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    How do you stop a British Seagull?

    I'll never forget taking my girlfriend at the time out for a cruise, and after I pulled the ripcord like a man, and the Seagull started on the first pull, I thought my girlfriend was aghast that I had started the motor in such a manly and efficient way. Turns out it was a shriek where I whipped her in the face with the cord. As if my lack of love life needed helping along.
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    TIps for new sailors

    - Roll your sail, yes, but do it on a 4" PVC pipe. It will keep you from creasing the sail 12x each time a sail not rolled on PVC will. -Spinnakers stored wet will bleed their colors. -Sunscreen like a juggalo for regattas or you will burn. -Embrace capsizing. As much as raptorsailing says go out in the light, heavy is awesome and more fun. -learn more than one knot. You should know at least a hitch, a bend, and a splice. Tying them quickly has saved my ass more than I should admit.
  3. Hello FD Fanatic; I too have an FD, and I'm practically the only one in the Seattle/ PNW. Where are you located? ?
  4. I live in Seattle, Washington, and would really like to do the upcoming 54th Annual Whiskeytown Regatta, just outside of Redding, California, May 25th and 26th, but both of my normal crew can't make it.... I need some crew! There's another FD crew looking for a skipper, as well. It's a 12 hour drive from Seattle, and I'll be dragging a Flying Dutchman sailboat, one of the fastest boats around, with me. It's a trapeze boat, meaning the crew wears a harness, and hangs off the side of the boat to stabilize it. A quick search will get you some awesome shots of the boat underway here. I'm planning on leaving Seattle on Thursday, which means Friday could be a practice day for us. If you know the boat, you know it's about performance, but is pretty comfortable for a dinghy. I'll buy you a dinner on Saturday night, and beers, as well... woot woot! I'll be camping on site there, but there's no requirement (or expectation) that you'll share the tent with me... I'm happily married with a kid... no funny business, but some people say I'm fun. I can teach you to sail in a day if you don't already know how. I can also crew if someone doesn't feel comfortable on the wire, but knows how to skipper the boat. Anyway, it should be fun, and I'm hoping someone in Redding / Redding area is willing to hop "on board" with me. If you have any questions or want to leap right away, please get in touch. I look forward to meeting and sailing with someone new! Thanks, Peter
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    What to know about buying a Flying Dutchman

    Did you get the boat? I remember it.. orange, I think. It'll be a great lake daysailer if that's what you are looking for. It'll be nearly the fastest thing on the lake, as well. I have an FD in Seattle, I'd e happy to talk rigging with you if you post some pics.
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    North Texas Dinghy

    If you are only Portsmouth racing, the FD. If not, fleet racing in the 505 is the way to go. The Fd is strong, powerful and stable. It is a muscle car from the 70's. I have sailed both, and have an FD. I love it, and it's a real blast.
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    Does your dinghy have a name?

    I've used these guys for the reflective lettering... it really pops, especially when trailering or low light. Streetglo They also have an online tool to see what it will look like.
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    Does your dinghy have a name?

    So you have an FD! Woot Woot! I own "The Wounded Moose Deuce" -- and I suspect that I "raced" against the Flying Tomato in Santa Cruz a long time ago, if it was the same one, something like 80 gallons of water gushed out on the beach after racing. Putting the name on the side is best, I think for FD. Noone can see the back, anyway, and on my Lindsay, there isn't any back, just a big open hole. Post a pic of your boat! !
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    Laser Torch?.... here yer go! <;~D

    You sir, are my idol. when you get back up here, let me take you out on my Flying Dinosaur. You can tell me how to sail it better, and you will get microbrew beer in exchange!! Love the kite fix.
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    best new foiler for beginner?

    Let's imagine for a moment that knew what the hell I was talking about when it comes to foiling. (I don't) But as a dingy sailor, the UFO looks like it has all the benefits: stability off the foils, retractability for easy launch, a rig that isn't complicated, nor foils to cut you in half when you swing around/ fall/ move. Its cheap in price, high in quality, and IMHO set to be the "people's foiler" that gets bandied around. The goal is always to have other boats to compete against, and this one meets so many of the points that people are looking for, so... IMHO the UFO would be my choice for my next boat. It also seems like a boat you could let someone borrow without fear of "breaking a twitchy thoroughbred" to experience foiling, and buy one for themselves.
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    Flying Dutchman Fix Up

    You could just use a kiteboard kite, and fly it from the trap... vvrrooooom!
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    Flying Dutchman Fix Up

    Had a halyard lock on mine, too. Bitch to get in sometimes, but halves the compression in the mast.
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    Flying Dutchman Fix Up

    Also the flap will keep water from coming IN, which happens on big water in a slow tack, like ocean racing when waiting for the next race. Huge pain...in the rear.
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    Flying Dutchman Fix Up

    Seeing this, I will tell you to simply make a flap across the stern. Hundreds of kilograms of water will travel out the hole in the back... No need for it to be so big. Spend WAY, WAY WAY too much time aligning the rudder, gudgeons and pintles. I read that in an old Bulletin, which are available online if you know where to look. Are you planning on a windsurfer rig? That will not work.
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    Another what's the best dingy question

    A Weta beating an FD in big wind? Heresy! Seriously, looked like a great race, and windsurfers, B14's. 16's, 18's, Tasars? Sounds like your immigration policy is better than ours. Congrats. I'm going to contact the FD owners and tell them they are not welcome to the USA under our new, merit based policy.