The boat was named as such when I got it. I'll probably be renaming it Kamikaze or Soyokaze -- depending on how I feel at the time - they mean Divine and Gentle wind, respectively -- when it gets a bit of a make over. For now Das Boot is pretty appropriate and funny considering how the boat looks.
Interesting you mention the traveler, how it could be used to fine tune the sail has never really occurred to me until this second; I'll keep that in mind next time out. This is really only my 2nd season sailing.
My biggest problem right now is that the amount of effort I'm having to put in to control the sheet is outrageous. It's probably fair to say I'm stronger than average and it's a serious workout to sail the boat in conditions like that day. Will a more appropriate traveler position help with this as well? The first time I blew the sheet in the video is evidence of that, I'm nearly certain it just got away from me.
I've tried controlling heeling with the rudder but I have found that no matter how precise I try to be, the sheet offers 10x more authority. It would be nice if this were, again, more a function of inappropriate sail trim.
I should add that I requested my ballast ride as far back as possible because I'm getting tired of pitch-poling. Any thoughts on that subject?
Loved the video, thanks. It looks like you guys were really moving at around the 2:15 mark!! FWIW, I don't believe the traveler is the answer for "fine tuning" your rig. In Rick White's book Catamaran Sailing for the 90's
, multi-time National and World Champion Hobie Atler, Jr. says he does all of his trimming with the mainsheet. The only time Atler's H18 traveler isn't locked in the middle (when sailing to weather) is when the wind is *really* ripping, at which point he'll let it out 4 to 6 inches of traveler. Downwind Atler Jr.'s traveler is set just inside the hull, and he sails at about 90 degrees apparent wind. If I could make one observation from your terrific video I would question if you're sheeted in enough. Hard to "measure" visually, but I believe my blocks are closer together in those conditions i.e., I'm running my mainsail flatter.
What are you using to shoot those terrific clips? GoPro? Please share pics of your installation.
'82 Hobie 18 SE with '85 Nationals Prism (White) sails
'73 Laser HID# 3463