Yes. (I'm 71 and 165 pounds.)Is UFO easy to right single-handed?
It's as easy as GraniteGuy says.If it turtles, which it will do fairly quickly, it's trickier. The issue is keeping your footing on the slippery hull while you're bringing it up from turtled to lying on its side.
I'm also 71 years old, 6' tall 145 lbs (66kg) and have had no trouble righting my UFO without any assistance even if turtled. I always wear thin booties which both help on slippery decks and prevent me from scraping the front/top of my ankles so much.Is UFO easy to right single-handed?
Once up on a time, like a long long time ago, I rented a Wave. It had a floating device on the top of the mast. The boat doesn't turtle. I learned that lesson well that day. I capsized and the wind took the boat away. I had to be saved. The second time - the very same day - I capsized I didn't let the boat go, but this round, after I righted the boat, it sailed away from me. I realized I had forgotten to unhook the mainsheet system from the sail clew before righting, so the boat just took off. The rescue folks were laughing at me. I also learned that as you right the Wave, you wanna end up in the middle of the hulls. I think every boat has its own bad habits.A warning in regard to the above discussions.
More than 95% of the time, it you separate from an upright boat it will "self park". Occasionally, the main sheet can snarl with the tiller (or other similar weird occurrence) allowing the unmanned boat to "sail off into the sunset". Been there, done that.
Do not let go of the mainsheet if you go overboard!
I've not owned a UFO but have owned a Weta. A comment about the Weta is that it's a great boat provided you have a place to keep it assembled, rigged and ready to sail. If so, getting the Weta on the water is about as simple as a Sunfish. However, if you have to trailer the Weta to the water each time you want to go sailing.....I want to upgrade from Sunfish. I want something fun. I am stuck between Weta and UFO. Both are awesome boats.
Are you trying to foil on the UFO on a lake in NH? If so, that could be part of the frustration. I have a UFO (there are three here actually) and we have fun foiling but it's not consistent due to the shifty lake winds. I'm thinking about sending the UFO to Cape Cod where we get some great wind.I, too, own both. If I had to give up one, it would be the UFO.
The Weta is both the highest performance boat I've owned (16 knots in a 14' boat with two aboard) and one of the most forgiving. I have really pushed it and haven't capsized in 12 years. It's fun in a huge range of conditions, from near drifting to maybe-I should-have-stayed-home. I'm comfortable sailing it alone in tough conditions, something I never would have done in my Hobie 16.
The UFO has been a challenge, frustrating at times, and I still struggle with foiling consistently after several years on it. I take it out only in a very narrow wind band because it's just plain dull in displacement mode and I am overpowered easily when the wind's even moderately strong. Others have become proficient in it quickly but I have not, and I have been sailing a long time in a wide range of boats.
The bottom line is that I'd recommend starting with the Weta if you want a high-performance boat that's fun solo or with up to two others, or starting with the UFO if you want a solo-only challenge. Both are remarkable boats and well worth owning.
Yeah, the rigging part...I've not owned a UFO but have owned a Weta. A comment about the Weta is that it's a great boat provided you have a place to keep it assembled, rigged and ready to sail. If so, getting the Weta on the water is about as simple as a Sunfish. However, if you have to trailer the Weta to the water each time you want to go sailing.....
Love this picture! I'm stealing it for my laptop's startup image.Hi all, just finalized a move to Portland, ME. I'll be bring the UFO up (from Buffalo/Cleveland) at some point this summer. Just putting up a flag in case anyone else active on here is in the area and/or is interested in getting together to learn about the boat. Just got it in December but had a very sucessful time picking things up doww in Savannah - big thanks to both Kelly and Dave. @GraniteGuy I might even have to come check out Lake Winnipesaukee, not too far a drive and I do love some fresh water. Picture from the Rally (proof of flight!). View attachment 581539
I whip every line! It's easy to do and stops the fraying and sloppy look. Keep it CLEAN AND NEAT!Question about finishing the ends of the shroud lines. I recently replaced them but using a barbecue lighter does melt the ends. How do you finish the ends. Really hate fraded lines even if they not mine. A bit OCD I guess.