lakedude

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    Beaver Lake
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    Boating, VR, hybrid electric vehicles

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  1. lakedude

    Hi, new member. Shopping for a small boat.

    Had a cover made. Looks like the boat fits in the bed of the Ridgeline.
  2. lakedude

    Hi, new member. Shopping for a small boat.

    With a high in the forties it is over. Added a homemade bracket and bow stop to the Aqua Cart, worked perfectly. Big kids helped drag the boat up the hill. Thanks big kids! Pretty this time of year...
  3. lakedude

    Hi, new member. Shopping for a small boat.

    Some notes from Wednesday. Ian had fun and was excited and not really frightened at all (big change from years past on the water). He did get a tiny bit nervous when a gust hit and the boat started to heal over but he was more excited than nervous. He kept pointing out how the sailboat was making a noticable wake, just like a motorboat. Wednesday October 14, 2020 marks the first day he got in the water all by himself with no coaching or anyone there to catch him. I could have pulled him out of the boat dry but he wanted to jump in. The water was much cooler than the air and it kinda took my breath away. Little guy did not complain and just commented casually that I was correct that the water was in fact a bit cool. This is the same kid that cried his eyes out because he had trouble spelling the word "about". You never know with him. While I was tying up the boat he swam himself to the ladder and climbed up on the dock by himself. This may not sound like much but these are his first independent actions in/on the water. He discussed helping sail or sailing himself. He was very pleased when I told him that the boat was going to be his someday. Trouble is he thinks he knows how to sail now because he can sail a boat on his computer with the arrow keys which is nowhere near the same as sailing in real life. Sailing in VR is closer to sailing for real but our VR headset can not "see" the tiller hand when it is behind our back. I'm using the boat as incentive for him to learn how to swim and my evil plan is working BuhHaha!
  4. lakedude

    Hi, new member. Shopping for a small boat.

    Nice! We went and we had FUN! The wind was down a bit from the peak by the time we went. I'm not sure we could have handled 15 with 25 MPH gusts. It was perfect really. Any less would not have been a challenge and any more would have been too much. Wind was gusty and shifty but within 90 degrees or less which was manageable. That day the wind came from the north was just crazy with the wind shifting 180 and at some point coming from all 360 degrees. Today we didn't even tip over! We did not plane or even get to a full hike so there is room for more fun in the future. Oh we went to the bridge which is a bit of a dead zone because of a cliff but the kid likes the bridge and we had enough wind so we went. Going the other way is better sailing but the kid likes the bridge so decision made. The bridge (not taken today)
  5. lakedude

    Hi, new member. Shopping for a small boat.

    I live on a big lake with 450 miles of shoreline, however I'm trying to sail the narrow end where it is more like a river. It usually isn't too bad if I can make it to the wider section, or if the wind lines up lengthwise with the water. If the wind is coming across you get almost no warning. There are lots of trees and the terrain is hilly and there are mighty cliffs cut into the land. None of that helps.
  6. lakedude

    Hi, new member. Shopping for a small boat.

    I'm more than a little worried to go out with my son in such conditions. It is exciting but frightening. Ian does not really swim and I know how but I don't have a lot of gas at my age. I'm pretty sure I could sit on the rail of the Banshee in no wind and the boat would not tip over. The Taz will tip over if I'm on a rail and there is no wind to balance. When a gust is over I've got to dive into the middle of the boat to keep it balanced. This makes sailing really tricky in variable winds which are the only kind we get. I brought this on myself because I wanted a boat small enough to fit on my dock. I'm sure any of the Snark boats would be similar or worse.
  7. lakedude

    Hi, new member. Shopping for a small boat.

    Planning on giving it a go tomorrow. This will be a lot more wind than we have ever gone out in so wish us luck. Last time the wind came from the North it was really unpredictable so I'm hoping the the wind out of the South works better for us. The kid is excited to go in a bigger breeze. He declined to join me last time I went in milder conditions.
  8. lakedude

    Hi, new member. Shopping for a small boat.

    I also took the keel roller to Khols and Amazon gave me credit for it right away. I've never returned something back to Amazon that there was not some sort of problem with the item. The roller was fine, I just decided to use the plastic skid method instead. Still no problem, Amazon took it back and I didn't even need to pay shipping.
  9. lakedude

    Hi, new member. Shopping for a small boat.

    I've taken the $800 as a credit back to my card. I'm about to order parts that seem like they would wear or break when they get back to me (there is a list). I'm completely happy with the way they have handled this. I've not needed to deal with the shipper at all. US1D does not have the claim finished with the shipper so they are eating my $800 credit in the short term. Excellent service, much better than expected. Not their fault the boat was damaged in shipping.
  10. lakedude

    Hi, new member. Shopping for a small boat.

    Evidently there is no such thing as a bottom cover for a Taz... They are talking about getting one custom made.
  11. lakedude

    Hi, new member. Shopping for a small boat.

    What kind of person? They are doing a great job of "making it right". Couldn't ask for more. A new spotless hull would be nice but so would $800...
  12. lakedude

    Hi, new member. Shopping for a small boat.

    US1D is offering to cross-ship a new hull or give me $800 for the dent. Also I learned that East Coast is the importer and that US1D is one of their dealers.
  13. lakedude

    Hi, new member. Shopping for a small boat.

    The forecast had the wind at 13MPH today which was a nice bump from the previous high of 9MPH. I had the kid suit up but at the last minute decided to make sure I could handle the boat in said conditions. Glad I did that! The boat was tipped over in no time. The wind was as shifty and gusty as I can ever remember sailing in. Got her upright and didn't tip over again but man what a panic. At one point I was sailing W with the wind out of the N when some weird gust hit me, spun the boat around 360, did accidental gybe/jibe and then started heading back to the W but the wind was from the S because the wind shifted 180 degrees! The stupid wind never did anything the same for more than 5 seconds. I was determined to have fun and ride out some of the gusts but they were so unstable and short lived it the boat really never got going that fast. Also in the mix, dead calm. Going no where wondering which direction the next gust was going to come from. Maybe this is why there are no other sailboats on our end of the lake? I'm no expert but I'm accustomed to looking over my shoulder for gusts. Today was something different. Even when I'd see a gust coming from one way another gust would hit me from a different direction. Got in safe with no damage to the boat or myself (cept ego).
  14. lakedude

    Hi, new member. Shopping for a small boat.

    Talked to US1D and they said I could: 1) Get a new boat and return the old one, which sounds great. 2) They could teach me how to fix the dent myself, which sounds really lame. 3) They could give me some amount of money back to make things right. I told them no thanks to option 2) and regarding option 3) that $50 would not come close but I'd be really happy with half off.