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PostPosted: Fri Jun 29, 2007 7:20 am 
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Took my new sails up to the beach, rigged her up, peddled out, got hit with a 15+ kt puff, SPLASH. I'm a pretty good sailor and a stout fellow and I finally got her righted, headed of on a nice broad reach only to get hit again with the same results. It was then that I realized that there is no way to really shift weight and in any air at all there is no use for a cleat! After fooling around a bit and feeling it out I really had a blast. The side kicks would be a must in anything over 10-12. A couple of blocks as well are needed. Got to remember it's not a sailboat !!!


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PostPosted: Fri Jun 29, 2007 10:18 pm 
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Congratulations on your inaugural kayak sailing adventure! Kayak sailing is a bit different -- everything happens very quickly!

Yes, a couple of blocks will help a lot. There are some pics of different rigging methods on the site if you care to look. With a little practice you can actually shift your weight quite a bit, and it makes a lot of difference.

It's more successful if you take your feet out of the pedals and push against the opposite side of the cockpit as you "hang" (your arm) over the side! It also helps you keep from getting tossed around if the boat heals suddenly.

With a little practice and some improved sheeting gear, you'll be able to handle up to 15 kts with no problems.

But if you get the Sidekick, then all you'll need is a cleat. 8)


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PostPosted: Sat Jun 30, 2007 9:31 am 
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Gonna work on the rigging a bit before buying the floaties. The sail just adds to the "hoot factor". Glad I figured out righting in warm water!


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PostPosted: Sat Jun 30, 2007 11:51 am 
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My first time sailing the Revo I almost dumped due to a slow response time of the mainsheet trying to slide thru the aft eye. After redoing the rigging, sheeting and unsheeting the sail was so much quicker and easier that I've been able to stay upright in gusty conditions with wind shifts. Here is a link to the forum that shows what I did: http://www.hobiecat.com/community/viewtopic.php?t=7065

I recently installed the Sidekick Amas and they kept me from flipping in extreme conditions- 30 mph gusts. The wind was strong enough to bend the mast. I managed to straighten it out and then inserted an oak dowel for reinforcement. The boat gets overpowered in strong winds but I was having fun.


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PostPosted: Sat Jun 30, 2007 2:39 pm 
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2nd go out, much better. No splash, had some good runs. Put 1 block aft and will put another along with a clam cleat. Reminds you of sailing an unstable dingy, will keep you on your toes. Running off wind with a little paddle assist pushes along quite well. By the way this was with ST fins and sailing rudder.
Great fun!!


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