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  1. The I14 looks way too heavy and clumsy. What a horrible bitch of a time righting the damn thing! A Hobie 14 does not stay stuck on its side like this thing. How much does it weigh? Now- if the whole thing was carbon it might be worthwhile fooling with. Its like the girl single-handing/righting that Weta way offshore in New Zealand- having to flood and sink the outrigger to right the boat! Sheesh. Even bungeeing a 12 foot carbon monkey pole under the cat to rig out then right it works great in 2 minutes with 125 pound skipper----better than any of these horrid schemes you folks are using
  2. Lost.  Can you send me the email of Michael Christiansen re a used Z10 board slider top for A-14 or A15 eXploder boards- or any other polyethylene or Carbon (says O.H.)  slider..   or send him my email     dacarls@gmail.com   thanx.

  3. Damnable Opti people. Mean trick on the kids. Stock Laser people too. This IS the 21st Century for all of us.
  4. Can you sharpen your pin? Smaller diameter- get it in, then push it in to the correct diameter..
  5.   On 12/2/2017 at 6:26 PM, WetnWild said:

    Not a problem on A13/14 Exploders and C board DNA. Gonzalo reckons the bows won't go down on the redesigned Classic Exploder. I'll tell you first hand soon. 

    We won't be going to reaches any time soon in titles events but some still do reaches in clubland. 

    Agun/Abitch pines for the good old days. 

    What's the deal on the redesigned classic Exploder??

    Sam-- This from your post Page1, Dec3.  Were there answers? Do I need redesign??? since I am running a A14 eXploder and having no power or speed with Jz boards, Glaser DenBen sail, new bendy mast.  I guess I already have a classic.  I came in dead last against Curry (2nd overall) but Chris Cordes walked away (A2classic) in no air at Wildcat race at Lake Eustis.  So I am thinking about a return to C boards, DS sail which I do not own, and smaller fins on stock boards on this boat. (A14 used by Matt Struble 2015NAs).


    1. F18 Sailor

      F18 Sailor

      Hey Dave,

          I'm not sure what the design changes are for the C board version. Best to talk with Emmanuel on that front. The only answers from the Aussies were all in that thread.

      I suspect your boat would be fine with c boards if they fit, but I don't know where your trunks are.

      I am surprised at your speed issues, might be a rig package issue- I know no one successfully racing a foiler with big headed square top main, waaaay too much heel. I believe Bob Hodges has an A14 but his has been consistently updated, first with Z5's at 53cm and next with Z22's at 40cms.

      Will you be at Bluster on the Bay? I'll be there racing my F18 but we have most of the A cat gear with us including my Stevie Brewin DS, boomless, cut for an A15 but likely close enough for your boat if you wanted to take it for a test sail. I'd also be happy to give your boat a go after  racing one day, Mike can launch his AD3 and we can go do some tuning against that. 

  6. Hi Doug, Tech problems.

    I have the original A14 eXploder used by Matt Struble from NAs 2015 with Jz boards and stock eXploder fins, superbendy Fiberfoam and now a good DB sail used by Craig Yandow. Foiling is very difficult. I can sort of make OH's boat go, but mine...not so much.  

    1. OH says I need to move the board trunk forward 5 to 10 inches to make it work, and use Z10 foils at least.  The problem is that I can move the trunk forward only 5 inches because of the shroud base and its bulkhead. In your opinion is that enough to even bother with?

    2. I didn't find any Z10s yet: inquiries from attendees at SD= nothing. Do you know of any?

    3. I am ready to add sail extension to make a decksweeper from a good older skinny top sail (2004 near NA winner: Woody Cope's).....just to have something that works*. 

    4. This sounds sort of silly, but how about moving my rudders further out back (6 inches with extensions) for as is- Z10 same trunk position*.

    Comments welcome. 

  7. Charlie: Are you still contemplating selling the S9 foil setup as mentioned above? 

    Dave Carlson from Gainesville FL    dacarls@gmail.com

  8. Just found this extended thread.  So what is Sopot, and where are these Z10's floating around for sale?  I have sore need of them, asap, even though an A-cat with move-forward-able trunks is looking scarce.

    I am TRYING to sail the darm thing as is. 

    1. F18 Sailor

      F18 Sailor

      Sopot is the location for A Cat worlds this summer. I can talk to Martin and see if we can get some used boards and rudder hardware in the U.S container back from worlds.

    2. dacarls


      If you please.  I live in Florida, far from where breakthroughs are emerging. Now- Hangbacks we have lots of. 

      I should be happy to avail myself/acquire a pair of these Zs, while I struggle with my Jzs placed far behind the shroud bulkhead which is too far behind front crossbar. (good A14 hull, NAs winner 2015 that won't delaminate. Moving this bulkhead up is a very expensive mod). :o:angry:

      Who is Martin?  When & where in the US will the container return?

    3. F18 Sailor

      F18 Sailor


        I sent you an email. A new pair of Z10's from Emmanuel are $1700. The biggest cost you may have is moving the trunks/installing different bearings. I'm not yet sure what Tony will end up charging me for this installation on my Flyer (ran out of time to do it myself, but had half the work done already).

      Martin is owner of catsailingnews.com, we talk regularly on all things beachcat related. No idea what the U.S container for worlds is looking like schedule wise, Bailey would know more.


  9. to samc99us,

    I noticed that the Queensland regatta in Oz with the goofy name (just over) mention short, wide bottom deck sweeper sails, also Z12 and Z15 foils, or were they Z18?  Steve Brewin killed and Landy was fast too, with the blue short, fat sail & rig. It looked like they had at least 5 of those A-cats- including AUS 4 and 15 from the video clips.

    Nobody in the USA has done either of these things, AFAIK. I tried to copy pix but had trouble.

    Got any dope on it?   

  10. PERT chart! MiGod- I haven't heard of a PERT chart since 1962.
  11. CPM- New Braunfels does not appear to have any water??
  12. Interesting. So the Flying Phantom (FP) is the one that recently broke a hull in Texas. Is this correct? Is this the same one that went over backwards last spring off the beach in the Atlantic 300 race and broke its mast in an onshore wind? While in 3rd place if I recall. It is tough to have to come into the surfline with a FP, turn into the wind, then have your crew hold the boat until beach wheels can get to you. If it is too deep, the crew is floating in waves, and you are in big trouble. If it is too shallow, the uptip foils might hit bottom and be damaged. I think these non-re
  13. This was a light 3500 pound Kiwi35 with fiberglass aft-hiking wings in upper Lake Michigan in a big 100 mph thunderstorm near midnight: Nearby Chi/ Mac racers had wind indicators blown off or pegged. All sails were furled except a storm jib. I suspect it was skidding on its side when the downwind hiking wing dug in and stopped the boat. Kinetic energy threw it over, while spilling out the hunkered-down crew, 2 of whom were under the rapidly descending hiking wing and wearing lifejackets like everybody else. A strong sea anchor might well have prevented this skidding then capsize, nothing els
  14. Ugly as sin for a boat, but with all this timy house nonsense going on now days maybe it is not such a bad thing. One thing though, Where are the bunks?? Is that a quarterbirth on the starboard side?? Port top looks like an opening, but is there enough over there?? "Wood stove" nails it for me! $%^&*&^%$
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