martin 'hoff

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    RS Sail Sail Quality Issues

    @Pung boy – are the old sails dacron? If so, this has happened across the industry. Dacron sails lose "racing shape" after 1 year, but then last - out of shape - "forever". The new sails in the picture are laminate, which holds its shape for all it's life, which is about 3-4 years (2 if you treat them badly). Laminate sails have different care needs -- roll them, but don't fold them, etc. I have a laminate sail that has had 5+ years of sailing, and is still going strong. On the same boat, the jib suffered more in flapping during rig/teardown and got flakey at 3 years and at the 4th year I had to replace.
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    Steve and Dave Clarks Unidentified Foiling Object

    Quick report We just wrapped up. Things didn't go to exactly to plan, but it was a grand time. Barry, Kelly and Shelly are on their way home. I'm home unpacking, getting sand off things... A couple of hours ago, when we here mostly done with de-rigging the out of town UFOs I sat down for a moment realized – here we are, old friends, new friends and I, achy and tired from having sailed 3 days, tearing down our boats yet wishing we could have done one more flight, one more tack, one more hour in the sweet breeze. This is the best time – by far! – I've had in this strange long year. We recruited a few locals for support. On a J-28 and a new UFO owner (his new craft is in shipment) on a small powerboat. So we had great support on the water. - Friday - Folks arrived between 10 and 11am, we all worked together and rigged quickly. Lunch took longer than rigging :-) After lunch breeze was a tad too light. A few bunny hops but not solid flight. My son was tooling around on a Weta which just shines in the light breeze. Some shenanigans in rescuing the J-28 owner who had sailed away on a UFO and couldn't return, and I couldn't start his fancy electric dinghy motor to go rescue him. - Saturday - solid breeze, we had 4 UFOs on the water, + Weta + Nacra 15 FCS + the support boats.Kelly and I and the N15 went to the beach side, getting under the bridge into a messy chop. Once near the beach we had a wind funnel over flattish water. Much fun. Kelly and I ran some speed reaches for fun. I swapped out to the Nacra, a Miami acat sailor took the UFO and had his first flights – I had a blast with my son on the Nacra. After a bit, returned to the North area, where Shelly and the support J-28 were playing. Lunch break on the J28 followed by 2 more hours of fun. Alessandro hopped on Shelley's UFO and got flying short stretches pretty well. Saturday dinner at Whiskey Joe's – outside great view, great chatter and we didnt mind at all the 1hr delay in bringing the food, so good was the chat. - Sunday - same wind conditions as Sat, but we all stayed in the North side of the bridge, with the J-28 as support. With a bit of magic hat help, Shelley unlocked the foiling magic and moved from not-foiling to foiling and crashing in fun ways. This is always the most tiring part of it, but those flights are exhilarating. Later Alessandro borrowed her boat and also got into flying gradually longer hops. Then we called it a day, and sailed back to shore, where my family was waiting with sandwiches and refreshments. Lots more things happened. Among them, I discovered my UFO #4 had developed, after many groundings, a sizable crack on the underside of the rudder gantry. Like a big smile. I drained probably 10 gallons of water every day. We never actually raced any races. Know what? Didn't matter at all.
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    Steve and Dave Clarks Unidentified Foiling Object

    I've done it a good number of times, but I'm also known for acrobatics. The soft shackle on the outhaul is massively difficult from that angle. I've also done it a few times. I've towed the UFO behind a nice proper yacht for about a week, sailing it here and there. The UFO was tied – so, not drifting. For the hoist, I'd basically be swimming in the water port-aft of the UFO, as if was trapezing on a cat. Same to uncleat the halyard – swimming/"trapezing", but port-bow. For the outhaul soft shackle, I've solved it with a very cheap trick. With a trucker's hitch and figure-eights' I made a low-brow soft shackle that is very "long" but has several stopper knots (but none of them at the very end of the tail). The knot that is the closest to the trucker's hitch is the one that I end up using. As it has a very long tail, it's easy to get the tail through the loop, and start pulling through, get one stopper knot through, then the other... Because it's "long", and it doesn't have a knot at the very end, you don't need to be too far aft (or fiddle for too long) to get it "tied". Simplifies things significantly, even on land. This very long tail wants to tangle everywhere, the mainsheet block in particular. So tie it off at the metal bridge. We have a perfect weather window for our little Miami get together. Light-ish on Friday, perfect 12-14kt Sat-Sunday. Barry is already in town, Kelly and Shelley arriving tomorrow morning/midday. @Dave Clark - we'll miss having you and Kirk!
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    Steve and Dave Clarks Unidentified Foiling Object

    It's relatively easy to take the rig down - fully assembled, boom and all, with mainsheet in place etc, lay it on the deck and dolly around for a short distance. Further disassembly starts getting a bit trickier. Can still be done quickly by a motivated sailor :-) but I'd try to avoid it.
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    Steve and Dave Clarks Unidentified Foiling Object

    You could replace the cleat with the fitting the Weta has. It'll hook well on a knot on the halyard. But the cleat/hook point has to stay pretty high on the mast. I've hosted and dropped the sail on the water. It is a PITA because you need to be working from a spot well aft of the stern. I did it swimming/floating off the stern. Not only because of the cleat – once your battens have good tension, you really need to bend the mast with your pulling of the halyard to have the sail slide up the track well.
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    best new foiler for beginner?

    What's the best foiler for a beginner? How about the one having a community event this coming weekend in Miami, where the forecast is 75F/24C and 12-15kt in sheltered waters right next to a beach? I've borrowed marks from an opti coach in case we wanna do some short easy races. Have magic hats in hand for peer to peer coaching. And a bunch of UFO pilots coming for a visit.
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    best new foiler for beginner?

    Exactly what @Champlain Sailor says. Also, the ufo with good sail trim and some practice gets to very small sheet movements once you're established. Not as tight/subtle as a moth but pretty good.
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    Steve and Dave Clarks Unidentified Foiling Object

    Truth be told, I was a bit hung over and headachy (rum and watching AC last night). Too slow to handle 20kt gusting 26 so made a couple runs, and nursed my sorry head back home. The runs look good on video, so here they are :-) Who's coming to Miami this Friday to sail with me?
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    Weta anarchy

    I seem to recall a video showing an experienced Weta sailor (Tom Kirkman or Paul) going from trailer to sailing in 25 minutes or so. But I can't find it now. Did I imagine it? (I do see Tom's tips and tricks videos, but that's not the same as the 'demo' video showing it happen). @Tom Kirkman @Pewit
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    Catamaran Syndications

    Saturday, raced a regatta that turned into a demolition derby on the Nacra 15 – capsized 4 times, yet came in 2nd. Sunday, an amazing Valentine's day outing, kids, wife, champagne, music... on the syndicate/membership boat. Worth posting a link:
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    best new foiler for beginner?

    That works if you know what you are doing. Or if you have an appetite for frustration. If you're a true newbie, without a support network and not a super-star sailor... get a UFO, figure it out, get the first hundred crashes out of your system, once you can drive it steady on all points of sail, sell the UFO to the next newbie and get a sorted-out 2nd hand Moth. You'll have developed a feel for mainfoil and rudder rake, for power (cunningham, outhaul), for handling chop, for ride height vs stability, for weight placement, etc. On a sturdy boat that costs 1/4th to repair in the rare occasion that you do break it.
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    Making foils

    3D print the mold, make a composite foil.
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    best new foiler for beginner?

    In 2 weeks, a band of UFOs will flock in Miami. Mix of experienced sailors and newbies. If you turn up, you can try my boat. PM me for details. Feb 26-28.
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    Line choice: continuous line splice

    Posted couple months ago a similar question on this very forum. It was about smaller line diameter, but the discussion of technique and difficulty in making the splice might be of interest. In other words, it's a nasty splice to do, and there's some tips and tricks to make it less painful. Not that it's technically difficult, but running/feeding the core inside the cover is... @#%%$& hard.