The kid probably enjoyed it.
How much does the nephew weigh? How long did it take to recover?
You're right, my nephew loved retelling the story to his friends. I was leading up to letting him take the AI out on his own until this happened. The first words out of his moms mouth after this were "He's not taking it out by himself". I'm guessing he is around 100 pounds and it only took me 10 minutes to recover completely
At Ft DeSoto you were using the splash guard and nearly pitch-poled. We saw plumes of spray come up from the bow as is dug into the water. I launched right after you (silly me
) under full sail and while my boat was a handful it never got caught under a wave.
In fact, when I first read your pitch-pole story the first thing that came to mind was your splash guard; which is why I asked about it.
Certainly something to consider anyway.
Darryl, from the descriptions so far, I think you are spot on.
It's possible to pitch one of these boats, even if you are hiking out using Hakas, but it gets much easier to do when you put a sea anchor in front, a young adult on the wrong side and an extra 20ft of tramp sail to windward.
I completely agree with both of you. Especially since this almost happened once before with haks in crazy wind. I will certainly tweak my splash guard design.
Is your splash guard one of my Sprayskirts, or one you made yourself?
Bob, the splash guard is one I made myself. Similar to yours but a little different.
Good story! Glad you and your nephew got out ok. No mention of cold water?
I'm looking forward to "the rest of the story" this fall when we get together.
The water was actually a nice comfortable temperature. And no salt water critters to look out for
Yeah, I'm also looking forward to going on another Everglades trip with you Keith. Hopefully with my AI speed mods completed so I can keep up with you.