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Sailing in 15-20 knots with higher gusts with my newly lauched Tiki. We reefed the main shortly after this as the boat felt a little overpowered. Maybe I'm j...

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Comment by Ian Bamsey on October 5, 2015 at 3:04am

Hey Brad, you must have really enjoyed that sail after all the work. Do you know how fast you were going?

I find it difficult to gauge the limits of my Tiki 21. I suspect I could push it much harder, but I'm cautious. 

Comment by Pius Bielowski on October 5, 2015 at 4:21am

Looks fast! Very nice if you can have the wind without that waves. The net in lieu of the plattform is a good idea when it comes to offshore sailing (we all worship COOKING FAT) but I fear you are wet all the time. Please do tell us about the comfort issue!

Comment by Brad Ingram on October 5, 2015 at 7:56am

Hey Ian. I used to push it a lot harder, but a storm earlier this year had our mono sink and two friends pass so I'm staying safe on Beto! She is a cruiser, after all. I have MX Mariner on my phone, and according to it we were hitting around seven knots at around 40 degrees off the wind. There was a 23' Hunter out, and we were pointing maybe five degrees lower, but smoking his ass overall. We passed him to leeward and gave a nice conch horn blow for some humiliation! Pius we had some bad chop, but once we got to speed she flew over it. Initially we were pitching a good bit, but we stayed fairly dry. Once I reefed she slowed down to around six knots and was much drier and more comfortable. I'd probably have a reef in the jib as well next time. I have normal trampoline material to sew up and use in the cockpit for 90 percent of the time and to roll up if in 25 knots and higher. That should keep us pretty dry! 

Comment by Ian Bamsey on October 5, 2015 at 8:02am

Brad, all sensible stuff and good to keep safe. I've gone to about 9 knt off the wind, and down wind hit 12 on the surf. Roger on Little Cat is the speed man. Have fun.

Comment by Brad Ingram on October 5, 2015 at 8:09am

I'll probably start pushing her a bit more as I get more used to the boat. It wasn't even trying to lift a hull in that wind with full canvas, so I think she could definitely go harder. I'm used to a Nacra F18 which is like a freaking Ferrari and very unstable, and I think that has me a bit reserved with Beto. Time will tell. 

Comment by Roger on October 5, 2015 at 9:14am

Going niiiice. Congratulations Brad.


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