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  1. The "best" place would be as close to the center of mass as possible. That will dampen or at least not increase the rocking and pitching moment. That being said, some more modern classes, like the ISSA require the weight to be distributed so the boat passes a "swing" test where when the boat is swung or twisted while suspended maintains a certain amount of momentum. I can't remember the physics but if a good percentage of the weight is centralized, the boat will not swing or spin as much as it would with the weight spread out. Many put the weight at the base of the mast because it is easy
  2. The problem I have with "soccer" parents, hopefully I wasn't one of the bad ones, is that they forget that the elite stars of any sport are very rare and truly special. 99.9% of children that start a sports program will never make it to the top of a sport. Coaches to as much as they can. In the end, it is up to the participant to perform at their best. If they have given it their best, there isn't much you can say other than they at least stepped up instead of sitting in front of the TV turning their brain to mush. Parents need to stop living their dreams through their children. I love the sig
  3. I've been hit by gusts over 60 knots in my Swift and a 505. I was lucky enough to be in very deep water so I just sat on the windward side of the upturned hull. Otherwise the wind would get under the deck and send the boat into cartwheels down the lake. It was far too windy to even think of bringing the boat up and make an attempt to lower the sails. The best is to hang on, keep the boat upside down and ride it out. Inland, winds like these are short lived and it is far easier for someone to find your boat than you. I had one time, I watched a catamaran do cartwheels down the lake then a few
  4. I have never had seasickness on a dinghy. For me, I have to be below deck on a leadmine where the air is stale and I can't see the horizon. Working with my head low bakes it worse. Sometimes I can clear it by looking out windows. If someone else looses it, all bets are off and I'm joining in.
  5. A picture of where they are could help a lot. If they are on either side of the mast and especially if there isn't a tube in the bow ahead of the forestay, they are probably for the spinnaker.
  6. Narrow beam will go through chop faster. I know that between the Muston Performance Skiff and the Swift Solo, the narrower Musto with it's hard chines frees the water faster than the curved wings of the Swift where the water tends to go up the hull all the way to the gunwales. A Laser will just be faster than a Sunfish for many more reasons than just hull shape. I'm sure the choice of other boats at other clubs has more to do with preferences of craft than speed through the waves. Likes tend to attract like. What makes an even bigger difference is the person with the wiggly thing in his hand.
  7. We still use a lot of Dyneema. Some have changed out rod rigging for Dyneema. The recommendation is to change it out frequently but I've been running the same rigging since my boat first hit the water. I store my spars inside and don't set my boat up in a boat yard for the season so there is very little exposure to the sun. Vectran is also being used by some. The nice thing is that either one doesn't require much more than a splicing fid/wand to rig the boat so you don't need a lot of special tools/fittings. My $0.02 worth what you paid for it.
  8. My preference are split toe surfing booties. They don't roll, are soft so I can curl my toes around deck fittings or the rail to get extra grip and tend to slip less than anything else I've used.
  9. I've seen everywhere from boredom to off the scale. At 80+knots, I have to sit on the upwind, wing to keep my Swift turtled. The cats tend to tumble down the lake no matter what you do. Not a pretty sight afterwards. Seen 80+ a couple times in a leadmine as well. Took a knockdown with bare poles once. A bit concerning.
  10. We have a similar issue with the Swift masts. A couple things, everyone has had issues with the track. Over time, the PVC hardens and starts to crack and we have had issues with the lamination failing. I haven't had the track open up and let the bolt rope pull out though. We generally hoist with a lot of halyard tension to take the stress off the track at the tip of the mast. Too much tension on the battens will put extra stress on the track. I'd only tension them until the vertical wrinkles are removed. Most of the sail shape comes from the mast bend, not from the battens. They are there to s
  11. What's on my mind? Absolutely nothing. :D

  12. On the up side, collar bones heal very well and ofthen without need for surgery. I've been told that broken collar bones are the most common injury for children and that they heal by themselves quickly. It doesn't change the fact that it sucks big time when you get winnged. My son broke his playing soccer and then I had to put up with a rabbid soccer player that couldn't play for six months. I think my hell was worse than his. Best of luck on a speedy recovery. I've done the 0 mph roll before but so far it has been into bushes and flower beds.
  13. Not that I have a dog in the show because I don't, but I thought the prefailing thought was to build wave piercing bows so that you went through the wave very easily instead of traveling the extra distance up and over the wave as well as the added drag of having so much energy being spent lifting the boat over the wave. Then your biggest drag will be the hardware on the deck, easily dealt with, and then the plank.
  14. OK how about some real R&D testing. Make several similar boats and try out a few of the discussed ideas. Find out what is really happening and let everyone know. Then the resulting hulls could be sold to people who want in on the DC life and you pay for your R&D as well as grow the class. Once you have it all sorted out, sell kits.
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