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 Post subject: Notes on Nordic sailing
PostPosted: Wed Jul 11, 2007 10:31 pm 
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Joined: Tue Jul 10, 2007 8:10 am
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Location: Stavanger, Norway
Hello forum friends,
I bought three Islands for Nordic sailing (along the west coast of Norway) with friends, and have so far made the following experience:

1. Weather helm
This definitely is a problem, and I am waiting for the new rudder.

2. Wet cockpit
Feet and bottom are constantly wet, and with water and air temperatures in the range of 15 degrees C (about 60 F) it makes the sailing season very short, and long journeys with "dry kayak" friends an envy. I am hoping a modified dodger would do the trick. Sailing with the the drainage plugs under the seat helps to get rid of the water, but does not prevent it from coming in.

3. Water inside the hull
After a four hours´ sail I have nearly one gallon of water inside the hull (I am not quite sure where all this water comes through), but this is a bit too much in my opinion. Any suggestions?

Apart from these minor gripes, the Island is great fun.

Erik :D

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PostPosted: Thu Jul 12, 2007 4:20 am 
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Joined: Fri Aug 04, 2006 4:48 pm
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Location: Virginia Beach, Va.
1. new rudder helps a bit adding a fin to the bottom of the rudder helps more.

2. I have been having good success with my sprayshield attempts but am still working on optimal design. This is my latest one, it looks to be a winner at stopping both spray/splash from the front and water rolling over the side of the cockpit. Once I get the shape perfected I plan to post results and a decent how to on this forum.


3. I usally get about a gallon in mine after 4 to 6 hours of heavy sailing. I agree it is too much.

PostPosted: Thu Jul 12, 2007 9:38 am 
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Location: Escondido
Erik wrote:
2. Wet cockpit Sailing with the the drainage plugs under the seat helps to get rid of the water, but does not prevent it from coming in.

Hi Erik and welcome to the forum.

If you put a little packaging tape across the front 2/3 of your seat scupper holes, it will siphon off any water in the seat area while moving forward. This may not keep your seat dry, but will keep you from sitting in water. 8)

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PostPosted: Sat Feb 21, 2009 9:10 am 
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Joined: Wed Sep 12, 2007 1:55 pm
Posts: 5
Hello! has anyone tried to mount a check valve the scupper holes in combination with tape over the scupper holes. Theoretically, it would be a perfect solution. No water comes in when you stand still. The water is sucked out while driving. :idea: :idea: :idea:


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PostPosted: Sat Feb 21, 2009 7:30 pm 
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Joined: Tue Jun 12, 2007 5:00 am
Posts: 66
Location: Jupiter Florida
I would love to sail my Island off the coast of Norway. I lived there as a teen. As I remember, the water stayed cool most of the year. The AI is a wet product. You can reduce the spray and water but you will never eliminate it. I would think a dry suit would be a must with a pair of dive boots and neoprene gloves. Then, think about getting the Dodger. The guys who have them seem to be happy. I fish from the Island (and need the open space) or I would get one. I'm envious, what a beautiful country you live in. I long to return. Have fun. 8)

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PostPosted: Tue Feb 24, 2009 7:41 am 
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Joined: Wed Nov 21, 2007 8:19 pm
Posts: 72
Location: Jackson Hole, Wyoming

Buried in a number of discussions here are threads of cold weather sailing. I recommend reading everything you can to get a number of tidbits of good ideas for these boats.

Some of the best ideas for cold weather sailing include:

- Using a dodger. Some swear by them, but I haven't yet tried one. I like having easy access to lines.
- A good Gortex drysuit is key. I recommend the Kokatat expedition one with attached booties and a hood. Although expensive, you'll end up using it year round in Norway.
- Neoprene booties 3 sizes bigger than your regular size over the dry suit's feet.
- Heavy duty neoprene gloves (NRS makes great ones).
- Heavy fleece pants and coats inside the suit. Warm socks. There's plenty of room for inside layering.
- One fellow here uses a Stearns cold weather coat with built in life preserver when things really get cold.
-A windproof fleece balaclava.
- Perhaps a skiing face mask of some kind?
- Try chemical hand and foot warmer packets.
-Bringing your boats to Hawaii and sailing there is the best cure! :wink:

These things will make a huge difference. A friend and I did a one week camping trip on Yellowstone Lake last year a week after the ice broke. We stayed warm and dry, and ended up often continuing to wear our drysuits while setting up camp and cooking.

Happy Trails!


And in the end,
the love you take,
is equal to the love,
you make...
--The Beatles

 Post subject: Hi need to speak to Erik
PostPosted: Thu Mar 19, 2009 11:56 am 
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Joined: Sun Mar 15, 2009 4:10 pm
Posts: 11
Location: Norway
Hi Erik
I live in Oslo, need to speak to you. I am just to buy a AI 2009 model. Can you give me your telephone number? Mine is 95779940.

Need to discuss with you...
or mail me at jan@alfasoft.no

Regards Jan

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