Been to Leeland a few times. Great sailing lake!
We are starting up a new vendor for Dodgers, so the quality will be reviewed before approved for sure. I suspect they will be much better as this vendor does a lot of stuff for us and builds a lot of sailing gear. I don't even know what kinds of products the other guys do. Cost will be reflected in that though!
Pins can be damaged before sailing and fail on the water, not likely failed from sailing itself. That is a concern when left without a rudder on the water, so practice with sail trim, partial to full furling, dagger position to help balance the sailing loads can assist in steering and even make it so you can sail without using a rudder.
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