Charlie P Mayer

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  1. Charlie P Mayer

    Prada Cup

    Jib was released at 2:00 - did that affect windward rotation?
  2. Charlie P Mayer

    Foiling F-Boats

    Closest to full foiler I could find: PM me if you come to see it - it lives near me.
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    Watch live racing

    The freestream option gave me warnings and conditions that made me uncomfortable. Will try it again tonight. Firefox, Mac.
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    Watch live racing

    Found two options that worked: 1) My YouTube TV package includes NBC Sports. Live, can also be recorded. 2) Geospoofing the browser enabled YouTube. Don't know if #2 will continue to work - will find out tonight.
  5. Charlie P Mayer

    Watch live racing

    How are you watching the live races? The only option I find is to pay ransom of $175 to NBC Sports. Hints for online video please?
  6. Charlie P Mayer

    Corsair folded stability

    F-27 was pretty stable folded. Sprint 750 was ok. F-25C much less stable than the other 2. All were much better with mast down. I think the ends of the beams were about 11ft above the water on the 27. (This may be your limiting factor.) Pretty sure others here can give you more accurate info. Please, post pics when you go!
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    14' Stunt S9 Foiling Cat

    If you are fortunate enough to have a leeward beach, you pull up all foils and wands, sit on the bow and sheet in the main - boat backs down onto the sand nicely. Lift the stern and drag the boat onto the beach, or add your wheels. Would not try this in waves or on really hard-packed sand. Nothing new here - just don't kick the foils. Use carpet scraps, tubular fenders, noodle floats, or old ship hawsers to help keep the ends from too much wear. Again - nothing new here. Care must be exercised when moving the boat backward - don't think the flaps would be too happy should they snag something. Biggest danger is to your shins and ankles while walking around the boat. My boats have been routinely slid on and off a floating dock for four years with no foil damage, but we never put the boat's weight on the foils while on the dock. See pics far upthread. Hawsers and fenders under the bows or sterns keep the foils off the dock - dihedral of the foils must be considered.
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    14' Stunt S9 Foiling Cat

    Michele: In order of creation, I think. Martin has more videos. I haven't watched these in awhile. I look really clumsy. Embarrassing. Nah - not really embarrassed. All for fun. I do laugh at myself when I watch them, though.
  9. Charlie P Mayer

    14' Stunt S9 Foiling Cat

    September 2018: I towed a modified S9 and a UFO from Texas to Miami. Martin purchased the UFO from me. We sailed the UFO, Martin's Whisper, and the S9 all around Biscayne Bay. A well-sailed Weta joined us. We swapped boats, crews, and sailing stories for a few days. Great food, good company, terrific experience. First 40 seconds or so I am sailing the S9 and Martin and crew Alec are on the Whisper. Later it's Martin on the S9 and me sailing with Alec on the Whisper. The S9 is equipped with a bow-spreader bar to support the pole for a code Zero (not used in this video). Furling drum is visible at the end of the spin pole. The VIRB camera is mounted on a carbon tube taped to the end of the spin pole. This arrangement exaggerated any camera movement. Wand tension helps control ride height - adjusted with a bungee. Does seem a little too tight here. Lessening the tension smoothes the ride a bit. There are several more videos of that event posted somewhere upthread. Would love to do that event again.
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    14' Stunt S9 Foiling Cat

    I forgot this: yes, I am happy I bought the S9s.
  11. Charlie P Mayer

    14' Stunt S9 Foiling Cat

    Ok, perhaps we need to move some posts to a new thread: 2020 A-Cat development (or similar) Back on track: 4-year S9 ownership report: (Skipper report for reference: Hobie Trifoiler, Windrider Rave, GC 32 (passenger), S9, UFO, Whisper, potful of other multihulls. I'm not a great sailor - club hack at best, but I get a kick out of sailing anything different. ) S9s number 08 and 09 showed up in March of 2016 - they live on a central Texas lake with clear water and puffy, inconsistent wind. We trained about 25 skippers on these boats - videos of our successes and failures posted upthread, warts and all. We didn't hide anything. Fun department: S9 is the easiest boat to sail of all the foilers I've sailed. If you can trap on any cat, you can foil the S9 in your first 2 minutes on the boat. 20 knots is easy. As mentioned above by SimonN - not sure anything above that would be desirable on the S9. Or safe. Foiling downwind or on a reach is a real hoot. If you are sailing just for fun S9 is hard to beat. S9 is a great training boat for anyone new to foiling. Learning the UFO and Whisper was much easier for me because of my time on the S9. Foiling gybes are possible. You need good timing and good wind. Not fun department: Beach launching is a chore - same issues as other foilers. Upwind: the wands and flaps act as brakes unless you are foiling, but bearing off to foil yields too much gauge. After you round the corner all is good. Light air with boat chop: boat and sails are not made for this - really slow in these conditions - might as well stay home or break out your A Cat floater. Furling spinnaker: I thought this would make the boat more competitive in light airs - but not so. It looks cool while steady-state sailing, but 4-point standing rigging and extra complexity make transitions a disaster. Useful in non-foiling conditions only. Again - the boat was not made for this. Cost: shipping costs alone make the boat not competitive with other options. Same issue with anything new coming here. Not unique to S9. Course racing: as mentioned by others far upthread, this is not a good boat for competitive course racing against other boats. Best in heavy air. Small boat, small sails, narrow sweet spot. Of course, it just might be me that sucks, not the boat. Class: Not many in country - 10? We've had maybe 3 races with an S9 class in 4 years. SCHRS rating seems to be about right in mixed fleets. Durability: We broke many hiking sticks and trap bungees at first. When things go south the lesson is: keep the sheet - ditch the stick! Broke two wands getting the boat off the trailer. Broke a metal fitting on the wand mechanism - Michele sent me a new one Fed Ex. Good support from the builder. No maintenance ever on the wand system. Teleflex cables and fittings are quite understressed in this application. Might require more attention in salt water. Foils quite durable - no issues with flaps or fittings. Pure terror department: 1) Heavy air, downwind, on the wire, really ripping: helm is very sensitive, you have to be very smooth or you get pitched so fast you end up on YouTube. Getting off the wire and back on the boat without drama is not easy. Or predictable. Slowing down to maneuver is difficult. 2) Heavy air pre-start maneuvering with other boats around: you can't easily slow down or maneuver quickly without planning far ahead. You learn this pretty quickly. Summary: Boat is well made, durable, and great fun. Good support from the builder. Good solution for a training foiler or pure recreational boat. Charlie Mayer
  12. Charlie P Mayer

    A cat trailer

    I bought two of these Trailex A-Cat trailers in Ohio. Great product, but I don't think it will be economically efficient to ship them to you.
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    Which foiling cat should i get? Advice appreciated

    SilverFoiler: Don't get too excited about sailing any foiling cat in light conditions - kinda like drag racing with a throttle stuck on idle. Helm on a foiler can get twitchy at speed. Your trapeze skills will need to be honed for sailing any cat foiler - I'm not sure your Dart experience will be much help to you. I think Moth sailors and kite foilers like you would be seriously under-challenged with the S9. S9 is great for a single-hander learning to foil, or for single-handed recreational sailors going out just for the fun of it (like me). Not optimal for hosting a gf. It needs a little breeze to be fun - but it handles high winds just fine. Yes, I think the Whisper may be a good fit for you. I think it needs a 10:1 mainsheet instead of the 4:1 I sailed, but hey, just my opinion. As mentioned above by some quite credible posters, every boat has it's niche. I recommend holding off on buying a foiling cat until you actually sail one that fits your requirements. Perhaps you can swap a sail on your Moth for a sail on a foiling cat. Or several. You'll make some new friends and be more informed for an actual purchase. Disclaimer: I bought three foilers before I ever sailed them. Worked out ok for me - but ymmv.
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    marginal thinking

    Thank you for your comment Dave. As you described above, kinetics in small boats can make a huge difference in your results. I've always believed that the rules regarding kinetics should be waived for all boats. It would be great fun to watch the J-22 Fleet rocking their way to the weather mark on a slick lake, wouldn't it? Not traditional of course, but faster and more fun, too. Our sport seems to focus on ruling out ways to make a boat go faster. Perhaps we should focus on how to have more fun sailing, rather than on trivial details such as how to hold a spinnaker sheet. To paraphrase Elon Musk, perhaps the best rule is no rule, especially if that rule is illogical or obsolete. Dave, I am too lazy to look it up, do the UFO rules contain any limits on kinetics?
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    Steve and Dave Clarks Unidentified Foiling Object

    Martin, Great video - maybe the best place to sail foilers in the US! Good to see all those UFOs out there! But - Were those wet suits really necessary? Dave - love your attitude and the way you are growing the Fleet - good job! Charlie