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  1. TeamFugu

    How long to get FD from trailer to sailing?

    I think it should be similar. My Swift Solo is similarly complex and can set up in less than an hour, unless I attract a crowd trying to see what I've got. If you don't rig the spinnaker, it shouldn't be much worse than the 16
  2. TeamFugu

    505 vs. 470

    I am very much biased to the 505. I had one for several years and loved it. Sold it only due to life changes and couldn't watch it turn into a weed catcher. The 470 is a good platform but the build quality, at least the ones I was familiar with, was suspect. We had a demo that got very soft in two months of taking people out to "show" it off. What are the average winds in your area? If your wife is an adrenaline junky and very fit, you could probably sail the 505 up to 20 knots without too much trouble, though you'll need to learn tuning tips to depower. Reefing isn't the greatest idea. Speed is a better friend. What I would suggest is to teach her to drive and you go out on the wire. Back when I was racing one, I think around 60% of the boats were owned by the guys on the wire. Get a long tiller extension, maybe telescoping, and you can sometimes drive from the wire. I used to single hand mine up to about 10 knots from the wire. Good practice for the Swift Solo I now have. I even had a couple times on a three sail reach. What a rush.
  3. TeamFugu

    Baggy Sails

    Based on the age and that they came from a sailing school, they were probably old four years ago and the care would be suspect. Old, blown out sails are not competitive, period. Not close. Doesn't mean you can't sail from point A to B but you'll not be in the hut for the lead, unless the skill of the other boats is even more lacking.
  4. TeamFugu

    What Are These CAT Wheels?

    They look custom to this hull. Most only use two wheels on one long axle for simplicity. That would be easy enough to build your own. Cut a bit of whatever you want to line the cradle with and drape it across the hull. Then cover that with plastic and build up the cradle out of fiberglass, fiber mat, and maybe a bit of carbon, then unmold, trim, and affix something for the axle. The two wheels per, glue the liner to the cradle and trim off sharp edges and you're good.
  5. TeamFugu

    Puffy Conditions

    In my opinion, there isn't anything that can make those conditions pleasant. Things you can do to make it a bit easier, trap higher than normal. This should make it easier to get in and out of the boat. Maybe trap from the gunwhales instead of the racks. Don't cleat the sheet. Get the reflexes of a cat. Hefty thigh muscles for those squats help too.
  6. TeamFugu

    Estimating Sailing Time?

    I sail until I'm tired or it isn't fun. I never count time while I'm having fun. I have sailed for around 24 hours single-handed but that was in a single-handed endurance race in the leadmine. In my area, the wind often dies before I'm ready to quit. I do know guys who set a limit of three capsizes. I agree on a skiff but on a Laser, I'd put it closer to 10.
  7. Yes. As it is with everything. How fast depends on how hard you use it and how well you take care of it between uses. Sun is a very bad thing. Having it be wet all of the time is also a very bad thing. Boats stored outside will age faster than boats that are stored in a garage and allowed to be out of the sun and kept dry. Club boats tend to get very hard use. Since the user does not own the boat and, often, doesn't maintain the boat, they don't care for it as well when launching or coming into the docks. If I could, I'd probably avoid a club boat unless I was just looking for a knock around boat. If I'm looking for Olympic performance, I'd buy new and treat it was made of glass. Avoid the backyard flowerpots as well. Boats that sit under a tarp for years. I've never seen a boat treated like that worth my money.
  8. TeamFugu

    Replacing Lines/Sheets/Halyards: Question

    Cost depends on the type of line and construction. Dynema will be a lot more than Dacron. Another thing to consider is what the line will be expected to do. I replaced the Dacron spinnaker sheets on my 505 with Kevlar core sheets. I found out that I also needed to beaf up the anchors for all of the deck hardware because there wasn't the shock absorption of the Dacron stretch anymore. Some of the prices look a little low. When I built my Swift Solo, 3/4 of the price of the boat was in the rigging.
  9. TeamFugu

    The Future of One Design

    I think there will always be an appetite for the monopoly classes. Most people see the act of building a boat as a barrier to entry. Not so much that they can't complete with the best builders, but that they don't have the resources(time, money, skill, other) required to build. I think the Swift Solo has been suffering from this over the years. The other issue is that since the boats aren't popped out of molds, they are a bit more expensive to have one of the few builders to build a boat for you. Oddly, everyone thinks that the hull is the issue. I would say that at least 75% of my Swift is in the rigging. The hull was relatively easy to build and didn't cost a ton for materials. Class rules can be written in such a way that the boats don't become an arms race but at the same time, there isn't much reason to enter arms races in dinghys because there isn't a return on investment other than the thrill of sailing something you've built. We don't attract the big names and the big sponsors like the maxi yachts.
  10. TeamFugu

    V15 Bow stiffening

    You might also consider going around the waves. Get your head out of the boat and look for the flat spots. Often there is a pattern to waves. Every seventh wave is often a big one followed by a flat spot. Search for the flat spots and look ahead. I've been sailing on landmines that aren't as maneuverable as a dinghy and one driver, pounding on the waves averages a 4.5 hull speed in 30kts of wind. Another, not banging on the waves, and the average rose to over 6. I do the same thing on my Swift. Oddly, I also search for the flat spots going down wind to avoid running into the wave. We don't surf because we are usually out running the waves.
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    Dinghy Racing Is Fucking Awesome!

    I have to agree. For the most part, dinghy sailing is about your ability and sailing, not about your wallet. There are some with outsized egos but they are fewer than in the big boats where you can compensate with your wallet. The other thing I like about dinghy sailing, wherever I've been, you're always part of the brotherhood. You don't have to show any other qualification than being able to keep the stick in the air and make it around the course.
  12. TeamFugu

    Cup Holders

    Most that I've seen get larger water bottles and trap them between the rack and the deck. I have a pocket on my Swift Solo's spinnaker sock and I put two in there, then often can get two to stay under the sock where the jib track holds it down. I've only lost a couple over the years. I saw someone who put bike bottle racks on the inside of the deck by the transom. I don't think this is a good idea. You might be able to rig something with Velcro at the mast base.
  13. TeamFugu

    Do you grease your pole?

    I wouldn't. Grease would pick up dirt and other abrasives that will make matters worse. Then a little would sluff of and coat the deck and other gear. I let someone use a windsurfer I had once. They had a lot of tanning oil. It took several washings with detergent before I could stand on the damn thing again. Stick to the spray, or if there is enough room, maybe some teflon tape.
  14. TeamFugu

    Buying a moth

    At $5,000, I'd think the boat would be very beat and very close to its last legs. It might spend more time(read $$$) in the shop than on the water. What I know of an A-Cat vs Moth. A Moth is very quick to rig, easy to car top, and easy to launch. An A-Cat, though a lovely boat, is a beast. You can't rig it and walk away for lunch where you can sort of do that with a Moth laying on its side like a windsurfer. You also can't car top an A-cat without some help. The boat is VERY light but they are so large that they are just too much for one person to load on top. Thus always needing a trailer that either tilts, the boat is too wide for the road, or you have to break it down so it will fit inside the lanes. While you're saving your pennies, try to find a local boat and bribe the owner to allow you to take it out now and then.
  15. TeamFugu

    When to gybe

    I agree with Jethrow the most. At high winds, because of VMG, a little more around 80 degrees from the bow. Light winds, almost 100. The bigger key to a good gybe is to do it at full speed. If you allow the boat to drop off a plane, you'll have a handful. Make all of your tacks and gybes with as much speed as possible and the boat will be much easier to handle. Backing off the throttle on a skiff just increases the swimming lessons.