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    Ideal mast angle to wind

    If your mast is free to rotate then MOST of the time let it rotate on its own. It will align correctly. There are times that you may want to manually ( if you can ) alter the natural rotation. In most boats, manually rotating the mast back towards the boat centerline will depower the rig. Maybe read a book or articles on mast rotation on smaller racing cats.They seem to use this adjustment quite a bit. Unless you are a serious racer just sail the boat more.That alone will increase your performance. Happy Sailing!
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    Charter a Melges 15...why the hell not?

    The charter program is a great way to decide if this is the boat for you. After all the sailing/racing you get for the charter fee, you will know if this is right for you. If NOT, you have just saved the hassle of owning and then considering selling a boat you don't really like. Plus, regardless of your decision, you will enjoy sailing/racing a brand new design with almost no work on your part. Try before you buy. Happy Sailing!
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    Boat transportation needed

    Used UShip to find a driver from OK to GA. Drivers seemed like hard working guys just trying to make a buck. No Problems. Only caution is that the drivers JUST DRIVE. Don't expect them to periodically check the boat to be sure all tie-downs are still tight or that nothing is chafing. The security of the boat is up to you. Assume that when you check everything that will be the last time it is checked. Same goes for the trailer.
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    Fulcrum Speedworks Rocket

    bluelaser2, Give it a rest! Your posts are not helpful or informative. Sail away in your Hobie Islands, enjoy it and stop posting.
  5. After you stop laughing, take a good look at the Hobie Wave. I bad-mouthed these boats for decades and now I OWN ONE! They are extremely stable, require zero hiking and have surprising performance especially in a good breeze. Add to that, zero maintenance and ease of launching and you get a great little boat. Happy Sailing!
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    Motors on Sailing Dinghies: discuss

    For all who advocate for some sort of power on a dinghy, just get a power boat. Too much talk.
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    Fulcrum Speedworks Rocket

    Dave, Great concept and product! Virtually all of the naysayers seem to display their own ignorance when it comes to the boat or the rig. I spent many enjoyable hours on a Sunfish as a teen in Miami. Everything you say about the Rocket is correct. Not easy to do but you seem to have succeeded in a significant update on one of the best small boat concepts ( board boat ) ever developed. Glad you had the guts to push ahead. Best of Luck!
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    Ipso! Facto! Reverso! If folds!!

    A sailboat for ONE - assembled by TWO
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    Craigslist Finds

    Looks like an ugly offspring from some Catalina - 22s. Grim!
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    Vanguard Nomad

    There was one here at Lake Lanier Sailing Club.Like Steam Flyer, I never got a chance to sail the boat. I agree that it did seem to have a clever design. The complaint was that it had poor light air performance ( we have quite a bit of light air ). The boat left the club after about a year. Might be a good boat for Upper Biscayne Bay. Try before you Buy. Happy Sailing.
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    Launching a Laser from a bulkhead

    eight foot drop! WOW - that's a long way down. How are you going to get in the boat? Maybe more important, how do you get out of the boat and back up the eight foot drop. What about wave action? Is the bulkhead solid concrete? Will your boat be smashed to bits by waves. Hope you can find another beach. Good Luck!
  12. craigiri, My experience ( mostly buying the wrong boat ) has led me to start the process by deciding just how I will use any boat. If you can afford two boats - one for rowing and one for sailing - then buy two boats. Compromise boats are usually not very good at anything. Happy Sailing or Rowing or Both!
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    Hornet spreaders

    Buy new adjustable spreaders and go sailing. Enjoy!
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    New F18 - Goodall Design Akurra

    Higher aspect ratio boards?
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    Covid 2020: Death of a Class

    JimBowie, Sorry to hear of the dissolving interest in MegaByte racing. I had one about 6 years ago and loved it. Sadly, the boat did not gain any traction here in the Atlanta area. Seemed perfect. The good news is that you have as really sweet dinghy to sail and enjoy.
  16. You must REALLY enjoy sailing to put up with all the hassle you have listed. Is it worth it to you? Sounds like too many negatives. Maybe another hobby?
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    Calculating Righting Moment (trapeze)

    If the boat does not capsize, you have enough RM. ( sorry, I just could not resist ). I can imagine that the calculations are VERY involved. Maybe too many variables. Happy Sailing.
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    Stable Dingy for New Sailor

    johnnycake, Not exactly a dinghy but you might consider a Hobie Wave. The Wave is extremely stable, even to the point that you can walk around the perimeter of the boat comfortably at the dock. It is relatively dry and comfortable on the tramp. There is NO maintenance They are indestructible - the main reason they are so popular at resorts for sailors who are beginners. They are simple to sail with only the main sheet to handle. No need to ever reef, just ease out the sail. It isn't the most beautiful boat on the lake but you will be pleasantly surprised once you sail one. Be sure to save some money and aggravation by sailing one BEFORE you buy. Tale a look. Happy Sailing!
  19. Just another thought on the idea of holding the U.S. Multihull Championship regatta using the Hobie Wave - there are MANY Waves available all over the U.S. for sailors to use so the participation should be HUGE ( it is an invitational regatta, no selection process ). That being said, I do recall an old expression " like a herd of turtles ". Let's have fun with all of this. Happy Sailing!
  20. I spent at least 25 YEARS bad-mouthing the Hobie Wave. Now I own a brand new one. Plenty of fun, zero maintenance. Everything about it is easy: launching, sailing, capsize recovery ( you really have to work to flip this baby ). You don't have to be an athlete. You don't have to be rich. All you do is enjoy the sail. Sure, plenty are faster but after a while, who cares? Especially in one-design. Laugh all you want. Just remember the old ad slogan about people who don' like Riunite wine - they just haven't tried it.
  21. I have owned over 15 small boats, primarily for racing ( not much winning but lots of trying ) in my in over 60 years of sailing. I have LOST MONEY on every one and have never been surprised. I EXPECT to lose money! That's the way it is. It is a hobby ( a great one ) not an investment. Was it worth the cost? Absolutely. Would I do it again? Yes, I'm not finished buying and enjoying small sailboats. Glad I never took up golf! Happy Sailing!
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    How much wind is this?

    This must be a variation of the old TV game show now called The Wind is Right. My new guess is 11.9 kts.
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    How much wind is this?

    Is there a prize? Just kidding. Looking at the beginnings of small whitecaps and the lack of serious hiking, my GUESS is 10 - 12 kts. Please post the answer soon so I can stop wondering.