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 Post subject: First Sail !!!
PostPosted: Sat Jan 06, 2007 6:58 pm 
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Today, I sailed my new Hobie Bravo for the first time !!!

The weather was good - 81 deg F, SE winds, about 12 knots, waves averaging about two feet. Atlantic Ocean off Juno Beach, north of Palm Beach.

She set up easily, and launched so quickly, I barely jumped on in time! I heeled her to about 45 deg max, easily controlling the lift by leaning out, or steering upwind.

She has very little weather helm, and with some trimming, she will sail a straight line with no control. Pointing upwind, she will come up and stall, if you let go. She points well, not quite as well as my Hobie 14 Turbo, but geez… and she comes about in a second! Jibing is no problem either, even with the sail extended. Sailing downwind, you have to be a little off, or the sail luffs too much.

One thing I’m going to change. I think it’s a “safety thingâ€


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PostPosted: Tue Jan 16, 2007 8:48 pm 
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Geez - I shouldn't have posted this - but I was so excited about sailing my new Bravo (I waited a few weeks for the right weather) - it's way too cold for Hobie Sailing in most of the rest of the country, and the water is still pretty chilly here...


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PostPosted: Tue Jan 16, 2007 11:40 pm 
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Why shouldn't you have posted it?

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PostPosted: Wed Jan 17, 2007 10:41 am 
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Looks like you're havin' a ball!
Have a Hobie Day~


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PostPosted: Wed Jan 17, 2007 10:57 am 
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You're just making those of us shivering on an icey day jealous...

And there's nothing wrong with that. :wink:

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PostPosted: Wed Jan 17, 2007 11:27 am 
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JunoJim, post like yours are what these forums are all about. I got a Bravo for my wife a couple of years ago and she loves it. We also had to re-angle the main sheet cam cleat. We got her the optional boom, great for sailing off wind. I also made a wind vain that attached to the front vertical mast support. Enjoy the boat, we won't be back on the water till April. :wink:


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PostPosted: Wed Jan 17, 2007 3:22 pm 
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Thanks guys !!! I'm waiting like you are, for another good sailing day !!!

This has been a weird winter...


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