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  1. pics of the straps I installed on the Nomad
  2. i have a Vanguard Nomad that is probably similar in dimensions to your P185. I added hiking straps to my boat, and it really helps. I don't have any good photos of them, but I am taking my two kiddos sailing tomorrow, so I will get some photos soon for you. You can see them in back of this picture. They are set up to be adjustable, which is nice. They are also on a bungee take up to help keep them from falling down or laying against the seats. Its not the easiest set up for getting into the straps at the completion of a tack, but I've managed ok with it. The Nomad is ~8 feet wide with th
  3. I've always sailed with the mast in forward pin hole. The helm is balanced here. I have not tried the aft hole, as I think you would need to rake the mast too far forward to get the helm to balance. Raking this far forward would likely close the jib slot due to increased leech tension, as the fixed jib lead would now effectively be moved forward when you move the mast aft (with the aft hole). I used to design sails for North One Design in San Diego- including the sails for the Nomad. The sail designs are based on the mast set in the forward hole position. I love our Nomad- we bough
  4. Nomads are awesome, i've turbo'd mine because it is fun. I also love the Dead. The mast is super easy to raise, as it is pinned while down, then simply rotated up into the vertical position. One does not need to balance the rig in a vertical condition while trying to stand on the boat to set it into the step (like a 505, snipe...everything else). It is very easy to ramp launch. We ramp launch ours. I can do it myself unless it is windy/wavy- so it depends on the conditions. I sailed a Nomad for the first time while Team Racing in MA shortly after 6 boats were delivered to Anis
  5. thats cool! I had a 505 for awhile, Lindsay #7093.
  6. i designed the first 3Di Finn sails for ZR leading up to the 2012 games. Super fun project with some performance promise, however it was way stiffer compared to the established rolled cloth we were using in radial layouts. It was too drastic of a change, relative to how they sail the boats. The 3Di Finn sail also had such a different look to it (compared to the rolled cloth) when one was sailing. That was another hurdle for the sailor to get over, though it appears this matte-ish looking sail appearance is now the standard. We also built a one design sized mold bed (for 3DL in ~2009) tha
  7. We have a Vanguard Nomad and it might meet your needs. It is super stable- we have our 3yo & 5yo out sailing on it. It is a great platform for them to learn about boats. Here's a link to another, similar thread:
  8. JulianB - yes, exactly as you described. super simple. works pretty well, and no fussing about needing to cleat/uncleat the caps.
  9. I added upper diamonds to facilitate a MH asymmetrical kite. I used 3mm sk99 and pre-loaded similar to JulianB's suggestion. To allow for mast dynamics upwind, I automated the system with the spinnaker halyard so the uppers engage downwind, but go slack when sailing upwind. Boat is a Vanguard Nomad with an aluminum selden Gamma section. I have not reinforced the mast, but after using this set-up a few times, it would be a good idea.
  10. Steven Gay? awesome- great to re-connect! nice job finding a v15 to adventure in with the kiddos. Hope you are well! ...and yes, sounds like you do have a problem with a big fleet! I'm down to only 1 boat- which is quite nice. Where is 7093 now? do you still have it?
  11. ...I've finished my new jib (raced with it last weekend) and am also building an new main....#livingroomloft
  12. Now with a masthead kite for a little more fun!
  13. I went through this same decision process in the past year or so. I live in Davis, CA - right between SF Bay and Lake Tahoe....also have 2 young kids, 4 and 2- who I want to be comfortable on/around the water. Also used to own a 505, Snipe, etc. I picked up a Vanguard Nomad. For the kiddos it is awesome. Wide, open, stable and comfortable. We can sail in light air, with the kite up, shooting super soakers, eating pb+js and drinking a beer. In breeze, it picks up pretty well, and when we have a babysitter my wife (sailed at Tufts and we have raced Snipes together a bunch) and I can make i
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