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    Towing a sailboat without a trailer license plate

    In Alabama we do not have plates on any boat trailers under a really heavy weight, not applicable for regatta trailerable boats, keel or dinghy. But I also use my trailer to haul other stuff. So, it does have a plate. Not worth the grief for the small yearly fee.
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    Towing a sailboat without a trailer license plate

    Ethan Bixby, then of North Sails, asked me to car-top his brand-new Contender to Florida after the CORK regatta in Kingston, Canada. My Contender was on a Florida tagged trailer. At the US border they asked for paperwork. Trailer OK. But he had imported from Germany his Contender and put it in...
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    Raider 2 Turbo Parts

    Hmmm/ Capsizing a Raider is very rare. The hull form is such that it can be at a really extreme heal and still come back up. Perhaps a hand on the main sheet, uncleated, would be wise. I have capsized twice in 10 + years in Raiders. Once in a downburst in the Mug Race; once while waiting for a...
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    Raider 2 Turbo Parts

    Congrats! That was the best deal I'd seen in a while. I was tempted, but you beat me to it. Dave Ellis
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    Raider 2 Turbo Parts

    My guess is that the slight bend is due to either being sailed with a loose jib halyard or using the boat with mainsail only. That's why I always added an actual jib stay to the (several) Raiders I've owned. They come with the mast supported only by the jib luff wire. A new Raider with still...
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    Raider 2 Turbo Parts

    Yep, I was bummed when the molds sold and then dropped from production. While never having a promotional budget, the boat's attributes spoke for themselves. I "cruised" the boats for fun, took others as crew, won the Florida Mug Race on handicap in 2018 and enjoyed toying with the rig. As for...
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    End-plate effect

    I fashioned a wishbone with Dacron perpendicular around the boom of my 1970 home-built A-Cat. I swear it made a difference upwind. But Alex Kazlof, the measurer, said I had to remove that much sail area from the mainsail. Sigh
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    Raider 2 Turbo Parts

    Yep, Mark Johannsen retired and sold the Raider molds. But the new owner never continued the project. Too bad, as it was a very good design. And I've sailed a LOT of dinghies! Doubt if there are any spares around. But it's an easy fix. Spread the crack out a bit, clean with a little acetone...
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    Declining fleets and memories of the boom years...

    In the late 1980s to mid 90s there was a regatta near Orlando, Florida at first called Red Lobster Cup and later Florida Citrus Sailfest. The final year, after Mr, Gardiner the organizer died, there were 748 boats. Only 25 were Optis. I was Race Officer for one of the five courses. That same...
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    Is 40 years experience a good thing? Age

    Only time in keelboats was teaching for Offshore Sailing School. 26 to 50 feet. Much prefer dinghies. Have had some success in Windmills, Flying Dutchman, Contender, IC, Laser. But borrowed a Melges 14 for the Sarasota Midwinters this year and ended mid fleet. In the races with a fairly...
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    Craigslist Finds

    Actually, that is Sailwriter in the picture. I have my eye on the Raider of the original designer, John Drawe. May be available in the Fall. And a lot closer to me than this boat. Meanwhile, doing just fine crewing for others on all kinds of boats.
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    The original North American Catamaran Racing Association

    In 1970 I built out of plywood an A Cat with a plumb bow and instead of a deck, the plywood meeting at a point near the bow. Sailed it out of Cabrillo Beach Yacht Club, Southern California. One time it was on the trailer and Tom Roland stopped and looked at the boat, especially the bow...
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    Craigslist Finds

    Sadly, the Trinka 8, 10 and 12 are no longer being built. Johannsen Boat Work's Mark Johannsen has retired. I delivered these 'Yacht Dinghies' all over the USA for a few years. When the shrink wrap came off there was always a delighted expression on the face of the new owner. His teak work was...
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    charleston race week

    Could it be argued that until the windward mark was rounded, the offset mark was not yet a mark of the course? Then when the windward mark WAS rounfed, the offset would be off to port. Yes, there was room to go between. The windward mark anchor rode was 75-feet long in 18 feet of water. The...
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    charleston race week

    Here is a question: The offset mark was to starboard of the windward mark, rather than the standard off to port, looking upwind. Marks left to port. What if a boat rounded the windward mark between it and the now misplaced offset and just took off downwind. Would it not have then left both...

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