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Sailing a Tiki 21 off Exmouth July 2014
Thanks for the videos, Ian. They are keeping me motivated for the eight or so weeks of full time work I have left on Beto this Fall!
Brad, I can imagine how hard it is, just from my experience of a rebuild. Keep it up, it is worth it.
I get a real pleasure from the sense of achievement when sailing a boat that now looks brand new.
The boat looks great Ian. What does the family think?
The family like it on occasion. We had some great days. The reality is they don't like bumpy seas. I've been sea sick once in my life (car ferry in 1978 during the Fastnet storm!) and am used to rough water as a kayaker, not so for the family. The kids are only good for a few hours on a cruise. I'm frustrated because I haven't yet got them down the Dartmouth for some inland estuary exploration which I'm sure they'll like.
I'll get them there in the end! How does your family like your Tiki?
My family definitely prefer short trips when it is warm and calm. This means that we have only been on short trips around the Bay, and have not ventured past the Golden Gate with the family on board. On the other hand they are usually good sports if it blows up and gets a bit wet on the way home.
To me it works much better if you leave the zipper closed and just compress the sail to a nice bundle. This is the way Wharram designed it. It is also much faster when shaking out the reef.
Practising the reefing is a good idea.
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