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  1. One factor that I failed to point out is that the UFO is able to tack to windward with the main foil retracted. The foil is in front of the mast, so when the foil is retracted, the mainsail is still free to tack back and forth. On the Wazsp, the main foil can be lowered on the water, but when it is up the mainsail can not be tacked, so you have to commit to one tack if you want to sail with the foil up. I suspect that the Skeeta would have the same limitation.
  2. Ramp launching the UFO is quite easy, depending on the wind direction. Overall, I'd say its as easy as any sailing dinghy. The boat will sail well and point to windward with the mainfoil all the way retracted. So when you get to the bottom of the ramp, you ditch the dolly (helps to have a 2nd person for this), spin the boat away from the ramp, lower the rudder a bit, push off, and jump on the back. Once you are clear of the ramp and in deep water, let the sail out to drift, lower the rudder all the way and cleat the downhaul, then lower the main foil and pin it. You are ready to sheet
  3. That ring is to minimize friction between the bottom of the mast flange and the deck. As Martin said, you can sail without it for a little while, particularly if you put some Vaseline in between the two surfaces to minimize binding. I believe the ring is made from HDPE, the same material as ski bottoms. So any dense, slippery plastic would work. But Fulcrum has plenty of them and is happy to sell it to you for a pretty reasonable cost.
  4. Looks like a lot less volume in the hull than the current Mach 2's and Exocets. May be more of a handful when low-riding (if that is possible).
  5. Didn't take long for this class to go to the dogs....
  6. I'm assuming that you are not planning on leaving the mast up. It is likely to capsize with it up, and the mast will rattle in the step and wear the gel coat if left up. As long as the mast is down and the rudder and centerboard are removed, it should float and be stable. Ensure that the dock is really protected, or the Laser will bash against the pilings when motorboats go by. Check it periodically to ensure it is not taking on any water. Some boats leak at the bottom of the centerboard trunk, the cockpit bailer fitting, or the rudder gudgeons. If it is leaking, don't leave it in t
  7. Our neighbor has a Bravo. I can't think of another boat that is easier and faster to go from beach to water. It may not be the highest performance dinghy in the harbor, but it is plenty responsive and fun. Its super durable and requires almost no maintenance. Great choice, once your kids see you on it and realize they can sail it themselves, or better yet, take their friends out, they may come around.
  8. We trailered a Dart 18 all around Maine behind a 4cyl Nissan Pickup up to 150 miles per trip. Never had a problem with windage, it was always a light, manageable load.
  9. Hardly! One of the things I love about the SA forums is that we have industry experts, like Julian Bethwaite, Steve & Dave Clark, and many others reading and posting regularly. They are not always right per say, but they always can clear up speculation on why their boats were or were not designed in a certain way. More than anything, it shows that many of these builders and designers are just as passionate (and usually much more so) as we, the regular sailors are. I've observed minimal, if any, ego, and a great willingness to help sailors get the most out of their boats and help pus
  10. Stuff breaks. Part of this is our fault. We keep wanting higher performance boats. Usually, in dinghys at least, light equals fast. With rigs, flexible is often fast too. The loads we put on modern rigs get pretty high. Just the static loads to prebend the masts. Battens have lots of pressure in them. Look at modern windsurfer and moth rigs....lots and lots of tension built in before you even consider wind loads. Modern materials are amazing! The engineers are always balancing a robust safety factor with cutting weight. Durability versus performance. If there is a weak compon
  11. The original poster indicates that it is a broken scallop out of the track, based on the appearance of the edges that can't be seen in the photos. These tracks are more fragile than they seem, and can crack when lowering or trailering the mast if the track hits something hard. The track and mast look very similar to the carbon mast and track on the UFO mast. I've had experience replacing two sections of the UFO sail track when they cracked due to rigging malfunctions. Per instructions from the manufacturer, I replaced about 3" of track by cutting the track cleanly at 90 degrees ,
  12. Great summary of a very tough spring, Dave. If I go back to teaching manufacturing management some day, I'll invite you up as a guest lecture to discuss 'Supply Chain Disruptions and how to Manage Them.' Its been a crazy year. The boats look great. Once you have dialed in your process, do you plan to apply your silicone 'Flying Spaghetti Monster' resin delivery system to the Rocket as well?
  13. I believe that the rules now allow a race official to penalize a participant if their support boat interfere with a race. I heard that clearly stated at a large Opti event in New England a few years ago by a very well organized PRO, and the coaches seemed to respect it at that regatta. This regatta had 3 or 4 official boats tasked ONLY with keeping the 90+ coach boats at the event from getting near the course or starting area. Sad that it has to be stated, as it seems pretty obvious to most.
  14. Martin has described it exactly right. You want to be sailing on a broad reach in control. I think 12 knots of wind is ideal, you have enough power that you are easily on the foils, but not so much that it is difficult to control. Once you are on a broad reach (approx 135 true) and flat, bear away a bit to maybe 150 degrees true. this will reduced the need to hike and allow you to come into the boat on your knees. Focus on steering smoothly and keeping the boat fairly flat. When practicing make a few small tiller adjustments from this position to see how the boat feels, head u
  15. Looking on line at some older JY15 pics, I think it is indeed an old JY15 rudder. If anyone wants one, its there's for the asking (pickup in Vermont).
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