Out of curiosity, has anyone here installed a cleat on the side of their mast to hook the halyard to? I have always bunched mine up and velcrowed it to the mast but that leaves it slack so it moves alot in the wind and bugs me. I just do not know about putting extra holes in the mast.....
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Posted 25 April 2016 - 10:08 PM
I tie a couple of bungees around the mast. Coil the halyard, slip the coil under the two bungees and you're done.
Posted 25 April 2016 - 10:53 PM
If I wanted to affix something to the mast, I'd just glue it on with some G-flex - NOT make a hole in the spar, but I've found that halyard tail can be easily-enough stowed in the packet of the sail, with some tension provided by hooking it into the outhaul-blocks mount on the forward end of the boom, as illustrated in the rigging diagram
Posted 25 April 2016 - 10:58 PM
the two bungees sound like a good idea. But I might still glue a cleat on. then coil the rest and do the bungee thing. I do not like putting it in the sail pocket, don't ask why....
Posted 25 April 2016 - 11:06 PM
On another note, this weekend was the first time back in the boat since November. Since then I had been thinking I might want to swap into a RS Aero next year, but after this weekend that idea is gone. I honestly cannot think of another boat I would enjoy more than my megabyte!!! Yesterday the wind was probably around 12 knots but with 18knot gusts hitting every couple of minutes and lasting for under a minute. they were strong to force like a 35% shift upwind to avoid a swim, or of course I could have let out the sail, but what fun would that have been. I will say, my legs felt like jello after less than 2 hours of constant going from side of the boat to hiking position when the gusts would hit!!!! To make matters more fun I goofed on the routing of the downhaul and could not pull it in as much as I would have liked.....
Posted 25 April 2016 - 11:43 PM
This was yesterday, while just leaving the dock before getting to the windy areas!
Posted 26 April 2016 - 02:19 AM
Yeah - downhaul makes a BIG difference in the breeze - and you REALY should check out a Mark 2 sail if you haven't yet - BIG improvement, especially in the breeze
Posted 26 April 2016 - 03:39 AM
my lake is normally an 8 to 10 knot at best lake. Yesterday was not normal, fun but not normal. I like my mkI setup and do not really want to spend over 3000 to upgrade......
I could have parked and fixed the downhaul, but I was having too much fun!!!
Posted 26 April 2016 - 07:09 PM
I understand entirely - I probably wouldn't have gone for the upgrade either, but I had to replace the mast ( bought the boat used, with broken rig ), now - having sailed the two sail back-to-back....well - the upgrade IS in fact, an upgrade.
Don't know how well it works on the Mk 1 mast, but should still be better than the 'soft' sail, fwiw.
And yeah - the fun factor of the Mega in 12-15 is massive. My face gets tired from the grin.
Posted 26 April 2016 - 10:36 PM
even at 8 knots the grin is permanent. I have had many boats like it before, and I love first that it handles my weight, second, it is very predictable. My Laser would go from full flat lad di duh to Oh Shi## in the blink of an eye, the Mega gives some warning and middleground. Plus the cockpit actually fits two people. The only other boat I had which worked this well was the Banshee, but it was underpowered for my lake.
Posted 24 May 2016 - 06:05 PM
How is this fleet doing now? When I sold mine I think they were transitioning over to a new builder? It's a really nice design and would be a lot of fun in a fleet racing situation, but the largest fleet I was ever able to sail in was three boats.
Posted 25 May 2016 - 06:50 PM
Don't ask me, the only other one I know of is on Maui, and I'm not sailing mine up there to race him !
That said, the class does keep messaging me about events, and it sounds like they've had a class championship the past few years up in New England somewhere - but that likely won't help you too much, sorry to say.
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