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PostPosted: Sat Dec 20, 2014 1:52 am 
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It was only our 3rd sail so we are still learning although we are not new to sailing dinghies and cruisers. In light winds tacking was no problem. With the wind up at 15+kn and water quite choppy we could not tack, the boat stalled 'in irons' head to wind. This happened repeatedly. With a jib we'd have sheeted hard to bring the bow around, but with the mono we were stuck. Is there a technique to handle this problem?
We would appreciate any suggestions. Thanks.

PostPosted: Sat Dec 20, 2014 9:07 am 
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Simply pedal through tacks.

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PostPosted: Sat Dec 20, 2014 11:34 am 
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Yea the TI is not a true sailboat like a laser or sun fish. The best I can describe it is the boat is designed from the ground up around the mirage drive system. I suspect the sail system was specifically designed to work in unison with the mirage drives. A perfect example of this is the TI's poor pointing ability. Without peddling the best you can typically hope for is 45 degrees off the wind, however if you pedal with a nice easy cadence (something most can do continually for hours) you can get up to 30 degrees off the wind easily. Some of us have added jibs so we can get even closer to the wind (Hobie currently doesn't offer a jib option).
In light winds up to around 10-12 mph having the full sail out works best. However when you get much over that most of us start furling the main in. I typically furl one turn in 12 mph winds, then 2 turns in 15 mph winds. In much over that you have to keep furling more. In my experience on a stock TI if the wind gets over 20-25 mph then it's extremely difficult to make any headway up wind (as with most small sailboats). The TI is very long with the sail mounted very far forward, and has a teeny rudder. This makes tacking a little difficult without peddling thru the tacks (that's what most of us do and it's totally unique to the craft, there is literally nothing out there like it.
Like Matt Miller says there is no day you can't go out on an island, no wind it just doesn't matter you can always pedal, high winds you can keep furling the sail in as wind increases and use your mirage drive to get you thru the tacks.
If your coming from other sail craft you will start to appreciate the boomless furl able sail more and more, by learning to trim properly you will find the TI to be virtually impossible to capsize because you only have to show as much sail as the condititions demand, this is a huge advantage in my opinion, having come from a sunfish that I can't tell you how many times I capsized.
In my opinion it's one of the most versatile crafts on the market today and totally unique, truly the SUV of the industry.
Hope this helps

PostPosted: Sat Dec 20, 2014 1:19 pm 
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As fusioneng says, partially furling the sail as wind increases is a good idea. You will be surprised how effective the sail is even if half is wrapped around the mast, in stronger winds. BTW, I wouldn't agree with him that the Island is not a true sailboat. It is indeed quite possible to sail an Island without using the Miragedrive, but why not use it as it is at your disposal.

In stronger winds, I find myself pedalling like blazes to keep boatspeed up throughout the tack, even after applying the usual sailboat techniques of bearing away slightly to increase speed just before the tack, and if there are big enough waves, accelerating down the back of the wave into the tack.

And of course, if absolutely necessary, you can take the "easy way out", and once you are pointing straight into the wind, in irons, point the tiller in the opposite direction to where you want to go, and the hull will swing round pointing the nose in the direction of the new tack as you begin to move backwards. You might find this manouvre easier if you temporarily ease the mainsheet until the nose has gone across. This method won't win races, but that is not what Islands are designed for!

Tony Stott
2012 Tandem Island "SIC EM"

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