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  1. Hi Galatic, you are getting good info here. You can see the first DNAs with Z boards here in the USA on this video: https://vimeopro.com/user4716395/kettle-cinema/video/128902743. Look for the ones with the orange / black deck padding. There were the Gunboat DNAs and were the best foilers at the time as you can see if you watch through it and look at how they are sailing such as Bruce on his. I think they were 2014s and suspect your 2013 was modded to be like these. Good luck in your decision. The boats sail really nicely in lighter airs.
  2. Agreed. The DNA Zs are good and glad to hear of the upgraded rudders. I think the boat should work for you.
  3. I tried a double braid poly on my main halyard when I needed to quickly replace a worn aramid-cored halyard and was never happy with the switch. It stretched too much for my liking. I upgraded to a new dyneema-cored halyard and have felt my sail shape really improved. My boat is a C&C 36, not a sport boat or particularly technical boat.
  4. They are awesome. All the A Class catamarans use them with a hull cradle on each side. Rolls well on pavement, beaches, grass, mud etc. Float nicely and stay in touch with the boat in the water There is a European maker with Euro Trax too if I remember the name right but will be harder to get In the US. Both work well.
  5. It was amazing how much the decksweeper main helped on the small catamarans. I've been wanting to try this on my keelboat but would make the foot shorter and not go over the companionway. Keep it more comfortable to use. I would like to try a tacking one that had some shape in it but maybe that is silly given the straight boom that messes these up compared to boomless or curved boom options.
  6. good question. It does but I have never used it and am missing the car for the deck. I wonder how much that would help get some shape. I have heard they really aren't a pleasure when tacking the boat.
  7. lots of backwinding on a main on my C&C 36 on a windy day where the main is eased to trim to angle of heel. You can also see how little this mast bends with backstay tension.
  8. Yes, they are good photos. Thank you @climenuts. @JPD, so you have chosen not to run a 150 or 155 and instead use a smaller overlapping headsail in light air? Or move to the 140 as a number 2 in light / medium? It's interesting the compromise the main lives with on a keelboat with a fairly large and stiff mast. The pics above show a draft that is behind 50% I think. I have a C&C too by the way. Will see if I can get some photos this weekend.
  9. Responses from excellent folks so far, thanks. @climenuts, I can't see the pics you have attached. Just large white space with a question mark. Would very much like to check out. @blunted I've been thinking slot is everything too and that kind of thinking is what is pushing me to go very flat on the next main even for the light air lake I sail on but I know got a ribbon main on this boat with main sail foot under 12 feet and jib often with a foot of 24 feet on a J dimension of 15 feet. My other boat is an A-Class catamaran and adjusting the mast rotation and other controls to keep flow
  10. @JPD Your Ranger looks great and well trimmed. Thank you for the post. I sail in light air and flat water often as well. How do you avoid substantial backwinding in a main with depth like that?
  11. Pics preferred but not required. What have people found is best for boats that regularly sail with overlapping headsails? Rounded main with lots of shape for other points of sail - live with the bubble upwind - or flat main that minimizes backwinding upwind and relies on the kite or jib to power the boat up enough downwind / reaching? Think 70s / 80s keelboats. Boats like this have stiff masts that are not very tunable to adjust main draft.
  12. I suspect many sailors existing harnesses also don’t comply with the weight rules that caused protests and place changes at the recent Olympics where the harness is soaked, let to hang for a short period of time, and then weighed. Must be less than 2 kg which seems tight already and will get tighter still with this change. I watched a friend have his safety quick release come off while sitting on the tramp. Harness was then unusable until he sailed in and ordered replacement parts. Not a fan of any of these newer rules.
  13. amazing footage @flyinggorilla!
  14. Would love to read a run down on all the designs at the event, their design intent, and what they have seen in real performance. Many variables in the moth and some are making it work very well overall. The solid wings with some investing heavily in aero there are interesting. I wonder how much they could contribute and what has been realized.
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