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 Post subject: Sailing in CT
PostPosted: Tue Mar 16, 2010 8:48 am 
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Just looking for sailing people in SE CT. I have a Getaway, but really don't see any others around here!


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 Post subject: Re: Sailing in CT
PostPosted: Wed Mar 17, 2010 3:11 pm 
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Hi there. I'm in Cheshire CT (near waterbury) and I just bought a used Getaway late last summer. Only got out on it 2x before the weather got too cold. I sailed it in a lake near my house but quickly found out the lake it just too small for a getaway plus the launch was not condusive to a sailboat with raised mast. Launched it at the end of Palmerneck rd. in Stonington (I forget the name of the place) and sailed in Little Narraganset bay. That was the best. There's a little strip of sand (island) in the bay where you can drop off the kids and wife and take off sailing while they lounge on the beach and play in the water. My inlaws live in pawcatuck so I will be back many times this summer. I'd love to hook up with another Getaway sailor. Do you have any kids. I have 3 boys (2, 8 and 12).


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 Post subject: Re: Sailing in CT
PostPosted: Tue Mar 23, 2010 8:27 am 
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Hi,

I too am a relatively new Getaway sailor. Bought a used 2008 last Fall , sailed it many times during the Fall with the wife & kids & had a blast. So far all my sailing has been on fresh water lakes ( Lake Hayward in East Haddam) A great lake but for a Getaway it too gets small fast ( it's about 200 acres) I live in R.I. but right on the CT line near Stonington/Westerly. I plan on sailing the salt ponds and eventually working my way to Narragansett Bay and the area around Sandy Point. Great spots. Would enjoy hooking up with some other Getaway sailors from time to time.


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 Post subject: Re: Sailing in CT
PostPosted: Tue Mar 23, 2010 6:20 pm 
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Awesome, let's stay in touch. Hopefully it'll be an early Spring!


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 Post subject: Re: Sailing in CT
PostPosted: Thu May 27, 2010 11:56 am 
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Got out on the Getaway for the first time this season yesterday. Took the day off work and went out to Little Narraganset bay in Stonington. Launched out of Barn Island. Awesome day. 95 degrees at my house in Cheshire but about 85 near the water. Felt a little cooler once I got out on the water. Sailed solo since I couldn't find anyone on short notice to take the day off work with me and the kids are still in school. Took me about an hour to rig up for the first time this season. I made a conscious effort to get the main halyard through the pulley the right way before raising the mast but I still got it wrong and had to lower it again after I had removed all the stepping system rigging already. Also got to test out my home made motor mount for the first time. Works fine but the block that the motor clamps to tends to act as an anchor whenever a way passes under the boat and hits it. A wedge may help deflect the waves at least enough that I won't feel the resistance anymore. Based on the time back and forth between Barn Island Launch and Watch Hill yatch club, I think I was hitting about 12 knots. Felt like I was flying. Wish I had someone who could have taken a picture. Anyway, I made it around sandy pt on the inland side and over to Stonington Harbor and then over to the point that sticks out on the RI side (not sure the name). Sailed all the way up Pawcatuck river and had to motor out due to the head wind and not enough width to tac out. Sailed for about 4 hours before calling it a day. Can't wait to do it again. Have any of you guys in CT/RI been out yet?


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 Post subject: Re: Sailing in CT
PostPosted: Thu May 27, 2010 1:58 pm 
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UGh! May have a buyer for my Getaway....I hate to part with it. Many fond memories!


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 Post subject: Re: Sailing in CT
PostPosted: Sun Feb 13, 2011 4:40 pm 
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Bri or Rich - you guys still poke around in here ever? Been watching hobie videos and thinking about spring.


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 Post subject: Re: Sailing in CT
PostPosted: Mon Feb 14, 2011 6:00 am 
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Still around...but no boat.
Let me know if you're looking for ballast!

I'm down around waterford/old lyme.


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 Post subject: Re: Sailing in CT
PostPosted: Mon Feb 14, 2011 6:30 am 
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Bri

Ever flip your cat when you had it? Made it through my first season last summer without flipping but had a couple close calls. Figure I should practice in a controlled situation to make sure I know what I'm doing when it's really blowing and can right it solo.


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 Post subject: Re: Sailing in CT
PostPosted: Mon Feb 14, 2011 7:36 am 
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Yea, flipped a handful of times. I had the getaway, so it was very difficult to right solo in big winds. I had help from a powerboat two times before I could get it right. In calmer winds I could do it solo.
What cat do you have?


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 Post subject: Re: Sailing in CT
PostPosted: Mon Feb 14, 2011 10:09 am 
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I have the getaway. I have a righting bucket so hopefully I can use that to help me. I heard standing on the bow helps turn the boat the right way so the wind can get under the sails and help right it.


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 Post subject: Re: Sailing in CT
PostPosted: Tue Feb 22, 2011 11:26 am 
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Hi Brian,

Yes, still around.....didnt get out much last Fall like I had hoped. The snow is finally starting to melt away from the Getaway so I will look forward to getting back out again. I buily a new/better trailer over the winter that is almost complete.

Once we get closer to Spring we will have to try to meet at the Sandy Point launch before I eventually haul the Hobie to the lake.

Best Wishes for a fast & warm Spring


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 Post subject: Re: Sailing in CT
PostPosted: Sun Mar 06, 2011 2:01 pm 
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To righten the boat the most important thing is to turn it into the "power righting position". That is the wind hitting at 45 degrees from the bow towards the mast. I found out in the getaway it doesn't help much to stand on the bow... I usually have to physically swim the bow towards the correct position.

If you get to put it in the position, it should be very easy to righten the boat solo with high winds..... the more wind you have, the easier the boat will come up (that is if you were able to point the boat in the right direction, which is the most difficult part in high winds). I did a few tests in high winds and found out that even if you have 2 people is not worth trying to right the boat from the beginning. First have the two people turning the boat into the right position, and then start thinking about the righting line.


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 Post subject: Re: Sailing in CT
PostPosted: Tue Apr 19, 2011 4:42 am 
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Pulled my boat out of the fenced back yard yesterday (still covered). Spent the last couple weekends re-building my trailer suspension/axle. Broke a leaf last fall while putting it away for the winter and ended up bending the axle too. All fixed now. Bought new standing rigging for this year and a trap wire and harness. Can't wait for some warmer weather.


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 Post subject: Re: Sailing in CT
PostPosted: Tue Apr 19, 2011 4:48 am 
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Keith,

It wont be long now.....soon enough I'll start lacing the tramps back up.

You'll love the trap harness....even though I dont have one, I have hung off of others.

Hope to get together w/ ya in Lil Narragansett Bay soon


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