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  1. This video at the 12:00 minute mark shows a Windrider 17 rocky beach launch. The boat is pretty indestructible, with the exception of the rudder, and that's usually protected by the skeg.
  2. Well, you can't capsize a Windrider, you can add forward steering and sheeting, and there are many more seating options on a Windrider than on most any beach cat. The boom is set well above the cockpit and tramps, so it is very difficult to get hit by the boom if you're seated. Windrider owners usually modify the boats with various steering and seating options to suit themselves. When it comes to comfort and safety, there are not many beach cats that compare favorably to the Windrider. A Getaway may be better for some. I've owned both. I concur that either would be safer but slower than a Tige
  3. A Windrider 17 trimaran is another idea. Very low risk of capsize, decent performance, able to carry the whole crew. Frequently available on craigslist across the US.
  4. Patricia, There's a Hobie Tiger with wings for sale at thebeachcats.com in the Washington DC area. Worth checking out.
  5. Haven't heard any F22 news in quite a while. Anybody know what's going on?
  6. http://www.h2proped.com/ Flexible drive shaft allow pedals to be distanced from prop. Not sure of the efficiency or other possible limitations.
  7. I've owned a number of Windriders. They're great boats. Performance could be better in some regards, but they're a lot of fun, very safe, and very tough. I've got plans for the W17 from Mike Waters, which is similar to the Windrider in some regards, but much higher performance. It's designed for plywood, but I've been discussing a foam composite build with Mike. He's also got a 19' derivative that is being prototyped now. 4 good sized adults, per the OP's requirements, would probably overload the 17, but could work for the 19. Not everyone's got the time to build. I know I've been plannin
  8. My best recommendation for a relatively inexpensive trimaran that will carry two couples is a Tramp. They are not modern high performance boats, but they're comfortable, and faster than most monohulls. The masts are a lot lighter than the Corsairs' masts, so setup is easier. Prices have been going up on Tramps, and boats in good condition aren't generally a lot more expensive than ones in average condition. The first issue with a Tramp is locating one. The next issue is maintenance. Most of the Tramps I've seen have been on the deferred maintenance plan. Many come with the original sails. If y
  9. Another home built that could meet your needs is the Woods Strike 18. The looks don't appeal to everyone, but I've heard positive reports. One's for sale on eBay right now.
  10. You may want to look at the Sea Pearl 21 Trimaran and see how that meets or doesn't meet your needs. In my opinion, the parameters that you've laid out so far will lead to a heavy boat, and the sail area that can be supported by a freestanding mast on a smaller, relatively heavy boat will not lead to satisfactory performance.
  11. "An unstayed wing mast, preferably gimballed or otherwise easy to lower/dis-assemble, placed as far forward as feasible to create extra cockpit space and make the mainsail the primary driving force. An under-foredeck tabernacle would be ideal, and with a carbon wing mast the weight could be kept down sufficiently to make raising/lowering the mast safe and fast." I've owned a large number of small trimarans. I see the free-standing mast as a huge obstacle. Hobie and Windrider have done it with 200 to 300 lb boats, and less than 100 sq. ft. of sail. A 20 footer with a cat/ketch rig could me
  12. I've been thinking of using dyneema shrouds on a small tri that I'm building and using a whoopie sling to tension. I think it'll need a bungie on the tail to keep it under tension so it won't slip.
  13. I sail a wide variety of small boats. For weight capacity, there are few small catamarans or trimarans that can match the Getaway. I'd consider the wings a necessity. While the Getaway can't match the performance of similar sized beach cats, load them with 600 or more pounds, and the Getaway may have the best performance. You're probably not going for max speed with the whole family onboard anyway. On the east coast of the US, you can usually find a used one for around $5k. There are currently two listed on craigslist in the Boston area.
  14. I had an OSTAC Tramp, which was built about 10 years later than the Haines Hunter or Pyramid boats. It actually has an interior, with a cuddy up front and a rear "cabin" underneath the cockpit. Both are quite small, and weren't very useful for me. The older boats are solid fiberglass, while the OSTAC boats have a relatively modern composite sandwich construction, and are therefore much lighter - as much as 500 lbs lighter. Also, the OSTAC boats have a daggerboard, which eliminates the centerboard trunk, which usually leaks on Tramps, unless they've been removed and resealed with modern sealan
  15. We use a low friction ring on the barber hauler for the jib on our F24 Mk 1. I've used a lashing on the beam as suggested above to vary the sheeting on the reacher. Normally I just use a turning block on the ama. I like the barber hauler on the jib, but I think a barber hauler on the reacher would clutter things up in the cockpit. The reacher on our boat isn't designed for going too close to the wind anyway.
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