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About TeamFugu

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  1. TeamFugu

    Laser Rigging Restrictions

    Why yes there are. You can by kits that will retrofit your rig. I'm not fond of the way they work but they are class legal. Search the class site for the rules.
  2. TeamFugu

    Dinghy Wear

    I have a pretty heavy skiff farmer John that I wear all of the time. As much for protection from getting cut as for warmth. If it is too hot, I just roll it down to my waist and select what is comfortable on top. I was taking a lot of crap from my mates one day. It was 90F in the shade and I was there in my wetsuit. Then a cat came in to the beach and the lovely woman hopped off the boat with a six inch long and about half inch deep gash in her leg. I pointed it out and said to my mates, "That's why I wear this all of the time."
  3. TeamFugu

    49er hoist main sail issues

    On my Swift Solo, it helps to push the sail up from the bottom as you hoist. Sometimes I stop half way up and then put a lot of mast bend on to help take the pressure off the track from the battens. If you don't already have a 2:1 on the halyard, I'd add that too.
  4. TeamFugu

    Gybing. Board, yes or no

    When I had my 505, I sure noticed a difference. I tried to make one for my Swift but couldn't get the gasket to stick and gave up. The only drawback I saw was when going down wind, the board would gybe when I didn't want it to and the boat would jump out from under me. I've heard of I14's with them and they have a lever that locks the board in place when the kite is raised. I just didn't want to spend time in the shop and opted for more time on the water.
  5. TeamFugu

    Looking to Crew for Dinghy Racing -- Newbie

    I think the best thing is to find a local fleet and ask around. Sometimes crew, especially good crew are hard to find. Locate a local fleet/club you'd like to get involved with. Show up to a regatta or practice and ask around. There might be someone who isn't participating that is short crew. If not, stick around and help people rig and launch. You'll still learn a lot and make some friends.
  6. TeamFugu

    Laser C6 rig from the front page

    The curve at the bottom helps with the luff tension and sail support. It also looks cool and hides the vang. I like the sail but wish they would address the rudder too. That original beast needs a serious redesign. I'd like to see a larger sail too but I don't think I'll switch from my Swift. I like hanging in the easy chair as opposed to killing myself hiking.
  7. TeamFugu

    Square top and plastic mast track

    We have a similar issue with the Swift masts. A couple things, everyone has had issues with the track. Over time, the PVC hardens and starts to crack and we have had issues with the lamination failing. I haven't had the track open up and let the bolt rope pull out though. We generally hoist with a lot of halyard tension to take the stress off the track at the tip of the mast. Too much tension on the battens will put extra stress on the track. I'd only tension them until the vertical wrinkles are removed. Most of the sail shape comes from the mast bend, not from the battens. They are there to support the roach.
  8. TeamFugu

    How do you tote your boom around

    I had a 505 once and would just put the boom in the bottom of the boat. Pad it a bit and lash it so it wouldn't bounce around. Now with my Swift, I have a box trailer I haul the boat with and just lash the boom to the hoist I added to the trailer.
  9. 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
  10. 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.
  11. 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.
  12. 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.
  13. 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.
  14. 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.
  15. 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.