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  1. 16kts on both  my B25 and Hot Foot  Sustained 14ish on the B and 12ish on the Hot Foot.  Both boats had second generation  rudder so very  good control especially  the B.  Could  have sat back and enjoyed a rum. Hot Foot big fun but needed more focus from me and the crew. 

  2. This may sound crazy but worked for my Hot Foot 20.

    I was also no longer racing the boat at a high level  of competitiveness so figured I would  give this idea a try. I had damaged the leading and trailing edges of the keel raising,  launching etc.  I repaired it a couple  or times but eventually it took on enough water to split due to winter freezing.  I repaired and sealed everything  up and then had a crazy  idea.  I bot some water proof gorilla  tape that said it would stick underwater.  I covered the leading and trailing edges with the tape to protect from future  damage and to add another layer of water intrusion protection.  I did this with horizontal  strips about 2 inches long.  I really  had my doubts that this would work  and really expected the tape to fall off over a summer on my mooring ball.  To my surprise the tape was intact after 5 months underwater.  I did not have another freeze and splitting problem.  I also did not notice any change in performance  so fine for beer can club racing. The tape is easy  to apply  and you have to work at it a little to remove but not a problem to remove. I would not do this to a boat racing at top levels but did not regret doing it to my Hot Foot.  Actually should  have done it sooner.  Would have protected the leading and trailing edges. The clear  water proof Gorilla Tape is amazing.  

  3. Dried out and ready for winter storage. Only damage lost windex. Not a bad outcome.  Thinking about  the  Double Damed for next year.  Don't think any Canadians have done the Double  Damed yet. Will hit the pool 3 x per week all winter to be in top shape in case my little boat breaks apart and crew has to swim for shore. Not sure  the old girl could take 40 miles of wave jumping if it was a big wind race. 


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  4. If I had any Lake Room I would have turned down  and would have went for a speed record. Problem wasthe lee shore was not far with lots of rocks in that area. My best option was to beam reach into the Marina.  Almost made it. And yes I had forgot to lock the hatch when we started out.  Was not thinking about it as the wind was light at that time. A locked hatch would  have made for a quick recovery,  less bailing and I would not have lost any gear. Won't forget  to lock the hatch again even when the wind is light.  Just something you need to do on a boat of this nature.  If you  check sail data you will see the Hot Foot 20 is reasonably powered up. My wife says too much for a 67 yr old but I will not bother owning any Sailboat that will not plane. Rather just go fishing than sail around a piggy. 

  5. Did you ever find a Hot Foot?  Could be talked out of mine right now  for  $4500.  Over all very good condition.  Of course  it could use sails.  It could  also use a bottom job to put it in top  notch race condition. What I mean is sand the bottom,  epoxy it,  do a little  failing if you  have those skills.  Not  hard to do on a Hot Foot as you can turn it upside down or lean it up against a wall rather than under it up on a lift. My name is Jim. Phone 403 347 6557

  6. Good advice. 

    At the time of the knock down I was flogging  the  main.  Being Healed exposed a lot of free board as well.  The gust was huge.  Yes one more crew of decent size probably would have saved the day. I would  have had that person standing on the gunnell hanging off the shroud.  This person might have been able to quickly climb out on the keel as well. 

  7. I should conclude by saying that the Hot Foot 20 is great bang for the buck for anyone who likes to plane.  I bot this boat with decent sails for $6000. I now have lost 2 windexs in 6 years and that is it for breakage. I keep it on a mooring ball so very little expense there.  Boat does not owe me anything now even if it gets destroyed someday. 

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  8. Steam Flyer, the big problem here was I was forced to beam reach to make the Marina entrance channel. The gust that knocked me down was huge.  I have sailed this little boat upwind for miles with a reefed main in plus 20 with gusts over 30 with no problems.  Downwind in the big stuff is a blast. Once you are planing the loads get light and you just keep  going faster The faster you go the more stable the  boat feels. Just need to focus on boat balance especially through  a jibe.  Keep the boat flat and balanced upwind and down and the boat performs great in big breeze.  No need for more buoyancy etc. Beam reaching and with only one crew different story.  I had no choice, no Lake room to turn down, motor decided not to start to help me hold her nose into the wind if all else failed.  I was close to the Marina so I went for it.  I was only a couple  of minutes out when the monster gust hit me, bad thing when beam reaching and Light on rail meat. Turning down even briefly meant missing the Marina entrance with nowhere to go but aground. The bottom muddy in that area so I guess that would have  not been a bad outcome if I could  have slowed the boat enough to not rip the keel out. Anyway  it was a bit of a Freak situation that probably won't happen to  me again anytime soon. Famous last words. 

  9. You Vancouver Island Sailors might Know my Hot Foot.  It's first name was AJ for Adrenaline Junky.  Don't know the original owner.  I am the 3rd or 4th of owner. Have owned several small keel boats Inc B25, Santana 23 and a 20, Capri 22. SJ 21. Also previously owned another Hot Foot named Gonzo.  Love planing at 10 plus on  the Hot Foot. The  Double Damed is still on my bucket list. 

  10. Just finished a pleasant spinnaker run in about 12 knots.  Looked like we were about to get rained on. Decided to head for the Marina. We were a few minutes away when a huge storm front wind came roaring down the lake.  We were on a beam reach about 2 minutes  from the Marina when we got knocked down very hard.  The boat tried to turtle but stuck the mast in the mud. Myself and my one crew had been tossed into the lake. Luckily a power boat picked us out of the very cold water within 5 minutes. I thought at the very least my mast would be destroyed. The blast was over as quick as it came.  A fellow Sylvan Lake sailor came out with  a power boat and working together got my boat upright and secured to our towns earth pier.  After changing to warm clothes I came out and took over the bailing.  Bailed the boat out enough to  tow to the Marina.  1 day later boat ready to sail again. Missing my windex and there are still weeds stuck on my flicker.  Weeds will be my windex for the rest of the season.  


    It pic boat on its side. 

    2nd pic boats working together to get my boat to shore and secured. 

    3rd pic.  Boat secured and being Bailed out. 

    4th pic boat mostly Bailed and in Marina. 

    5th pic weeds flying  from mast top 

    6th pic me happy  that I had not lost my emergency pail shutter lid.  Lost some other stuff that floated away. 








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  11. Tried everything.  Think  it is farked although everything works  except  it will not connect.  Probably  needs a new gps thingy. Was hoping  to  find a way to talk to the Rock City Marine Guys to see if they had ideas before I deep six it. I have had a good run with it.  At least  12 years. Don't know what I should  replace it with.  My 20yr old Tactic died last fall as well. I am thinking maybe 2 Velocitic pucks,  one left on speed and the other  on heading to replace both.  Don't need anything more than speed and heading and like big didgets. 

  12. Our Sylvan Lake Marinas (2) have both developed a severe weed problem. Every time a sail or power boat leaves the Marinas a clump of weed gets dragged out into the lake. If the wind is lite the weed clumps just float around waiting for my Hot Foot 20 ( and other keel boats of course) . Early in September we had a 4 race regatta and I ended up with weeds attached to my keel 3 of the 4 races. This is despite backing up before each start. Not Good for boat speed.

    My keel needs a little work anyway so thinking about installing a kelp cutter. Wondering about the pros and cons of doing this. Where would I even get the blade? Hoping some of you coastal guys may have some advice.

  13. No, not the whacky stuff we like to smoke here up north.

    The 2 marinas on our prairie lake have developed a weed overgrowth problem. Every sail and power boat leaving the marinas drag a big clump of weeds out into the lake with them. If the wind is lite these clumps just float around the lake just waiting to wrap themselves around my Hot Foot 20s keel. We had a 4 race regatta a couple of weeks ago and I managed to collect a gift of said weed 3 of the 4 races. Not good. 


    What to do? Sell my Hot Foot and buy a boat with a  keel that can be lifted under way like an S2 or Santana 23. Or, should I look into a kelp cutting blade for the leading edge of me keel?  Where would I find a blade? Thinking you coastal guys might have some advice

  14. 16 hours ago, EYESAILOR said:

    I'm not understanding the bit about why you would not just get a J70.

    It is exactly as you described, a somewhat powered down Melges 24. You certainly wouldnt want to power it up for short handed sailing and wed night beer can racing. Your handiicap would be straightforward.  Good luck going through all the machinations of trying to get a short sailed Melges 24 an adjustment for PHRF!

    Then when you go one design racing , you will have all the competition you need.

    Having said that I have owned and sailed a J70.....Im now dividing my time between something smaller/ faster and something much more staid. We are going to take a peek at the RS 21 this summer but I have reservations.

    We really enjoyed our time in the J70 but the competition evolved into something that didnt fit with us. Its a great boat.


    Yes I need to take a J70 for a sail to experience it first hand. I cant see it being fast upwind. My Hot Foot has the same upwind sail area and is 600 lbs lighter

  15. 20 hours ago, K9u20 said:

    Keep it simple. If you want the performance of a Melges 24. Buy one and cut down the main and use a smaller jib when you want to single hand or daysail. That’s what I have done.

    What would you think your cut down sail area is and how does the boat handle and perform?

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