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PostPosted: Sun Apr 05, 2015 11:21 pm 
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Picked up my new AI 4 days ago. Have been out twice since then and I am very impressed. I won't go and give a detailed review, as Yakass has done a brilliant job of that.
But I must say that the seat is super comfy. The cut in the sail allows you to see much better and no ducking to tack anymore. As far as speed goes, the new AI is noticeably faster in all cases with the exception of running straight down wind. The ride is higher and drier and smoother. So far pushing it downwind I didn't bury the nose, where the older AI right beside me did.
What a brilliant BEAST.
Did just a couple of easy mods, as shown in the photos. Lined the front hatch with thin closed cell foam to stop things bouncing around. Changed the control lines as I did with my old AI. Then added Kayaking Bob's Spray Skirts.
So far I am very impressed.
Here is a short youtube video. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wAvoUDXp6bI
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PostPosted: Mon Apr 06, 2015 4:11 am 
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Nice post. Good pictures, video. Thanks.

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PostPosted: Mon Apr 06, 2015 5:15 am 
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That foam in the front hatch is a great idea. Did you attach it in some way ?

Did you change to wide angle fairleads just for sailing from Hakas ?

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PostPosted: Mon Apr 06, 2015 10:38 am 
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Buckaroo wrote:
That foam in the front hatch is a great idea. Did you attach it in some way ?

Attached it with just a few blobs of marine sealant to stop it moving.

Did you change to wide angle fairleads just for sailing from Hakas ?

Changed to keep the controls close at hand and to keep the furling line away from my feet.
It was the only double cleat I could find.

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PostPosted: Mon Apr 06, 2015 10:42 am 
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Where'd you find the blue closed-cell foam? Goes great with the Dune!


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PostPosted: Mon Apr 06, 2015 11:59 am 
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scc wrote:
Where'd you find the blue closed-cell foam? Goes great with the Dune!


It's just a cheap sleeping mat for camping. Bought it at Clarke Rubber.
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PostPosted: Mon Apr 06, 2015 3:19 pm 
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KMart has 12mm closed cell foam yoga mats for $12 I believe.

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PostPosted: Mon Apr 06, 2015 6:29 pm 
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tonystott wrote:
KMart has 12mm closed cell foam yoga mats for $12 I believe.


Yeah I saw those. They were too narrow and wouldn't go up the sides of the hull enough.


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I like the alteration to the mainsheet jam cleat. What did you use? I'm also wondering what is the material that is between the bigger jam cleat you installed and the original jam cleat and what is its function?


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PostPosted: Tue Apr 07, 2015 10:41 pm 
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I like the alteration to the mainsheet jam cleat. What did you use? I'm also wondering what is the material that is between the bigger jam cleat you installed and the original jam cleat and what is its function?


The cam cleat is a laser cam cleat. It is used for the main sheet and furling line. I made an aluminium plate for it to sit on. (Added strength)
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PostPosted: Wed Apr 08, 2015 12:12 am 
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thank you!


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