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PostPosted: Sat Sep 26, 2009 8:43 am 
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I finally got out on a breezy day on my "new" AI (2008 Demo boat) for a real sail. I've been sailing small boats since I was 5, with lots of hours in 420's, Lasers, and Sunfish. I took my AI out to a nice 500 acre lake here in CT, and with the sun and fall colors out and whitecaps on the water, it looked to be a great day for sailing. Winds were about 20 kts, and I started out with the sail reefed a few turns. Man, does this boat sail move! I thought there would be some compromises in performance from the design, but it accelerates and runs like a sports car. I was amazed at the stability- in conditions where I'd be fighting to keep a Sunfish from capsizing, the AI is incredibly stable. I had zero concerns with capsizing, and sitting in a padded chair with fingertip control while flying a hull is a completely novel experience. When I hit a few waves and had huge amounts of spray flying in my face, I couldn't stop laughing!! It doesn't tack as well as a Laser (what does? ;-) but points pretty high. It could definitely benefit from a whisker pole for sailing downwind, but that would add to the complexity and hassle when jibing. When you add in the ease of car-topping and the overall versatility, I'm simply blown away... great job Hobie!


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PostPosted: Sun Sep 27, 2009 4:13 am 
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i 2nd the motion!!

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PostPosted: Sun Sep 27, 2009 6:37 am 
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Location: Perth,Western Australia
Sounds like you had a fantastic time, i hope to join the club shortly seems like i have been missing a lot of fun.


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PostPosted: Thu Oct 01, 2009 10:01 pm 
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Location: O'ahu,Hawaii
Howzit Puzman,
6 months owner and still grinning! Congrats and have fun. Cold up there yet?


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PostPosted: Fri Oct 02, 2009 5:50 am 
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Yes, it's getting cold! I think I'm going to need a wetsuit...


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PostPosted: Fri Oct 02, 2009 5:54 am 
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It is getting cold up here near Seattle and I would suggest a drysuit


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PostPosted: Tue Oct 06, 2009 5:44 am 
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Location: Saint Johns, Florida
My wife and I are also new AI owners. We both have a lot of experience sailing larger sailboats (our last sailboat was about 60 feet long and weighed 60,000 lbs).

The AI's are like sailing a little sports car. They respond to small puffs of wind and accelerate remarkably fast. We both love them but I am glad we are sailing in warm water because you can't stay dry if you get any wind.

We appreciate all the other AI owners on the Forum because without all the comments I'm not sure if we would have bought them.

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