to the public. Plus, lots and lots of public boat ramps in all the bays. Obviously, the northeast and west coast have their beach access issues, but it just isn't a problem in Texas.
  6. Yeah, that sums me up perfectly re sailing. But again - a robust U.S. sailing ecosystem would be nice, not just to meet others out on the water through happenstance, but to get good deals locally and have a wealth of options from which to choose.
  7. Not for sailing buddies. Yeah, I'm a "friendly" hermit sailor, meaning - I'm happy to sail with someone if I meet them out on the water, but I'm not going to go out of my way to sail with others. No - my interest in more sailing activity is SO I CAN BUY A DAMN BOAT LOCALLY AND HAVE IT SERVICED LOCALLY!!! Corpus Christi is a sailing dreamland for goodness sake. There ought to be an RS Sailing retail shop there, along with half-a-dozen competitors all trying to sell the local sailing population on the latest and coolest dinghies and catamarans. *THAT'S* why I want more people to sail. And as it relates to the original post - then there would be no more hand-wringing over exchange rates.
  8. What happened to sailing in the US? I mean, I'm a big fan of RS Sailing, and just bought an RS Cat 14, but it sure would be nice if I could buy the same or similar boat here in the U.S. I mean, waiting for an April delivery on a boat ordered last year? No fault of the distributor - they're great. It's just that it has to come on a tanker with a bunch of other boat deliveries to make the shipping cost worthwhile for the distributor. Anyway, I wish more people in the U.S. sailed small adventurous boats instead of those boring wine-cheese-and-caviar yachts.
  9. Beach Camping Advice?

    Regarding tents - my plan was to keep it super light. I'll pull the Cat up onto the beach (no camping anchored offshore as there will be surf) and just sleep directly on the trampoline. My plan was just a tarp (for rain & wind) and mosquito netting. Mid-March through September in Texas is ridiculously warm, even at night. So, no real need for bedding, other than a camp pillow. All I'd need is a small Crazy-Creek for sitting. So, just: tarp, mosquito netting, dry bag with dry camp clothes and camp pillow, water, camping stove, fuel, Crazy-Creek, and headlamp. Reasonable?
  10. Beach Camping Advice?

    I bought an RS Cat 14. I don't have it yet. It's on order. Once I get it, my plan this year is to try and do a lot of overnight beach camping (I'll split weekends with my RS700 learning project). I'll sail down the Padre Island coast (Texas), find a secluded spot by myself, spend the night, and sail back. I've done a lot of hiking and camping in my life, but always in a cool alpine environment. Never in a hot, sandy, wet environment where my gear had to travel on a boat that can, and will, capsize from time-to-time. So, I've really got no idea about this whole space. Anyone have experience doing this sort of thing?
  11. Mine: 1. Keep working on the RS700. Pop the kite in 15 mph winds and sail for at least 30 seconds before capsizing. 2. Put the RS Aero in boat purgatory in my back yard. Replace it w/ the new RS Cat 14, and start doing some beach sail-camping!!! http://www.rssailing.com/project/rs-cat-14/
  12. My RS700 is not that heavy, but it's heavier than my Laser and Aero, so I do things differently with it. You might find this useful. Typically there is a sandy beach I want to use, but it is inaccessible via land for the hand dolly (fence or other land obstruction). So, I drag both the dolly and the boat into the water and have the boat tied to the dolly to keep the dolly from sinking. I then just walk from the boat launch and wade over to the sandy beach from the concrete boat launch. I just drag the dolly/boat combo along with me as it floats. I then roll up on the sandy beach and start rigging up.
  13. RS700 Newbie Video

    High Flow: I've had the boat for about 1 year, and I've probably taken it out sailing 20 times. In my opinion, it's totally doable for anyone who is (1) fit and (2) is very very confident in a Laser or Aero. I've been out in 10-15 mph winds now numerous times, and feel OK in those conditions. Of course, I'm sailing in a small inland lake, so I can't get into too much trouble. It's true that I still look like an idiot while sailing the RS700, but it's also true that I've had many very long, stable upwind and reaching runs where I'm trapped out on the wire and having an absolute blast. So, yes - you can learn it well enough on your own to have lots of fun and feel like you know how to sail the boat. But to put it in perspective, I was bringing up the rear of the fleet when I sailed at Wurstfest. The biggest thing is time in the boat. If I sail two weekends in a row, then the third weekend I feel very confident in the boat. But if I miss two weekends of sailing the RS700, then when I hop back in, I feel kind of scared and jittery. So, it seems to be all about time in the boat and in safe conditions. The biggest asset to have is no ego. I've had drunk redneck boaters ask me: "are you sure you know what you're doing?" because I'm flopping around on the boat, especially during launch and landing, which are the most difficult. But as long as you can get through that initial humiliation, there's a promised land of fun on the other side.
  14. RS700 Newbie Video

    You know, I do that "shackle-the-top-of-sail" thing w/ my Aero. Good to know it's possible to do the same on the RS700.
  15. RS700 Newbie Video

    Oh - that was you w/ the UFO and the delightful little kiddo, and you and your husband (boyfriend?) were sort of drawing straws as to who got to sail the UFO first. Wonderful to meet you! You looked great on the UFO. I want one now too!!!