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  1. A compromise to consider would also be a sailfish (like a sunfish without the “cockpit”). They’re super cheap on Craigslist because most people would choose a sunfish... but they’re like 36” wide so they’ll fit down your ramp, weigh around a hundred pounds so you can easily wheel it on a homebrew dolly, and have almost twice the sail of a snark. If you were creative you might build a dolly with 4 wheels, where the outer two were a larger diameter and spaced so they’d ride as guides on the outside of your gangway while the smaller diameter inner wheels roll on top of it. Only downside is they
  2. I think the AstroTurf + beater idea is a gem. Use a winch on a strop around a tree to retrieve. Barring that, I’ll offer that there’s no way in hell you're getting most of these boats down that ramp solo unless you’re the Hulk. I got a Escape Solsa to get my 5 year old into sailing (rather than riding with me in the bigger boat). The hull is supposed to weigh 80#. I’m 40 and have a physical job but it would be really, really unpleasant to carry that thing over my head any distance. Like bordering on impossible. It’s not the sheer weight, it’s also the size and how ungainly it is. Down a
  3. I want to put a masthead float on an Escape Solsa. It has a sleeved mainsail that slides over a two piece aluminum mast, like a laser but less nice. The sail is some sort of nylon, doesn't even feel like proper Dacron and certainly not laminate or fancy. The boat is really beamy so I suspect won't take much to turtle once she's over (though I think it'll take some recklessness to tip). However it's a first-small-boat for me to introduce my young kid to fun wet small boats... So I'm willing to sacrifice performance and style points for knowing the boat can be on her side a while without inv
  4. Well, I missed the sale on the Captiva, but it got me looking and I ended up picking up a Solsa (Captiva's little sister at 9' and 88#) yesterday for a decent price. The boat is in like new shape, total garage queen, and should be even easier for the little guy to sail and right. Getting it on the roof was also a reality check--I don't think I could have cartopped the Captiva solo without gambling a bit on my car's paint. It also has aluminum spars, a dacron sail, and no fancy bearings, so the maintenance concern is waived. I'm actually really excited to take her out myself--I've never sai
  5. Things like the Mylar sail, mast bearing and other specific hardware for a boat long out of production, carbon spars, etc are my concern. I could easily end up with good money after bad if I have to replace almost anything... I’ll take a look at it if the guys willing to meet and try to make a not stupid decision. A Taz would really be ideal—and light enough to throw on the roof unassisted—but very hard to find used. Thanks for the input.
  6. So I promised my kid when he could pass the "deep end test" he'd get a kid sized sailboat. Currently the pools are closed and guys in bunny suits are roaming in armored vehicles, but if things normalize before the end of this summer my bluff will be called. I was planning to get him a sunfish, but an Escape Captiva just crossed my radar for $200 and I'm intrigued. Anyone know anything about this? 12' rotomolded thing looks like a laser, a kayak, and a block of cheddar had a threesome. Made my Sunfish Laser in the 90's. Has a weird mainsail reefing system which is attractive to me becaus
  7. +1 Super easy to use, super easy to be accurate with. I know my phone has a compass, and I have a GPS. I still love that Plastimo. Might depend on how big your boat is and whether being on the phone while sailing is a plus or a minus to you.
  8. Not a rudder, but an HPDE dinghy / tender grows all kind of hard crap, at least in the brackish lower Hudson. Since I used it mostly for rowing to and from the mooring and didn’t care how fair it was, I just cleared it with a scraper now and then. The bottom of the dinghy wasn’t perfect brand new plastic, though... but with the amount of crap that grew there it’s hard to believe even brand new it would have stayed clean.
  9. +1 if you can give up the monel part, a drive rivet will work great. I’ve never torn a clam cleat out with basic aluminum rivets in it, but I don’t tend to use a clam anywhere with a super high load... https://www.mcmaster.com/drive-rivets
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