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  1. Tell tails on the leach of the main is normal, you want to be able to see that the flow off the trailing edge is smooth, too turbulent and it's slowing you down by dragging on the sail. Tell tails near the leading edge of the foremost sail are to help you set and steer your course (you can see turbulence on the windward of leeward side of the leading edge, and you want smooth flow over both sides of the sails). You can put them everywhere on the sail to make sure the flow is good everywhere, but over decades the sailing community has settled on figuring out which few are the best indicators.
  2. @northwestern9 I'm watching this thread with interest because a few years ago I was the OP in a carbon copy of this thread when I was in the same position as you (that thread might still be around). Suffice it to say that I was suggested the contender, the IC, and the finn. At the time I went with an old contender out of Toronto, I raced against the fleet a few times in and can in all honesty say that the fleet members are incredibly welcoming and helpful. I had other reasons why the contender was chosen, but part of it was that there was a convenient boat in my budget range available. I will
  3. Valid option. Harder to find a boat and I think the closest fleet is Boston, but fun boat for sure (doesn't quite fit the trap requirements, but the seat is a whole different experience). Go for it! That's at the fleet's home club, so I'd expect a fair few competitors. Get in contact with the fleet, in the past they've been able to arrange loaner boats for people who want to try. If your budget is tight, but you're willing to travel and do some boat work, I might have a lead on a boat up near Montreal for you.
  4. Your local contender fleet is in Toronto. Look them up and give them a call, they are fairly active and really happy to support young sailors with advice and help getting to events. I raced in the fleet a few years back and had an absolute blast!
  5. Just go earlier in this thread, Dave talked about foiling gybes a number of times. I think there was a time he reported to have foiling tacked (though I don't think there was any video of it, there is of the gybes).
  6. You leave it there while sailing. Soak the progrip when you launch and it's slippery enough that you can push down the rudder and it'll just slide down.
  7. I had the chance to try a UFO on Sunday, Merde2 took the time to show me around the boat and let me go for a ride. I only had about 45 minutes of time to play in the prevailing 11-12 knot conditions, so my experience was reasonably limited. I'm 100kg, 197cm (6'5"ish), putting me at the heavier end of the spectrum. Most of my previous dinghy experience is in high performance boats, 29er, 49er, IC, etc. Here's what I found from my quick experience: Leaving the harbour was a deep reach, I left the main foil all the way up and put the rudder about half way down. This provided plenty of steera
  8. See the bottom of the page: http://www.fulcrumspeedworks.com/UFO/overview/
  9. MidPack, sorry, I meant "difficult" as in it would be difficult for somebody to sustain it. The motion itself is not terribly hard to figure out, certainly not as a reactionary action, seeing and anticipating wind variations takes a little bit of skill. But mostly the "difficult" I'm trying to refer to (and I realize re-reading my post that I could have pointed this out) is that it's actually possible to make the sheeting motion very efficient while still being quick, but figuring out the motion and how to pull for that efficiency is difficult (lots of trial and error). If you learn to do the
  10. The sheeting is an acquired skill, but by no means is it difficult. If you're worried about trying to learn it on your own in a laser or other single-hander, try it in a double-handed boat. Have the skipper steer a straight course from the tell-tales and you can sheet, ideally keeping the boat flet so nobody has to move their weight for an entire beat. Same idea on a laser, UFO, IC, etc, you just also have to think about steering.
  11. Dave posed about the rudder foil earlier, and I think there's something on the website about it (so for a direct quote you might have to go searching back a bit). From memory, the rudder's horizontal foil is fixed relative to the vertical, but the angle of the rudder can be adjusted as a set-and-forget adjustment, something you adjust on land (maybe it's adjustable on the water? Dave?). But it's not a twist-grip adjustment if that's what you're asking about.
  12. Tink, I think your designs have some effort put into them, that much is clear. But, as you are aware, we're discussing vastly different products between the proas you've designed and the UFO which is the topic of this thread. While you might not intend it, many of your comments come off as attacking the design (this may relate back to your first post and the criticisms levelled there), don't be surprised when the UFO supporters come back and critique your proa designs. Dave, all the attention looks fantastic. How are you going to choose what to sail? The amazing UFO or an IC?
  13. The UFO's looks are different from most boats people will have seen before. A hard-decked catamaran, but it's so small compared to most boats that it's going to look different, I think it might just take a bit to adjust to how it looks. I can see a photo of a traditional monohull and imagine it in almost 3D space, but I find it hard to "picture" the UFO the same way without having seen it.
  14. You've missed a lot going on in here, haven't you? The booms do a few things, in particular both boats went for them as it allowed the design to drop the vang and the insane loads associated with them on moths. If you think that the wishbone is making 30% of the sail useless then you ought to look at windsurfing sails, most of the drive in those is from the area of the wishbone. So, the elimination of the vang, reduction of shrouds on impact path, and generally simplification of the rig and associated systems (go look around at photos and videos of the UFO especially, but also the wasz
  15. See 4:24-5:20 of the video? But in reality Dave mentioned elsewhere that he had managed a foiling gybe in the boat. Don't know if he's consistent doing it or not though.
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