Thought you'ld like some company on the Hobie blog about outriggers. We just tried out the new outrigger I made for my friend's Outback. I'd already made one for my Hobie Sport and he was so impressed with it's performance that he talked me into making one for him. We launched the Outback in the Montreal canal on the St. Laurence River. First with just the outrigger; then with the 20 sqft Hobie sail and finally with a 3 sq meter windsurfing sail. It was the 13th of November and the water was cold and winds were 15-20 mph with higher gusts. We were alone with no rescue boats available so we sayed fairly close to shore. My friend Daniel took the pix and caught me flying the ama.
Too bad it was the last sail of the season in Montreal. We'll have to wait till next summer to race our Hobie Sport and Outback. A winter project will be making a leeboard for the Outback. Good sailing! Norman aka Punchinello
(Having trouble sending pix. I'll try later.)