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I inherited a Patin from a dear friend, but it was in Wisconsin. My buddy happened to be driving through there and brought it back with him, but somehow it's now his. That's okay I guess, as I get to sail it every once in a while and that's all I wanted. I used to see the boat in Wisconsin and think it was a bit nuts. I didn't understand it. Seeing one sail is something. The rig is a tweaker's dream and they go amazingly fast. 

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   So I am thinking it's about time the Olympics reinstated a multihull into the competition and the additional expertise involved in getting the most out of this boat, level of physical agility and minimal cost compared to the wonderful but excluded Tornado make the Patin an awesome candidate.

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2 hours ago, BeatmongerZ said:

Can anyone break down how this steering works? 

Head up = weight back +tighten sail

Fall off = weight forward + ease

or is it the opposite and you can only jibe? :p

For any kind of weight shift steering moving forward on the boat -> CLR is further forward compared to CE -> boat heads up

Move back -> CLR moves behind CE -> boat falls off.

There was an article in Wooden Boat about these years ago. From what I recall there's some ability in the shrouds to rake the mast some while you're sailing, which would move the CE as well.

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On 11/20/2021 at 4:42 AM, Russell Brown said:

 

I inherited a Patin from a dear friend, but it was in Wisconsin. My buddy happened to be driving through there and brought it back with him, but somehow it's now his. That's okay I guess, as I get to sail it every once in a while and that's all I wanted. I used to see the boat in Wisconsin and think it was a bit nuts. I didn't understand it. Seeing one sail is something. The rig is a tweaker's dream and they go amazingly fast. 

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Ah the green patin! I somehow got roped into driving through Washington Island, WI with Simon and Barto to pick her up on my way back west from Miami. Was really fun to sail those few times back in PT. 

There's a Patin club just down the coast from us in Belgium as that is quite active but the guys in Barcelona are really dialed in. We had an overlapping N17 event one year and I remember watching a group short tack out the entrance of the Olympic harbor when it was closing out 3-4 metre swell that even coach boats were struggling to navigate. Of course we were held onshore for safety..

 

(The van is for sale by the way)

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