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  1. It a LONG day or day and night to get arond the island. My crew last time was SO drunk from the night before, so I was all by myself. Disgusting. yes reef a new-to-you fast and fairly light boat. And no short races firt? Bad idea.
  2. You might want to get an actual Hobie cat sailor to look at what you are doing. Its amazing what experience does for these simple problems. BTW: if you seal the rivets all over this mast with silicone glue or 4200 sealant, the boat will not turtle when you capsize. Having your mast fill with water means it cannot be righted by 2 people as usual. Also insspect the connectors- Stainless steel pins and good ringy-dingies. The rudders will probably not lock down properly, due to their rudder cams being worn or broken: obtain new rudder cam pins that screw together, so as to replace them easily
  3. As WayneMarlow states, all A-class cats weigh 75 kilos, and are actually pretty damn tough. See that <- thumbnail of my 1971 woodie A-cat flying with surface-piercing hydrofoils on it. I have sailed it without foils in the 40 mile Palatka-Jacksonville Mug Race in the St. Johns River with a smallish chute many times.... because the wind quits, then comes back on your stern after 4 hours---- I've finished 4th once, 6th a bunch of times vs all kinds of other bigger cats up to 30 ft. Every time I have to lift an A-cat, my back says- "Thank you very much!" And you run away from the nasty
  4. Muricans are good at writing letters, usually excuses these days. C'mon Lonesome Bruce ol' Buddy, holder & lone displayer of the Stars & Stripes.
  5. With your C-boards, SamC99us is being straight with you needing a deck sweeper, but you are some work away from being at the front of the fleet. Race to learn right now what is wrong/needs adjustment etc. There are a lot of ETCs. Mast Over-rotation isn't really needed anymore.
  6. Looks like great fun. Lots of new ideas here. My 1971 Cal Fuller wooden plywood A-cat with aluminum SP foils never broke yet. I guess Cal's epoxy plywood was pretty tough. (RIP Cal). OOps 18 years ago. See the thumbnail on foils...
  7. I loved the 3-fleet 16 competition racing (A,B,C) back in the day. Led to big biceps! This was way before modern, dramatically thickness-reduced mainsheet tapered lines, which really help mainsheet work in other hi-speed classes (A-class/ foilers).
  8. OK-- just put the correct hydrofoils on it. Done. The Hobie monocat was just WAY too heavy, fiberglass. IF CARBON HAD BEEN AVAILABLE? .......The new UFO would be longer. Ask Steve. who designed the new UFO. It would probably fly as well as my Cal Fuller wooden A-cat flying on SP foils in 2001. See my thumbnail????
  9. The Mug Race is tomorrow- the 38 mile drag race from (almost) Palatka to Jacksonville, and Bill will be there in spirit. How many times did I bust my butt to get far enough ahead of the RC30 to stay there to JAX with my chute up....uuuhh. Never happened. Bill & Eric would appear in little blotches, White & Green triangles against the sky, tacking the big cat thru the fleet of baby cats, then ease on by to disappear to weather, many times. Chris Cordes stayed ahead of them all the way few years ago on his tiny little stock A-cat in a drifter for the Mug! It was a LONG quiet after
  10. 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
  11. When you get really going fast, the humming is not your friend. Getting as close as possible to 1/32 radius sounds about right.
  12. A good friend and brother are selling their C&C 36, lying Tampa BAy YC. Owned many years, well cared for, sailed weekly in the bay. Hate to see her go. Been to Key West many times. dacarls@gmail.com
  13. Here are thumbnail pix of Cheetalope (Catnip wooden A-cat), Jackalope (Hobie 16) and Kangalope (Hobie18) flying on Lake Santa Fe, Florida. They never pitchpoled & never capsized. If you flew out of the water, the boat would come down, reattach, rise up and away you go again. Not really fast going hard upwind on foils but still above a beam reach, beam reach all day long, and downwind was fast and fun.
  14. This is a note about my participation with Dave Keiper in his last foiling experience on this planet. Keiper brought a Hobie18 to my home in Florida 20 years ago with this aluminum foil set. A long story: I fixed these foils by filing the hell out of them, because the sharp leading edges on his 008 struts split the water at speed, and his ClarkY lifters were incredibly draggy. My conclusion was this foil set was too small for the Hobie 18: it would lift onto foils then crash, in a 7 second cycle. Dave shipped cut foil sections of the same material but 10% larger, then, sadly departed the
  15. I acquired 4 Lasers 2 years ago (to add hydrofoils also teach sailing to newbies & kid relatives). 2 were free, $23, and $60 for the worst one from a yacht club. After learning Laser epoxy repair , I found that stock class-legal rigging is really crap. Changed to old Hobie blocks & light modern lines, bought cheap class-illegal sails with actual shape to foil with. But the kids learned just fine. Wet suit is absolutely required for cold water.
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