- How easy is it to right after capsize if solo?
Really easy. Takes about 100 lbs. There is now a FAQ about righting you can read: http://www.hobiecat.com/community/viewtopic.php?t=1570
- Technique advice on blasting out through 2-5 waves if solo?
Watch the waves coming in. Normally there will be sets and lulls. You want to launch at the end of a set so that you are going out during the next lull. Launch the boat and hold at the bow till you are ready. I like to pull the stearns to weather or allow the bows to head down off the wind just as I hop on. Get it headed down enough that when you hop on (it will round up as you are getting the sheets and rudders set) that as it rounds up a little it doesn't get to high or head to wind. Also, by heading off a bit you get some speed and are able to steer right away even if the boat rounds up. Reach if possible, across the wind. If the wind is directly on shore, you will have to get speed up between the waves by heading down the beach and then rounding up into the waves. Just have to plan the take off. Don't sheet the main too hard before the rudders are fully down. Sheeting will cause the boat to round up into the wind and put heavy loads on the rudder system. Carefull about backing up over the rudders when a wave hits. The jib can help. Sheet the jib and keep the main a little looser to ease the rudder loads. You can actually steer the boat between the two sails. Sheet the main to round up. Sheet out the main and sheet the jib to round down. Somewhere in between is a better balance of power and control.
- How's performance with 300-325 lbs on it?
That is OK, Better with lighter weight. Tacking is tough if your crew is forward. Have them move back a bit when you tack.
- On the old forum I read lots about how small the jib is...still better than main only, right? Or not? Also...where is the "old forum"?
There is no "old" forum at Hobie Cat. You can view "all posts" or limit to a number of weeks back. Check the bottom of the page.
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