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    Steve and Dave Clarks Unidentified Foiling Object

    I had to laugh reading the exchanges about recovering from windward semi-capsizes. Basically, if you want to get out of a windward roll without swimming, you have to submit to a few moments of waterboarding. Its unpleasant, but as previous administrations have pointed out, it doesn't kill...
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    Buying an old moth, a Bladerider. Mistake or not?

    Sounds like you are figuring a lot of this out on your own...its hard work.   But you have a taste of the rewards, and its hard to stop!   One thing that I have not seen mentioned, is that if you are consistently bow up or bow down at low speeds, the first thing to adjust is where you are...
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    Skeeta and Nikki foiling, who's out there?

    Looks like a great setup.   But the boat looks very dry....time to get it wet!
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    Steve and Dave Clarks Unidentified Foiling Object

    Sailkote will really help the sail, and as others have said, ensure your side stay tension is all the way off and you are pulling from the aft side of the boat.   This bends the mast and helps it match the cut of the sail.   When the sail is new, it is difficult, as the bolt rope hasn't...
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    Steve and Dave Clarks Unidentified Foiling Object

    The nylon rudder bolt is a minor improvement at best.   I'd hesitate to use steel, as it would mark up the rudder shaft.   The cam operated stops that are on the Skeeta rudder and main foil look ideal, although I have not used them myself.    Plexus is an industrial adhesive designed for...
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    Steve and Dave Clarks Unidentified Foiling Object

    Yep,  that looks like the hole.   Several owners of early boats (including me) drilled our own rudderheads and tapped them with 1/4-20 threads.   You can find a nylon 1/4-20 bolt at most local hardware stores.   Or you can get one from Fulcrum.   Its nice if you find one with a knurrled head...
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    Buying an old moth, a Bladerider. Mistake or not?

    Matt: Good luck on your foiling adventure!   I think you made a good decision going with the Mach 2.   I haven't sailed a Bladerider, but there are a lot of Mach 2's out there, being actively sailed so when you have setup or technique questions, there will be many folks that can answer them. ...
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    Skeeta and Nikki foiling, who's out there?

    Twnpipe, GrandpaTime:  Any updates?  Haven't heard from either of you in a few months.  Anyone else take delivery of a Skeeta?   Please share your experiences!   
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    Steve and Dave Clarks Unidentified Foiling Object

    Royjoyinc: As relatively early UFO owners/sailor (hull 93) I understand some of your frustrations .   My first recommendation is to begin the conversations by asking for help, not introduce yourself by complaining about the boat, the company, or the person that manufactured it.   The boat is...
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    Steve and Dave Clarks Unidentified Foiling Object

    If you could find a way to put it on the other car (Austin Healy?), you'd be arriving in real style!
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    Sailing Upwind in a Walker Bay

    We have a Walker Bay 10 and I was prepared to be horrified at its sailing performance.   However, I have to say that it sails surprisingly well.   I suspect you have the sheet in too tight and you are stalling the boat.   bear off and get some speed.   Slowly head up and trim the main as you...
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    Multipurpose trailer for Aero

    I haven't owned them, but I have seen a lot of club and team trailers using the Seitech components to build racks for small sailboats, both on their dollies or directly on the rack upside down.   Dynamic has replaced the Seitech brand, so I assume their products would be equivalent (or likely...
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    Moth boat work: how much and what kind?

    I have a good friend with a Moth which I sail periodically, and I've attended events in my UFO that also had a Moth class sailing.  From that perspective, I can tell you that sailing a Mach 2 or Exocet Moth involves a fair amount of boatwork, both lines and glass/carbon.   These are really light...
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    Laser rig/derig shortcuts

    Assuming you are sailing at a club with other Lasers, take a look at who is on the water first, and who is packed up first then look at how they have their boat rigged up.  I've never met a Laser sailor that didn't want to show off their slick rigging/derigging tricks.   For such a simple boat...
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    Skeeta and Nikki foiling, who's out there?

    I love the creative application of the paddle as a sea anchor and actual anchor.  Very clever.   Looks like you are well on your way to getting the boat sorted.  In my experience all of these lower volume boats need some owner adjusting to make rigging and sailing them easy and fast.   So far...
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