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    When to gybe

    I definitely don't carry a windex. I've never seen a Musto with one, or an 800 for that matter. The real issue is not being able to see under the sails. Your 800 videos are great by the way!
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    When to gybe

    Thanks all for the replies. My issue is that it's very hard to see anything under the sails on the Musto. I guess it's just a case of using landmarks?
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    When to gybe

    Thanks all for the responses. The boat handling is very much a work in progress alright but, apart from the extra string, things aren't too different from the 600.
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    When to gybe

    So I've upgraded from my 600 to a Musto Skiff and am trying to get my head around assymetric racing. How do I know when to gybe for the layline?
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    Moth Foiler & Back bone issue

    Best of luck. If the physio says 'no' to hiking, you can always get yourself a trapeze boat!
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    Moth Foiler & Back bone issue

    Best to talk to your physio and/or GP about this. I suspect that no one here is qualified to give you medical advice. Maybe show your physio a picture of someone sailing a moth? That way, they can get an idea of the various stresses that hiking places on the spine. Anecdotally, there seems to be a lot of evidence that hiking is hard on the back. As fun as I'm sure moths are, I wouldn't risk my spine health for one.
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    Are You Tougher Than Me?

    Hiking is tremendously tough on the knees and lower back. My guess is that your joints are taking the stress rather than your muscles. What are your squat and deadlift numbers like?
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    Arm Fatigue

    The 49er is an entirely different question for the simple fact that it is a double-handed boat. The nature of a single-handed skiff is such that you simply can't react to gusts in the same way that a 9er crew does. In the Musto, 700 or 600, you simply can't play the main as effectively as a crew with both hands on the sheet. The problem is compounded when you consider what happens when the single-handed skiff sailor eases in a gust. On these boats, the ergonomics of the boat prohibit you from keeping to the tried and tested 'ease, hike, trim' method for responding to gusts. If you get hit by a gust, and ease the sheet, you can't allow the sheet to run through your hand as you would in a sitting down boat like a moth or a laser, where the extension is held across the body. Because the tiller is over the rear shoulder, or, worse, in a 'pan-handle' grip, you simply can't sheet in and out as effectively. Instead, you end up bringing your weight inboard as you ease. This compounds the effect of the gust. Now, not only is the boat heeling due to the effect of the gust, it's also dipping the leeward rack as you follow the sheet in. If you watch the top Musto sailors in breeze, you'll notice that they control the power with the tiller, not the sheet, for this very reason. It's not the most efficient use of a sail. Ideally, as the apparent wind goes aft in a gust, you would ease the main to adjust the trim. However, it is the fastest way to sail these boats.
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    Arm Fatigue

    Virtually everyone uses the cleat upwind on single handed skiffs. That said, when learning, I removed the cleat from my 600. You need to massively improve your grip strength and pulling muscles if you're going to sail without it. That means getting in to the gym. Focus on your grip strength and pulling movements. Think farmers walks, rows, dead lifts , trap bar dead lifts, pull ups and lat pull downs. Don't waste your time on isolation exercises for your biceps and triceps. Concentrate on compound movements which will have the most carry over to sailing. If you want to get the most out of your boat, you'll need a level of fitness that simply sailing every weekend won't develop. Endless cardio won't cut it either. If you're new to lifting, I can post a beginner's programme here.
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    Moving up from a Hobie 16

    RS800 - feels very fast upwind and downhill. It's manageable, but it's challenging enough to keep you interested for years. Also, if you can sail it, you'll happily sail pretty much everything else. Multihulls will feel like they have training wheels on after a few years in a skiff!
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    Out of Control Laser

    The Laser foils are shit. The best advice anyone can give you is to get a snazzier boat! Failing that, the slightest bit of heel will affect your ability to keep a neutral helm. Keep the boat dead flat. Also, if you're going on a big breezy reach, it's entirely possible that your rudder popped up. If it comes up even a tiny bit, the helm will feel very heavy.
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    F18 ownership costs

    Sam, Thanks a million. Sent you an email.
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    F18 ownership costs

    Hi all, So I've caught the bug and am thinking of buying an F18. The thing is, I hate boat work and I'm rubbish at it. Do these boats require shore crews like moths? Our budget would be 10,000 - 12,000 euro so realistically I'd be looking at a Cirrus R, Wildcat or Infusion. I just want to be able to keep the boat on the water. I wouldn't be tricking the thing out with new sails every season and I want to spend time sailing, not fixing things. Cheers, Peter
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    F18 ownership costs

    Hi all, So I've caught the bug and am thinking of buying an F18. The thing is, I hate boat work and I'm rubbish at it. Do these boats require shore crews like moths? Our budget would be 10,000 - 12,000 euro so realistically I'd be looking at a Cirrus R, Wildcat or Infusion. I just want to be able to keep the boat on the water. I wouldn't be tricking the thing out with new sails every season and I want to spend time sailing, not fixing things. Cheers, Peter
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    Sailing Helmets

    I have one of the above. Got one after a mate broke his ribs on his 600...