Thanks, all. It seems as though the TI sails pretty well solo, and is simply "different" than the AI, not necessarily worse. The comment about the "one-armed paper hanger" was a bit of a concern; I would like to think, though, that if the sail were to be reefed a bit, things would be less hectic. I will be keeping the TI at our villa on St. John (USVI), where there are pretty steady 15 knot trades, and the water is warm enough that getting wet isn't an issue. Nice video, Hammer; there was a lot less spray than I would have expected. Gringo: No, I never lived in Waquoit. That was also somebody else in "Invasion of the Body Snatchers". I spent a week once on Grace Bay; Provo is a very nice place, although I prefer the multitude of islands and bays of the VI. You have to go to Tortola to clear customs, though, if you want to want to visit any of the islands in the BVI. We keep "Coconuts", our villa, in short-term rental when we aren't there, so for those not already in the tropics, do consider it for a future vacation (www.coconutsvilla.com
). Owing to liability issues, we wouldn't be able to let guests use the TI we are ordering. Since St. John is pretty hilly, with hairpin turns in the roads, I am going to try and car-top the TI. My plan is to make some long rails out of aluminum tubing to mount to the Thule crossbars on our Suzuki Grand Vitara, and bolt the TI cradles fore and aft along the new long rails, with a set of rollers at the very rear. We'll see how it works, and if successful I will post about it (in May). I had a chance to sail around Pillsbury Sound in an AI a few weeks ago, and had a blast; we're really looking forward to getting the TI.