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  1. Rodfavela

    Traveler control line

    If you are fine with just tying knots, then Robline Dinghy Sheet XL is the best. It only comes in black or red. Great in the hand, very affordable and it is not a very high modulus line, so will be fine for crazy gybes. https://www.velasailingsupply.com/robline-dinghy-sheet-xl-8mm/
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    Solid Shock Cord

    BFD, do you mean a solid core instead of multiple strands?
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    Melges 15

    I don't think it was blowing 20 knots, may be a puff at the beginning. The friend who took the video indicated that, but I don't think is accurate.
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    Melges 15

    Varan, right on! Yes, we actually have a plan to start migrating VX Evos to the West before September. There are few VX Ones in the West coast...however there are so many great venues so far apart that they are scattered, but we are working on our conquest of the West. The Viper is a great boat and I think you will really appreciate the what the VX One and VX Evo have to offer. Note: the VX Evo is probable the best monohull I have sailed that is in fact very enjoyable in light air, so the fun factor starts very early on. Once the wind picks up is completely another level.
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    Melges 15

    Got your point. Completely understand it. There must be around 34 hulls in the US. I don't have the exact number as some boats were sold before we took over distribution. The others ones are in Europe.
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    Melges 15

    The Finn is a much more expensive boat. Comparing apples to apples, the Finn starts at $17,500 for a Devotti in the US, then the adds on that we know we need. The VX Evo, while not Olympic, is all up around $17,500, so there is a gap of about $7,000 probably depending on the options. The Fleet is slowly growing, the COVID situation has delayed a couple of sales, but we are moving and having great fun , specially here in Texas. Next on the agenda is finalize the class rules and publish them. Curiously enough, we have sold a similar % of VX Evos to recreational sailors that have a passion for speed and simplicity as we have done to racers and more technical oriented sailors. The boat is a great performance daysailer as you can even throw a soft cooler with some libations and tie to the hiking strap and go just to have fun simply because the boat is just joyful to sail. Kudos to Brian Bennett for nailing it again with a great design that covers all the above.
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    Melges 15

    Definitively a Dinghy under the OD configuration - Non ballasted. The keel will be a recreational option , which, as anything else takes off and becomes popular, may end up racing in it's own division. The VX Evo is a perfect option for a simple one-man sportboat dinghy, anybody 170 lbs to 240 lbs will simply love it. Rod
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    The search continues!

    Have you considered the VX Evo? it checks all the boxes:
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    new halyards

    Shoot....my own typo : rod@velasailingsupply.com . thanks guys!
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    new halyards

    Dacapo, Feel free to shoot me an email. We can help: rod@velasailingsuppyl.com
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    Block Costs and Value for Harken?

    Ropeye is distributed by Harken, not owned.
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    Block Costs and Value for Harken?

    It is worth it...well worth it.
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    another which boat kind of question

    Important to consider what the goal is and how you are planning on bankroll it. In other words, is this going to be a OD racing, 'round the cans or some offshore action? There are boats like the VX One or the Viper 640 that can be easily towed and ramp launched with a small car / SUV and the cost of running your racing program is not too expensive: lines, hardware sails and overall maintenance is lower than the boats you listed. Now, bottom paint and leaving it on a mooring for more than a weekend is a "no go" for these two boats, so if that is what you need to do, they may not be suitable. Find something that is not too complicated, not too much crew and that is not going to put a big dent on the budget when is time to replace gear. Rod
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    Boats for Big Chaps

    Have you considered the VX Evo? https://www.velasailingsupply.com/vx-evo-complete-sailboat/
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    Help! Henderson 30 vs FT-10

    All three boats are great; IMHO, the Henod requires every single of the 7 or 8 crew members to know exactly what they are doing. The Mumm is is very similar. I think the FT is more forgiving from a skill set required from the crew stand point. Probably the Hendo is the easiest when it comes down to logistics