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PostPosted: Tue Dec 24, 2013 8:06 pm 
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Ok, so my son and I are having a blast learning how to sail the Tiger and need help with trapezing. What's the best step-by-step process for the captain to get out on the trapeze? I assume you lengthen the hiking stick first, but do you extend it all the way, and then do you reach back to the tip before getting out? Whenever I try to get out there I end up jerking the hiking stick and rudders around in the process. How do you make a smooth transition?

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PostPosted: Tue Dec 24, 2013 10:11 pm 
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Takes practice. If I'm going out on the wire for the first time, usually I'll unlock the hotstick and let it extend as I stand back onto the wire, so I never move my hand on the stick. If I'm coming out of a tack, generally the stick would already be extended, so just slide my hand along it as I stand out. I find that I am constantly making small adjustments to the hotstick length as I'm sailing. I prefer to have the very end of the tiller in the palm of my hand, so if I step forward or back or make any other slight change of position, I will adjust the length.

The most important thing is to be looking at where you're going and looking at the wind coming down on you. If you are looking down at your tiller, mainsheet, or hands, your steering will be all over the place. Also make the transition on or off the wire as quick as possible. Trust the wire and harness to support you. Many people new to the trap have a lot of trouble with this and want to hang on the trap handle or have other issues trusting the harness to support them. If you're having trouble with trapping in general, get comfortable trapping from the crew position before transitioning to skippering from the wire.

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PostPosted: Wed Dec 25, 2013 3:10 am 
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If your son is already in the trapeze give him the mainsheet
when i go out on the wire ,when i push myself away from the boat i unlock the hotstick at the same tim when i,m streched out i lock it ,and make some litle adjustments ,mostly i held the end of the joystick in my hands
When you hanging out your son can give the end of the main back so you can adjust the traveller
Mainsheeting upwind is for the crew

When i bought the Wildcat there was a long and light A cat yoystick with it ,so no more adjustments anymore

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PostPosted: Wed Dec 25, 2013 1:36 pm 
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Thanks guys, you've given me some things that I'm anxious to try.

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PostPosted: Fri Dec 27, 2013 1:36 am 
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Mark,
Glad to hear you are having fun on the Tiger! it's been a great boat for me so far.
Let me add a few things here.
I use the non adjustable trap wire with dog bones and here's the reason. Most of the time you don't have time to screw around with the adjustable trapeze so, I pre adjust the lower loop of the dog bone to be the same height as the deck when you pull down on it. That way when the water is flat or you need to get out and low I use the lower dog bone and if it's choppy or light I use the upper dog bone loop so your butt isn't dragging in the water.
If you are beginning, use the upper loop because getting out on the wire while in the lower dog bone can be a little hairy as you really drop off the side to get your weight on the wire so you can push off and out.
Have you watched any of the Rick White videos? they are basic but have some great stuff on trapezing. There is a French video, I think it's called "Catamaran". There is some excellent video on it and both are well worth watching.
Lastly there is a youtube video of a father and son on a NACRA Infusion hoisting the spinnaker for the first time and the son goes out on the trapeze to fly the chute. Very well done with explanation and steps for hoisting and dousing. search for "first spinnaker launch with my dad" its 14 minutes long.


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PostPosted: Sat Feb 01, 2014 4:43 am 
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One more tip is to go ahead and bear away a little while going out to get a little more power to going along with your extra RM.

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