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  1. kurio99

    RS700 Newbie Video

    Hey, DTA, Dust off the Garmin. Let's see what's happening. As much as I liked the keyball system, I had to ditch them for the hook since the ball wouldn't drop out on its own. Just have to be more careful not to stab my boat with the hooks on my many capsizes. Last Sunday had 16 knots of wind so pretty wicked. Had 3 cameras on the boat and 2 shook loose - fortunately, I had safety straps on both. Snapped the port shroud so am waiting for the replacement. Last part of video, did a full teabag, feet off the rack, and still managed to recover by some miracle.
  2. kurio99

    Wiring off the Rack

    In all but the hardest wind, I have been wiring off the gunnel on my RS700. I'm 190 lbs with the rack set to the 3rd hole. What can I do to get the maximum power out of the sail so that I can move out to the rack in lighter winds? Have been using the vang to get the leach pretty straight and the boom at the corner of the hull, all of this while sailing close hauled. Still feel like I'm sabotaging my sail shape. Anything with the rig tension, cunningham, or outhaul that could give me the problems that I describe?
  3. kurio99

    Cup Holders

    @vWAP Where do you attach it?
  4. kurio99

    Cup Holders

    How or where do you secure your water bottle on a RS700 or Musto Skiff? This question is to those of you that sail upside down as I often do. As it stands, the bay is littered with my water bottles.
  5. kurio99

    Do you grease your pole?

    I've ordered some ultra high molecular weight polyethylene (UHMW) tape. The stuff is supposed to be extremely low friction.
  6. kurio99

    Do you grease your pole?

    Man, that sounded totally rude. Seriously, do you use anything on the spinnaker pole? Seeing some serious wear on the pole and groove on my RS700. Been using a silicon lube spray, but suspect that is too lightweight for the job.
  7. kurio99

    Arm Fatigue

    Sailing an RS700. Generally recommended to not cleat on the upwind which is understandable given that responsiveness is key to these types of boats, especially in shifty conditions. How do you deal with arm fatigue and hand cramping in windy conditions? I find myself sitting in for some legs to recover. Any other ways to deal with this?
  8. kurio99

    Sweet spot for wind

    Was out yesterday in the RS700. Forecast was 8 knots. Reality was 16 knots plus gusts. Cunningham on full. Wind picked up on the water, so no opportunity to use the reefing loop. Typically, don't cleat on the upwind to better balance the boat, but man, my hands were near cramped up after a short time. No opportunity to sit in and rebuild strength. Can't imagine enjoying 20 knots at my novice level.
  9. kurio99

    RS700 Newbie Video

    I find it a bear to recover from a turtle position, maybe as I'm lighter. Not sure how easy it would be for a smaller person. Fyi, you may already know this, but you can use your spinnaker sheets to lean out for more leverage. The knot that joins the two ends, stops at the block, giving you some secured line to grab.
  10. kurio99

    Very Windy Day in Santa Barbara

    Very nice. What are you sailing? Doesn't it have auto bailers? How many knots was the breeze?
  11. kurio99

    Sweet spot for wind

    What is your most favourite wind speed? Not too light. Not too wild.
  12. kurio99

    Countdown to an RS700

    DTA. FYI, in most browsers, <ctrl> + <+> will zoom. Nonetheless, I scaled them up by 8x. Yes, I sketched in the approximate line positions. First image is relaxed, when the kite is fully flying. Second image is tensioned, when the kite is in the sock.
  13. kurio99

    Countdown to an RS700

    I just remembered the real reason for needing the purple line and not running the shock cord direct. Shock cords twist when stretched. It would spin the halyard floating block, twisting your halyard into a knot, stopping everything in its tracks. Learned this through painful experience.
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    Countdown to an RS700

    DTA, Hopefully, I'm not stating the obvious here. Green Line At hoist or after douse, this line should be fully tensioned through the cleat that connects to the douse handle. The act of dropping, creates this tension. At the end of each day, I release this tension to preserve the shock cord. At the start of sail, pull it tight so it's ready for your first hoist. The floating block on the end of the line should be backed up right to the fixed block on the line. This line puts the stretch into the shock cord that draws the slack from your handles, both on the hoist and the drop. Once hoist is complete, uncleat this line to put slack into the retrieval line so that it does not spoil your kite's shape. Blue Line This is your continuous halyard and retrieval line. When the kite is hoisted and the system is completely relaxed, you should just have enough retrieval line to reach the retrieval patches on the kite without affecting its shape when flying. You don't want too much spare line here or it will slow your drop. Red Line This is your shock cord. It needs lots of distance for maximum stretch - I tie off near the bottom of the mast. When fully stretched by the green line, it should be able to draw up your slack from the handles. When the green line is released, there should be minimal tension in the shock cord - if there is stretch, it creates friction in the halyard as you attempt your drop, such that the kite head does not drop smoothly. Purple Line The other end of the shock cord is tied to the purple line that feeds through the floating block on the end of the green line. The end of the purple line holds the floating block that tensions the blue line. In theory, you could skip the purple line and run the shock cord straight to the floating halyard block, but I find that shock cords don't run smoothly through blocks and they wear out too quickly. Set the length of the purple line so that when fully tensioned, the shock cord knot does not enter the floating green line block. When fully relaxed, the floating purple line block should stop just before the floating green line block.
  15. kurio99

    Countdown to an RS700

    No time tonight, but tomorrow night, I can sketch out the 'black magic'.