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  1. Chute is white, light blue, and light purple. Board down draft is 3.5’
  2. Thanks @Steam Flyer yes that’s basically right. Two feet shorter though. 175 sq ft in main and jib; jib is non overlapping and main is a bit smaller than the FD’s too. It takes about 12kts of breeze to get the crew out on the wire all the way. Bench seating but fairly comfortable wide rails for hiking. Single bottom and Elvstrom bailers so comfortable to sit in too. With three adults you don’t need the trapeze but can use it when it’s honking. With four adults it is very stable but still will get up and plane off wind. I used to teach on them at the Milwaukee Community Sailing
  3. I tried an M15 at a demo day in September and I loved it. I have been sailing a Vanguard Volant, which performs (DPN = 81.5) between the 470 and 505 when you sail it two up with the trapeze. The M15 with the asymmetric is so much more exhilarating downwind in any breeze at all. Upwind in 12kts with the M15 I missed the trapeze just because sailing a trapeze dinghy to windward is really special — the high roll inertia does it I think. But the M15 was very responsive and super fun to work upwind through puffs and shifts in the small lake we were in. By the numbers the M15 might not loo
  4. I could hook you up with a Vanguard Volant. 18’, centerboard with kick up rudder. Roller furling jib, spinnaker launcher, single trapeze. Sails comfortably with 4 adults and can single hand with or without the jib. Way livelier than the Scot and equally commodious.
  5. I picked up a Volant (#69) a couple of years ago on craigslist in Minneapolis. Paid $500. It looked about like the Milwaukee one, but still had the trapeze rigged. After a good cleaning and some minor rigging repairs it was ready to go. It's been a blast. You can load it up with 4 adults and it still moves, or you can go out with a single crew on the wire and it planes upwind. The launcher is nice, the vang and cunningham are kind of under-purchased, and the end-of-boom main sheet is a pain. Very seaworthy boat, though. I taught kids and adults in them on Lake Michigan in Milwaukee i
  6. Yes, race starts at 6:30. People leave the dock before 6 usually. Look for a guy named Andrew (I think) with a clipboard. I am not going to make it tonight I banged up my ribs pretty bad last Sunday.
  7. @BraveNewBoatDo you ever sail on Medicine Lake? We do an extremely informal (nobody keeps track of finishes; 3min whistle start) open dinghy race every Wednesday at 6:30. Come on out!
  8. Wow. Thanks for all the great info. This is going to help tremendously. Even though its been a bit rocky at times every one of them who's gone out on the wire has been grinning ear to ear. Trapping is definitely one of the best experiences sailing has to offer.
  9. I have a Vanguard Volant. It's like an FD with the last 2' removed, and more places to sit added. I am drawing on family and friends as crew, none of whom have any sailing background, and am finding it challenging to get new crew off on the right foot with the trapeze. Are there any resources you can recommend, such as Youtube videos or online instructions, that are helpful for people who have never sailed? What coaching strategies have worked for you to introduce noobs to the trap?
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