Doug Halsey

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  1. Doug Halsey

    best new foiler for beginner?

    There are Moths & A Cats (& a few others) in Southern California. You might consider joining the West Coast Moth FB group.
  2. Maybe it stands for "Fiberglass" & he's wants a fragile boat that requires a lot of repairing.
  3. What does "FG" stand for? All I can think of is "Field Goal."
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    Craigslist Finds

    These 2 photos from that listing can't be the same boat, can they?
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    Craigslist Finds

    I have a nice Bruder OK Dinghy mast (almost 50 years old now!) I might still use it for something though. Probably too small for what you want anyway. Plus thousands of miles away.
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    Multihull speed vs length

    I agree. I've sailed my 15' foiling trimaran a bunch of times without the foils, and the top speed for the day has almost always been ~14 1/2 knots. Never over 15.
  7. Doug Halsey

    Where to move?

    I guess you've never been to Cabrillo Beach (aka Hurricane Gulch).
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    Craigslist Finds

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    Whats the fastest you've ever been on a dinghy?

    You probably wouldn't have any trouble believing that thing could go 25mph if powered by an outboard motor instead of a sail. But if you sailed it on a broad reach in an extremely strong wind, you could have a similar situation. The heeling moment that would have limited you at higher angles would no longer be a factor, and the pitching moment that would replace it would be more easily controlled.
  10. Doug Halsey

    Worst/scariest moment in a dinghy?

    I just found a much better article about the crash (from the St. Pete Times):
  11. Doug Halsey

    Worst/scariest moment in a dinghy?

    I was crewing in a Thistle when a fighter jet from a nearby Air-Force Base crashed in the middle of our course. One of the pilots splashed down just a few feet from several boats.I remember the skipper of the closest boat continuing to race as normal, and a following boat stopping to rescue the pilot. It was unbelievable! I just found an article about it in the Tampa Tribune archives for June 17,1968.
  12. Doug Halsey

    Is this an I14?

    Good Grief! Here's a Moth with a daggerboard in 1939 - and they weren't a new innovation even then.
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    What's this got to do with foils? If the board has any, he wasn't up on them!
  14. Doug Halsey

    Rudders and roundup

    I agree with the 1st & last sentences in the quote, but the middle one could be a little different. Weather helm means that the rudder & keel (or centerboard) are sharing the loads, so any increase in rudder-drag also involves a decrease in keel drag. Since the induced drag is a nonlinear function of the load, this sharing results in a net benefit. However, induced drag is only part of the total, so other factors can mask the benefit (or even negate it).
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    Whats the fastest you've ever been on a dinghy?

    It makes sense that your fastest speeds would be reaching, with an apparent-wind angle too small for a spinnaker (unless it's really windy).