Hello, We just took delivery of our TI. I justified the purchase when my wife turned down a diamond ring for a ten year wedding anniversary present! I set it up in the backyard for the surprise. I have an intro/semi shakedown date tentatively setup this week where we will ditch work and meet and launch the kayak so I can show her what I learned from the demo day I went to a few weeks back. I was blown away with the mirage drive and hopefully she will be too. We will most likely not sail it at this time but rather go for a nice peddle together and keep it simple.
Still working through my checklist of things I want to accomplish related to our new craft but thought an intro is appropriate.
Some of my initial focus is on proper storage of it when its not in use and I am having a bear of a time finding PE foam to form contour boards out of to rest it on. This was my first material of choice since I am familiar with it but if anyone has a better suggestion please reply. I bought the TI cradle set that is used on the trailer and thought that it would be a great way to backward engineer the hull shape into some padded dagger boards for support. I am finding that its not quite that easy since the bottom sort of varies. I have it resting on the cradles with about 24mm of neoprene between it and the hull. Seems to be a good temporary solution.
The real use of these will be in the form of a custom roof rack for my truck. Time permitting this will occur sooner rather than later and will increase our number of areas to launch from. I have a couple of good ideas but need to do a bit of fabrication to get there, until then we will hoof it to the beach access. This is one of the reason to not sail her just yet as I want to keep the load light and manageable and there is a lot of unpleasant material out there for hull deformations and other horrors about wheeling it around.
I seem to be one of the folks with improperly formed Amas, as they are not symetrical and have a uncomfortable amount of bow to them. I ran this by the dealer and they are interested in seeing it and asked for pictures. Its a hard thing to get a picture of I am finding so I will probably take them down to show them in person since its quite obvious when you look at them. I have been trying to find out how much non-symetry is normal or expected but havent had any luck yet. From what I read here, thus far, I am assuming that I will ultimately be happy with the resolution or outcome but I have some steps to go through to get there.
I was surprised at how "loose" the two mast pieces fit together as one freely spins when they are attached together. I need to go and search here to find out if this is normal. If anyone knows and can set me at ease right away that would be appreciated. In my ignorance I am thinking ahead to my first sail and envisioning trying to reef the sail and the lower half of the mast is just spinning as I tug the lines! To be honest I havent familiarized myself with the rigging yet so this may be a silly notion but its on my mind and I am sharing.
Thats enough rambling for now. Aloha to the board, looking forward to some quality time out on the ocean with my family!