Hobie Dog

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  1. Hobie Dog

    The Discarded- Rescuing a Tartan 33

    Have NO idea what mess cutting the tank will make??? But whatever the Vegas odds are on this I am take the over, meaning A MESS I am betting! "- Cutting the failed water heater in half with a sawzall down in the lazarette because it will no longer fit through the original exit due to other equipment and exhaust hose in the way." What "other equipment" is in the way? Moving the exhaust hose will be way easier than cutting that bitch in half!
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    The Discarded- Rescuing a Tartan 33

    Oh while I am thinking about it somebody posted on the SMSA FB page that they are looking for Tartan 33 owners on the Chesapeake. Check it out.
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    The Discarded- Rescuing a Tartan 33

    Looks like this will keep you out of trouble for a while! :) Good Luck! On the plus side it's an inside job so you can run a space heater and stay warm.
  4. Hobie Dog

    New Olympic Dinghy Selection

    That is quite a list Gouv! No Buccaneer 18 racing?
  5. Hobie Dog

    New Olympic Dinghy Selection

    Haha, Sorry I just came from the gym and we were picking on the millennial's as they seem to be the worst offenders of not putting their weights/toys back in their proper spot when they are done with them. So yea sorry way out of context except for me getting a chuck out of it! LOL
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    New Olympic Dinghy Selection

    Yep that is the guy! He GAVE his Aero away? Good guy to be friends with I would say!!! Anybody have an Aero they would like to give to me? Even for a season to try out would be great! And if you are a millennial I will even be your friend and treat you like the special snowflake that your are.
  7. Hobie Dog

    New Olympic Dinghy Selection

    Good Grief Charlie Brown! I have not been on SA for a couple of weeks and all this, I think I am caught up... Well I scanned and scrolled to the end so good enough! LOL AFA how the Aero is holding up check in with the Texas Dude, I think he is TX? Gulf Coast for sure, that has been sailing his Aero in the surf. If he has not broken the boat yet 95% of the Aero sailors will be just fine with the longevity of the boat. I am trying to recall his member name... AFA the Pro/Olympic guys are concerned it does not matter what boat "lasts longer". They will get a new boat every year/charter/before big events anyways. For recreational sailors/racers all things being equal the modern construction the Aero will certainly "last longer" in that the boat will stay stiffer longer. By how much and does it really matter for most sailors can be debated. Now as pointed out smashing into docks/other boats on the race course might be more of a problem for the Aero. Maybe???
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    New Olympic Dinghy Selection

    Certainly true about racing in both fleets, now finding the time to race in both fleets is the challenge! Thanks on the regatta link. Nice thing about doing a charter is it is easy to fly down for a few days and race. Definitely considering it!
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    New Olympic Dinghy Selection

    Like I said both boats looked like they are built well. Melges definitely looked bigger and it is. The bow is a flat deck similar to a Laser. The Aero has more of a recessed bow deck. If I had to pick one on pure looks alone I don't know that would be a tough call. The completely open transom on the Melges does look really cool! That being said the drainage flaps, not sure what to call them, on Aero are nice as a dropped glove, sunglass, hat or beer can in the cockpit has a chance on staying aboard.
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    New Olympic Dinghy Selection

    I checked out the RS Aero and Melges 14 at the Annapolis Show yesterday. If interested in my take read below, if not carry on... Both looked nice and well built. They were not directly side by side but the Melges looks like a much bigger boat. To the point it looks like it's almost designed to be sailed two up, certainly two HS sailors would be very comfortable in the boat. Definitely wider with two hiking straps and looked like it would be very comfortable to hike on. It's lighter than a Laser but not by a lot. Sales guy said they are 112 lbs., Laser hull only (no spars) is 130. I don't recall if he said that 112 was with spars and sail or just the boat??? Both boats had their rigs in but no sail up. The Melges does have a laminate sail versus Dacron for the RS Aero so the Melges does get a little nod there for "coolness" factor but in reality for a 14' boat Dacron is fine and actually probably a better sail material choice. I even went back to Dacron for my Buccaneer 18 main (jib is laminate) as I think it works better in the boat and The Bucc is a much bigger mainsail/boat. Without sailing either boat I give the nod to the RS Aero. A little smaller and if you believe the numbers it is a faster boat. WAY lighter at 66 lbs., I think that is hull weight. When we picked her up, yep she is about half the weight as a Laser! Sales guy says he can car top it alone by lifting by the hiking strap. I believe it but I think I would still ask for help as it would be so easy anyways. Also the design is stackable. They stack 3 together going to their regattas. Certainly would be easy to double roof stack and not have to deal with a trailer, big plus there! All that being said I think the biggest advantage the RS Aero has over the Laser and Melges is they got rid of that stupid sleeve sail. Sail goes up like a regular main on a halyard. So coming in to a lee dock or shore you can drop the main AND before going out you can totally rig the boat and not have the main up. Then go change, skippers meeting, whatever and not have your sail get flogged! Nice! And I stand corrected the RS Aero guy said they do have charter boats available at certain regattas. I am going to have to take them up on that and go check out the boat and fleet. Melges guy did not mention about charter boats, but I also did not ask. Problem is my Girlfriend says if I buy one I have to buy one for here as well! LOL But... As my GF pointed out the Laser is still the boat, at least here on the Chesapeake. Like this weekend coming up we have just a short drive to Fishing Bay and get to race in a 50 boat fleet. That's tough to beat!
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    New Olympic Dinghy Selection

    Wasn't the Laser originally designed to be a car topped day sailor??? The original Vang was 3-to-1 correct? Of course that was probably considered more than enough back then.
  12. Hobie Dog

    Lasers - Applying a Blow Torch

    LOL, there is one if you have not seen it yet.
  13. Hobie Dog

    New Olympic Dinghy Selection

    As I have said before, and in other threads, I believe the big advantage of having "your" boat be the Olympic boat is the number of good used boats it brings into the used boat market. With used boats available the cost of entry is lower. Even if it's 2K less that is sometimes enough to get a new sailor in the class or have an existing sailor upgrade to a newer boat and then they sell their older boat on down the line to a newer or new member to the class. You have training centers that buy new boats and qualifying events that buy fleets of new boats for use as charter boats that are sometimes available for sale after just a week of racing. No such animal for the RS Aero unless you find the guy that was drunk at the boat show, bought a boat, sailed it a few times and realized it's wet and flips over and now wants to sell it!