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 Post subject: Bravo 2 person operation
PostPosted: Mon Oct 08, 2012 7:02 am 
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Just bought a Hobie Bravo- not much experience sailing a boat - but lots of windsuring experience. Sail with a partner - one of us on the Tiller and the other on the Sheet. Find that the sheet constantly interferes with Tiller - particularly when trying to uncleat - happens even when sailing solo - as if there is not sufficient clearance between tiller mechanism and sheet. Figure it must just be a technique issue. Can anyone help? Also advise generally on 2 person operation would be appreciated.


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PostPosted: Tue Oct 09, 2012 7:32 am 
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Welcome Gpyfrom,

While I'd agree that the cleat angle on the stock Bravo block leaves a bit to be desired, I don't find the mainsheet interfering with the tiller if I remember to keep it above the tiller when I tack or jibe. It's easy to let it get underneath until you get into a habit. I also find myself rarely using the cleat now unless I need a free hand for something. The sail size never strains my arm too much and if it was windy enough to do so, then cleating it would be a recipe for a swim in my bay where the wind is always finicky.

The Bravo is so small and thus so sensitive to the slightest changes in wind speeds and sheet & tiller adjustments, that I find it much easier for one person to run both the tiller and the mainsheet. I've tried handing the mainsheet to my wife, just for fun and to teach her the feel of where the sail should be in relationship to the wind, but it does get complicated quickly in such close quarters. However, if you are spreading the fun, have at it!

Just some observations from my first year as well.


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PostPosted: Tue Oct 09, 2012 8:21 am 
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Thank you - good to know I am not doing anything crazy wrong! Nothing that more time on the water will not resolve.


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PostPosted: Mon Jan 07, 2013 11:39 am 
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The cleating angle should be adjustable.


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