Questions: (1) I thought I'd been reading that the rear seat was favored for solo-sailing. The video looked like you were in front - do you prefer the forward seat? Have you found there are conditions when one position is better than the other? Gee, did I miss an alternate thread on this topic?
I was going to try both seats, but when I moved to the rear seat, I could not reliably cleat the reefing line, and the conditions required often changing of the reefing . I was NOT willing to allow Murphy to un-cleat the reefing line at the most un-opportune time,
so I moved back. I may look at adding an additional cleat for the reefing line on the rear aka x-brace for the rear seat solo sailing. I do like the front seat, but I was burying the bow often.
(2) I have a set of your AI sprayskirts - and I see you've fitted your TI with a set. Do the AI skirts transfer to the TI, do they need a lot of modification, or should I start planning/sewing a new set?
I did have to re-tool for the TI sprayskirt, as it's about 6" shorter than the AI one. I've made a couple so far, and it works well. The TI is very dry under 6mph, but much wetter than an AI above 6mph. The bow wave kicks up and hits the front aka knuckle and splashes everywhere without a sprayskirt. In the videos, if you notice, the camera was not getting splashed (nor I).
Also, both rear aka in the wind waves, kept disconnecting and trying to separate from the x-bar. If it wasn't for the spectra line leashes I made, I would have been in trouble, many times. Matt, how's the fix coming?
Joanie, it's terrible what's happening in the gulf, and we'll all be feeling it for years to come in higher costs of food, and destroyed habitat and damaged beautiful areas. Sad
- - - - - Hobie Island Sailing since 2006 - - - - - 2011 & 2012 Hobie AIs and a 2012 TI