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    Shelburne, Vermont
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    Sailing in all forms (racing, cruising, iceboating), biking, & skiing.

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  1. Did the J/105 come with a removable bow roller? On the J/110 we own, and several other J/'s I've looked at, a stainless steel channel with a roller on one end slides over two bolt heads built into a plate at the bow. This allows the roller to be installed or removed really quickly, so it will not snag on a spinnaker when sailing. When we bought our boat 12 years ago, it did not have the bow roller assembly aboard, so I contacted J/boats to buy one as a spare part. They referred me to Garhauler Marine. They had a person in charge of J/Boat parts and he knew exactly what I was needed, so
  2. If racing is important to you, find out what is raced near your home. From the responses here, the Lido 14 and Lightnings have strong fleets. I'm not familiar with the Lido, but the Lightning has a long history of being a great family boat. We hosted the nationals here in Vermont several years ago, and many of the boats were sailed by kids, parents, and grandparents, and it was obvious on shore that many of these families had been sailing together and with each other for years, perhaps across generations. So if you want your kids to get indoctrinated into a strong family racing culture,
  3. Yes, I remember seeing a couple of them bobbing in the water at the Annapolis Boat show in the mid-80s. Very cool looking design. They had a few downsides compared to most pedal boats. First, you got quite hot pedaling them. You sit deep in it, and it only has the one hatch, so there isn't much airflow. Two, they are a bit of a pain to launch, as they are pretty deep and heavy, and can't be dragged up a beach and remain upright. Finally, they were (and apparently are) still expensive. The seating position looks comfortable, I'd wonder how efficient the pedal and propeller sy
  4. The 12's are a blast to watch. They are ridiculous, in a good sort of way. They appear to be to skiffs what 'sinkers' are to windsurfers....meaning there really isn't enough boat to support the crew and rig that you have piled on top of it, so unless you are planing, I'd expect that you really have no stability. I say this only through observation, not experience. Its amazing that they work, and I'd imagine that they are really unforgiving and require quite a bit of talent, practice, and teamwork to sail well. I've sailed I-14s, an RS800, and a 29er. All are great fun to sail.
  5. It is very similar in configuration, two forward foils on the amas and a foil on a single rear rudder. It is also quite similar length and beam. It is a bit lighter, not surprising due to carbon fiber construction versus rotomolded, and carries a little more sail area. The control mechanism on the Vortex (a stick to control pitch and roll) is a novel addition, it will be interesting to see how effective it is.
  6. I just noticed an ad on the Sailing Anarchy Homepage for Vortex Pod Racers. https://vortexpodracer.com/ Does anyone know any more about these? They are built by McConaghy (builders of the Mach2 Moth and others) so this isn't someone in their basement springing for an ad. Their website is quite developed. From appearances, The concept looks really interesting, and a little terrifying. Seems like they are still building the first prototype, as there are photos of components and portions of the hull, but no pictures of the whole boat, just renderings, and no photos or videos of it sai
  7. Having the boat pointed into the wind will make it easiest, on any boat I can think of. Some boats are pretty forgiving on this, others demand that the wind is really close to the bow. In my experience, boats with fully battened mainsails really want to be very close to the wind. If the battens are loaded up, the sails can be difficult to raise in any condition, loading them with wind pressure can make the hoist almost impossible. But more traditional triangular mainsails should hoist fairly easily in light to moderate winds. Reducing friction on the cars or bolt rope will be key, you
  8. The boom brakes I'm aware of are for larger keelboats and usually have a block type fixture on the boom, with a line to either gunwale that travels through the boom block. The block has some resistance mechanism, to slow the travel of line through it, and thus slow rate of the boom's swing. I've never used one personally, I've simply seen the devices advertised. I've never seen one fitted to a dinghy. As others have said, if you restrict the movement of the boom, the wind will simply capsize the boat, since most dinghies rely on the crew weight opposing the force of the wind to keep
  9. We purchased an RS14 Cat last summer, equipped with Hyde sails. I was very impressed with the sail quality. They are heavier dacron, and a more conventional build than the composite Feva sails, but nothing about them suggested 'cost cutting' to me. We've only had them a year, but I suspect they will last a long time.
  10. I believe the challenge you will have with bringing the cleat to the bottom of the mast is that it will be difficult to maintain luff tension on the main. The UFO seems pretty sensitive to how far the top of the main is from the top of the mast, and you want to be able to set it and be sure it stays there. The longer the distance between the sail and the cleat, the more stretch you will have in the halyard. You will also double the compression force on the mast, so you will have a lot more bend it in than the sail produces on its own. I'm not sure if that will cause a problem or not, bu
  11. JoeW: I agree with you on all points. The wishbone booms on the Waszp and UFO simplify the rig a lot, but you do loose the ability to independently adjust the leach tension. The vang forces the moth generates are remarkable, I've seen several broken booms and vang struts when something goes askew. The UFO skippers do 'touch down' to windward a bit more often than the Waszp and Moth sailors, primarily because the UFO doesn't have the sloped wings. The good news is that when the windward hull touches, in most cases the buoyancy and planing surface prevents you from capsizing and you sk
  12. One other thing (sorry to monopolize this post...but living in New England I'm not going to be able to sail my UFO for another 3-4 months, so thinking about it and writing about it is the next best thing!). The UFO delivers plenty of frustration. Don't worry about that. Even with fairly simple controls, it takes some practice and technique to get the heal angle correct and the fore aft weight balance right. All of these foiling dinghys are pretty stubby (short in length) so until they are on their foils, they are much more sensitive to fore/aft weight placement than a normal dinghy.
  13. JoeW: First, the easy question. Yes, the UFO has a rudder rake adjustment. There is a handwheel under the tiller that is used to change the position of the top gudgeon which adjusts the angle of attack of the rudder. It is not designed to be used while you are foiling, however, unlike modern moths. But is is very simple to adjust it one the water, without tools, in a second or two. I usually don't even stop sailing, as long as you are off the foils and the rod is unloaded, it is easy to adjust. This is a major difference for all of the 2ndary controls on the UFO compared with
  14. I fully understand. We have a J/110 that we cruised a fair amount when we bought it 12 years ago. As the kids got older it was cruised less and raced more. We installed a tides track and slides when we bought the boat, and put up lazy jacks shortly afterward. That likely saved our marriage. As we began to race more, I'd get crap from competitors and my guest crew about the lazy jacks. But for most of the racing we do (beer can Wednesday nights) the races are won and lost on the starts, mark roundings, and who can find the wind. The wind resistance of the lazy jacks isn't going to cos
  15. JoeW: I continue to sail the moth when an opportunity presents itself. My buddy ended up moving South, but he returns each summer for a few weeks and brings his Moth. He upgraded from a Mach 2 to an Exocet, so I had the chance to sail it last summer. Wow, what a machine! I have not bought one of my own, the time to set it up and go sailing, and the effort to launch it from our rocky beach was simply too high for me to justify it. I bought a UFO in early 2018 and sail it often. It offers a lot of fun for the investment of money and time. In 10-14 knots of wind, it will sail a
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