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  1. Thanks so much!! That is much better! Looking forward to new version! US307
  2. I found some keepers with a string and some things that fit over the end of the frames. There is an adjuster to set the loop size. I put one of those floatey things for your keys on that. So far so good. Thanks for the replies!!
  3. Thanks Paul, We have similar hoist setup, except a cable to "steer" the hoist arm. The problem is dinghies don't have good bridle attach points. I tried making one using hiking strap attachments, but it was a bit unstable. I thought about making the part between the attachment to the boat and the central hoist attachment point rigid, but never got around to doing that. The boat would get unstable side to side and tend to tip over to the side. Fortunately, no damage, but scarey!
  4. Thanks Oz!
  5. That Murphy dude follows me around! I think he/she likes to hang around boats, especially sailboats!
  6. Hi DTA, Wish I had gone to Wurstfest to meet you. I use this case to carry my phone and boat registration. I've had it about 5 years and it works great. I usually keep my glasses on, for very far vision(where the hell is that bouy?) and very near vision (ring dings and checking the phone for messages). http://www.academy.com/shop/pdp/pelican-1060-micro-case#repChildCatid=13052
  7. Oh yeah, my friend from Shreveport said Wurstfest was the best fest! I gotta do that one next year!
  8. Wow! Thanks guys! Some great ideas! Didn't need keepers today wind 0-1 kt. Almost got a good nap in while sailing. Thanks again!
  9. You could try SailX. www.sailx.com It is a sailing game with emphasis on the rules. They have a protest room and tutorials and lots of stuff on tactics and starting etc. It has helped my "in real life" sailing tremendously.
  10. I'm over 60 years old and have shot knees also. I've been sailing a Megabyte for 2 years, and I love it. If you can move around the boat at a reasonably quick rate, aided by some anticipation of the need for the same, you will do fine. I chose the Megabyte after sailing a Sunfish, and it made my knees hurt, because one sits low on a sunfish which puts your knees very bent, which makes them hurt. On the Megabyte my knees are at a natural angle, and the only thing that makes them hurt is kneeling downwind, but you might be able to squat or sit on the side. My 240# self is too much "moveable ballast", so I must get in the center. The boat is quick and responsive. The Zim folks are helpful, and there is a good bit of info on the class site. It takes a little bit of time to rig, but the mast is light enough so that I can do it all myself in 20-30 minutes. It's a great boat for Portsmouth racing, as it has a favorable handicap imho. I have the MKI rig and haven't had too much feeling of being overpowered, but I don't go out in winds much over 18 kts, but as I learn that probably will change. PM me if you have any more questions.
  11. I have a foretrex and the 2nd time I capsized, it got water in it and ruined the screen. Of course it was out of the warranty period, and not sure they cover water anyway. I hear rumblings of bad warranty service, but have no personal experience. The foretrex was something like $156. The compass was not very accurate, but it did have waypoints and a crude gps map. I used it more for finding my way out of the woods at night than for sailing. You could get a VMG figure, but it didn't seem accurate, and you certainly couldn't steer by it.
  12. I'm a little bit older than the OP, and probably not in as good of shape. I sail a Megabyte and an International Tempest(mostly singlehanded). The Tempest is easier on the body, but I can't sail it to it's handicap singlehanded, and only on rare low wind days do I put up the spinnaker singlehanded.(although if you had a spinnaker shute it would be easier). Tempests are getting pretty rare. The neat thing about a Tempest, is that it is fast, but forgiving. If you let go of everything, it will stand up straight. Even when you broach and get the cockpit full of water, you can reach off for a bit and it will drain right out. The Megabyte took me a bit of getting used to, but it is simple and quick. I have capsized it a few times,(fortunately those are getting rarer). It is very easy to right, but a bit hard for an old guy to climb back into, and I made a rope ladder so I can come in over the transom. I was winning the Portsmouth race yesterday, but went the wrong way on the 5th of 6 legs and blew a couple of tacks and came in 4th. I bet several J-22's with spinnakers. The Megabyte is much more comfortable to sit in with bad knees than a Sunfish or Laser. The angle that your knees make while sitting is better and there is a bit more room. You could go see Dominic at Long Beach. He has a fleet of Tempests and probably would let u sail one. I almost got an MCScow, and sometimes wish I had. They are really neat boats. They are hard to right after a capsize, but the one in our club that races has only capsized once in a summer down draft where the wind went from almost nothing to 30 kts plus in about 5 seconds. I was behind him in the Tempest, and put in on a reach and we just went fast!!! Go for it!
  13. Megabyte rights very easily, just a bit hard to get back into for an overweight old guy.
  14. I've been playing with the bungee on the tiller, and I wondered if, in the case of a capsize, that it would allow the boat to sail away instead of heading up and staying close. (I realize, I should grab the sheet or something asap) It does act as an extra hand, and allows me to try to steer with my weight, and see how that works. Boat is a Megabyte.
  15. Another more simple option, if you are able to use it is shown on www.megabyteclass.org, then resources, then capsize recovery aid. I would put a 6" long piece of pvc pipe over the rope in the foot loop, so it doesn't get caught on your foot.