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.

    Need bottom cover...
  2. lakedude

    Hi, new member. Shopping for a small boat.

    Took the wife out today. She runs 90 or 100 more then the kid so the Taz was a tad over weight. I figure about 340 lbs between the two of us. There was a fair bit of water that would not self bail out. Not a huge amount, maybe a liter or so. Normally with the kid the Taz just has some shallow puddles. This is actually a good result. Sure it was a bit cramped with mom in there but the boat handled it well. I kind of expected it to be worse. We had some really light winds and I had trouble beating back to the dock. At one point I let that sail out a bit and that seemed to help??
  3. lakedude

    Hi, new member. Shopping for a small boat.

    @Steam Flyer Thanks Doug! Any help is appreciated. Of course I know some of that but it does not hurt to hear. The biggest problem I have with the motorboat is people coming back a year later who have forgotten some of what I showed them the year before (that is me now with sailboats). When someone is completely green they accept instruction well but when they come back the second year I don't know how much of all they things they forgot. If I tell them nothing they will goof up because of the forgetting but if I try to explain things I will eventually hit on something they remember and they will get exasperated and say "I know, you told me that last year". So yeah I know some of the things but thank you so much because I need to know all the things not just some. I'm finding the wind very hard to read in the narrower parts of the lake. It is like the wind in the sail does not get all the way down to the water to make patterns. This is not a problem out in the open water. I might need to actually get one of those mast top doohickes...
  4. lakedude

    Hi, new member. Shopping for a small boat.

    We took the boat out again today and I was all ready to report zero goof ups (unlike the first day which was a learning day), however I forgot to tighten the plug. Didn't even notice until we were back in. Pulling the boat out of the water was a bit harder today because it had some extra water weight. Whoops! We caught a few gusts that had us leaning a bit to windward, not a full blown hike but enough to get off the uncomfortable center rib. Confidence is growing by leaps and bounds. We are ready for more wind!
  5. lakedude

    Hi, new member. Shopping for a small boat.

    During the solo ride I did intentionally dump the boat in front of the dock and had a devil of a time getting back in. Almost made it up the side once but the boat tipped back over. Getting in the back was a bit of a tight squeeze but works perfectly. Wouldn't let Ian on the boat until I knew I could get back in. Then we dumped it together on purpose. The boat is easy to dump but also very easy to right. I think I remember standing on the dagger board of the Banshee years ago, maybe that is if the sail was full of water? Anyhow righting the Taz took minimal effort, at least the 2 times I did it. Ian was just a passenger this time. Eventually we will rig the jib and he will do more and more. The cool thing is he enjoyed the ride. The boat rides better/higher with our combined weight than I expected.
  6. lakedude

    Hi, new member. Shopping for a small boat.

    So I was reading that you should sit as far forward as the tiller extension will allow but that puts me right in the main sheet. It was not that windy today so my weight needed to be centered not hiked out. Perfect day to take the kid out for his first time ever on a sailboat. The wind should pick up a little this weekend so that will be fun.
  7. lakedude

    Hi, new member. Shopping for a small boat.

    Yeah the dent worries me a lot more than the scratches. It really must have taken a whack. Looking at the pictures from today's sailing the dent is above the waterline so I'm not too worried anymore. I need some sort of cover, perhaps a bottom cover since it will be kept upside down. UV kills boats over time and I don't trust that spray to do as good of a job as a cover.
  8. lakedude

    Hi, new member. Shopping for a small boat.

    After the solo trip it was time to do what the boat was meant to do. The kid is short enough that the boom is not a worry for him, yet.
  9. lakedude

    Hi, new member. Shopping for a small boat.

    Kitty wanted a ride (kitty did not get a ride).
  10. lakedude

    Hi, new member. Shopping for a small boat.

    Went out by myself to get the hang of things. Had a few hiccups but the ways of the water came back pretty quick.
  11. lakedude

    Hi, new member. Shopping for a small boat.

    Nice breeze, warm weather, today is the day.
  12. lakedude

    Hi, new member. Shopping for a small boat.

    I finally got around to calling US1D. They are filing a claim with the shipper. They have been great about the issue so far. I was expecting to hear that since I signed for it that it was going to be my problem but they are doing what is right. Glad I called, I was ready for a fight but none was needed. This is the difference between me and my father BTW. I was nice but ready to fight. Dad would have just started an argument when one was not required.
  13. lakedude

    Hi, new member. Shopping for a small boat.

    Interesting, the Taz was purchased from US One Design, however the paperwork came from East Coast Sailboats. Evidently those are related or the same somehow.
  14. lakedude

    Hi, new member. Shopping for a small boat.

    Didn't get to go sailing today but the whole boat storage on the dock thing is mostly sorted out which is wonderful. Got some loose ends to tidy up but we are mostly ready to go. Launching from the dock should be much much easier than negotiating the rocky slope. I'm not attempting the slope again unless I get help. I doubt the neighbors want me on their land every time I go sailing but twice a year won't kill them. The really great thing was that my son Ian was very excited to be involved, him and the cat both!
  15. lakedude

    Hi, new member. Shopping for a small boat.

    @Steam Flyer You got it partner! I'm pretty sure there is no specific mention of this piece in the PDF but looking at the pic zoomed in the rubber part is surely as you say at the base of the mainsheet block and cleat. The brand name Ronstan is molded into the rubber part which matches the name on the pulley assembly. Thanks Steam Flyer!