Ted Hall wrote:
I continue to be amazed by the "drive" ... It should have won some awards!
It has! After using it for 13 years I'm still totally impressed with it!
On deflation, wow, it stays pretty big ... I just put it in my trunk after hosing off, rather than trying to figure out how to squeeze it back into the bag ...
Maybe this will help: viewtopic.php?f=11&t=10666&hilit
With a little practice it becomes second nature.
But here's my big issue. I happened to have one of the Hobie sails from hard version (I use it with a decked canoe). So today, I rigged it as I guessed it should be on the i9 ... with 3 stays from mid-mast to the attachments on the boat. It looked good and was secure ... though I mistakenly gave it a little rake. But I could not sail with it. The boat just kept heading up because the CE of the sail was too far aft. And, the rudder seemed powerless to counteract. I stopped and re-adjusted the mast perfectly vertical (moving the CE forward). But I still had problems with uncontrollable rounding up. I'm wondering if perhaps the official sail for the inflatables has a different shape or size?? Or, is there some other adjustment I may be missing?? Or, do they just not sail.
You need a large sailing rudder. They used to use a slightly different version for the inflatables, so make sure you get the right one (no notch in front). If you can only get the notched version, you may have to trim it a little to clear the stern. Make sure your rudder is down and locked
-- use the jamb cleat provided.
Here's a review -- I think it sails fine... for an inflatable! viewtopic.php?p=56036#56036
The inflatable sail differs from the hard shell in that it is stayed and the mast is shorter (since it sits in the pocket rather than the sleeve), and folds into smaller sections. I also found that raking it forward reduced weather helm. Unfortunately the length of the boat and position of the sail make it impossible to balance the helm, but with the large rudder and raked mast it is manageable. Fortunately this is not much of a problem in light to moderate winds.
It's a great little boat and my favorite inflatable. I'm sure you'll get lots of enjoyment out from it!
PS: Are you using Turbofins? If not, they will really kick up the performance and improve the sailing experience as well. Since keeping the fins down serves as the daggerboard, the larger Turbos help the upwind performance somewhat.