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    Puffy Conditions

    how often do you get these conditions? I own a 700 as well. I gave up long ago, trying to sail in puffy winds. I mean big gusts and sudden lulls. Waste of time and effort. The 700 rig is very sensitive to downhaul, crank it on for higher winds and she will become a much happier boat to sail. I am much more fussier in what winds I go out in. The normal lifts and headers sort of thing is fine. The more awkward winds are only begging a leeward capsize and the chance of falling onto the sail, which will wreck it and prob the masts sail track as well. I tend to find something else to do.
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    RS CAT 14 Question

    I am pretty sure the my Hobiecat 16 is set up the same way, ages since I last sailed her. I tend to use the traveller more..as this is the 'main sheet' so the main sheet becomes the vang, if you see what I mean. I set the traveller, then adjust the mainsheet to get the leach set all nice. To adjust the main while out on trapeze I tend to 'snap' the rope out of the cleat. Quite a heavy rope anyway.
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    Where's "DTA" at?

    seriously? that is an awesome thing to do for someone wow!!!
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    RS Cat 14 Question

    I looked at the Dart 16 a few times over the years, never tried one as of yet...but next time I am over in the UK I might just get to see what they are like. I do like the toughness of rotomolded hulls, plus the mast looks good and strong.
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    RS Cat 14 Question

    getting caught in irons is pretty common with cats. Give yourself loads of room when tacking, leave the jib so it backs and helps swing the bows around. Uncleat, if you havent already done so, let the mainsail loose as this is will otherwise stall. Its quicker to gybe most of the time, even in a good wind. I see what you mean about the Hobie, the 16 is very sensative to fore/aft trim. Hulls could have done with some more volume. I understand the 17 (pretty rare these days?) was more suited to solo use. Dart 16 looks a tough little cat, many of those in the USA?
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    RS Cat 14 Question

    I look forward to it, just seen your ytube link and have subscribed :)
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    RS Cat 14 Question

    You might want to alter the main shrouds and see if you can induce some weather helm, while at speed? falling off isnt something I thought much about, have been parted from various boats but always managed to do a quick swim and catch up with the, usually, capsized boat. Very interested in the Cat 14 myself. I got a Hobie 16...which needs a new trampoline and few other bits. Just wonder if the Cat 14 is as fast? Hobie is ok as a singlehander, but wonder if a newer type such as what RS are offering will be as much fun. Quite like the look of the NACRA range too. Expensive boats though.
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    A New Solo One Person Dinghy - Brainstorming Thread

    Hmm, interesting. I think some makers have come out with a 'do it all range' such as Topper with its Topaz range? RS came out with the 100, which for a hiker is a very comfy boat and great with the kite out. I just wish it had a trapeze option because going upwind was so slow, coming from an RS700. Yeah I know I ought to stick with the 700 if I like upwind performance, but I did like the 100's simplicity. A trap option ought to be included imho. A Kite option is a no brainer for me. Foiling option? dunno. I have looked at the F101 Tri in the UK, hot looking boat that looks fun without having to foil. Whichever way, boat manufacturers have thier work cut out. Not so much cash to be thrown around these days. I would only hope that the appeal of sail will always endure. Quite like seeing some of the pimped up craft out there.
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    Moving up from a Hobie 16

    H17 Doesnt do that well with too much weight though does it? Otherwise for a solo cat it looks a lot of fun
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    Moving up from a Hobie 16

    Hobie Wildcat maybe? will be a bit pricey though.
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    RS700 Newbie Video

    Yep, pop the sheave pin out, you will need a shackle thats fairly 'deep' if thats the correct term. I got so fed up with the sail losing its tension, especially when the wind was starting to pick up.
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    Kiter Passes Away Friday on Alameda

    I learnt on my own, I had to becuase there is no kite school in the place I live. I started with a 7mtr which was idea for messing about with in not very strong winds. I learned to self launch and land and eventually got riding...after many many hours of figuring it out. I would cover as much 'what if' scenerios as you can. With kite size I always maintain that if you struggle to walk to the water with the kite in the air then its size for that given wind speed...is too big. I have had some close calls, one would have seen me killed outright if I had been on land at the time. I got 'lofted' and landed on my head/neck. My ears were ringing after I landed like this....I was very very lucky. kiting isnt to be taken as some safe sport. I still kite but am very choosy on the wind and tide state. There is plenty of good days to kite, dont kite if you arent sure...you need at least two kite sizes, 3 even if you can afford to.
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    RS700 Newbie Video

    Awesome...reminds me of when I first started out on the 700. I had a lot of previous time on a Laser Vago, solo trapezeing and using the kite etc. You might want to consider two things, I should lock the top of the main sail. Mine had a habit of dropping down a few inches which lost any downhaul or cunningham? (as the USA calls it) which is totally crucial in depowering/opening up the top part of the leach. Its no ordinary sail, think windsurfer sail I tip my 700 on its side and tie off the sail head to a shackle that i used to replace the sheave pin, I use thin dyneema cord. 20 ltr float bag, maybe tie one of these to the sail head? I have no safety boat and a lot of kelp along the shores of my area. Keeping the 700 on her side so she cant possibly invert is a great comfort. Yeah it looks sissy, and i lose a knot or two going upwind but for me its just plain common sense. Keep your trim, going upwind...step up forward, get that leading foot right up next to the shroud, keeping the bow down. They are good boats, I tried out a musto skiff while on holiday, had a huge smile as I zipped up and down the bay (Menorca, Fornells Bay) took very few minutes to get use to the layout of the musto..and drew some admiring looks from others...some puzzled as I dont look like a skiff ace
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    Hobie cat 16 Trampoline options...

    Hulls are in very good condition, have poked and prodded the areas mentioned and they are sound. Question, I am not happy paying 400+ pounds sterling for a Trampoline...any UK based places that make such a thing for the Hobie? Rudder uplock/downlock cams at 40 odd pounds EACH!!! screw me sideways...one bit of plastic costs that?
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    build and sail a small scow?

    For your first ever build I would keep it simple. You could add the wings later maybe? Either way, building your own boat is a special experience. You only need some basic carpentry skills and a willingness to learn how to use epoxy resin etc. Ply 'stitch n glue' methods vary but will result in a good build if you get the basics right. Plenty of hints and tips on YouTube I would have thought. My first build was a Kit, a 'Mirror' dinghy. I wont ever forget that first voyage, a very special time:) My second boat was a Wharram 'Hitia' 14 Catamaran, again this was a unique experience and the skills it taught me (as to how cats behave) laid the perfect foundation that applied to a Hobie 16 which I now own. Thoughts? hmmm....if I could have done anything different on either the Mirror or Hitia. The Mirror could have done with a basic Assymetric Spinnaker system maybe. I sailed solo so the classic symmetrical spinnaker would have been a bit tricky on my own. The Hitia Cat could have done with its Beams being made from alloy mast section (small yacht type mast section) this would have made a much lighter all up weight. A mesh trampoline would be more comfy than the current ply deck. What I am saying is keep the build simple but explore the options to keep the craft light and comfy. The Moth scows look fun, reminds me of the 'Topper' scow dinghys (plastic hulled, very common in the UK sailing schools at one time) Don't skimp on the sail and rig, get the best you can afford. Don't be tempted to make your own sail. Proper sails have built in camber etc and behave in a certain way when secondary controls are tweaked. In fact the sail and rig will make up over half your budget for a build, on a guess. Been a while since I built my two projects so figures are a bit hazy. Ply stitch and glue/glass covering etc methods open up a whole realm of projects. Its a good method and leaves you with a craft that's light for its size and is easily fixable should you prang the boat Have fun!