I think you'll like sliding around in the Haka mode. High and dry. The view is outstanding.
You can always jump back in the seat when you want to take a cold bath.
You sure hit the nail on the head NOHUHU. The only downside of switching from haka to haka is the the momentary dip into the "cold bath". Although that may be a positive thing when summer gets into full swing.
What Nohuhu and Jim said!
Well I'm now a Haka convert.
Went out today in light winds (around 10 knots) and had such a great time. The thrill was very much like the first time I ever went AI sailing. What a difference the haka make. Great position -up high, a much drier ride and very comfortable. I experimented a bit with different positions and could actually see the AI's nose rise when I sat further back. Looking forward to testing it out more.
Steering by foot.
It's a bit hard to see but I'm standing on the haka in this shot.
I was only out for 2 hours but I'm sold... so next job make the second one and fit press studs for the cushions.
Oh... and a hiking stick is now a priority as well.
PS: Thanks Nohuhu and the other haka purists for their contributions in this thread. This has probably been the most significant and valuable mod I've adopted. The sailing is greatly improved and it should double as a camping platform very nicely. I can see huge potential with this and can't wait to try it out further!
PPS: I know it doesn't look anywhere near as beautiful as the fantastically crafted timber haka but it performed so well today that I'm prepared to cop any 'home maintenance/painting' jokes that may arise. It may not be pretty but it is functional!