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PostPosted: Mon Sep 19, 2016 5:44 am 
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Yes, I know what you think, but it's the real thing. Nothing has been "artificially" sped-up, if in doubt just check the spray/water-projection. The GPS said we did an average of 18 knots on the last leg, the fastest part coming just after the jibe when surfing down the beachbreak (about 60 seconds from the end).

Going windward was a bit on the tough side; we had severe problems tacking in the rolling seas (tide-stream against the wind), and we did not have the nerves to get our helmet-heroes running. Two hours later the sea changed with the tide, and when we left the Canche-Delta and started to go back, waves were so much smaller and smooth (you just cant beat a tide going with the wind) .... We are very close to Calais - where England and France are just 32 km (20 miles) apart - and the tide-stream ist hefty. Rise is in the order of three to five meters (10 - 15ft) - twice a day, up and down - and speed is between three and seven knots (depending on weather conditions)



By the way: the jib is at the sailmaker - we ruined it, but that's an OK price for the day.

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PostPosted: Mon Sep 19, 2016 8:03 am 
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Stefan, when running, have you tried letting your traveler out, then sheeting in the mainsheet?

Your speed was impressive, also that you managed to keep the boat 'flat'.

Were you using the trapeze?

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PostPosted: Mon Sep 19, 2016 9:05 am 
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John Lunn wrote:
Stefan, when running, have you tried letting your traveler out, then sheeting in the mainsheet?


I should have done that - you're right. But I was more concerned about the jib coming apart...


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Your speed was impressive, also that you managed to keep the boat 'flat'. Were you using the trapeze?


We have bought trapeze-thingies (you look a bit like wearing diapers with them), but at a lightweight 260lbs (me alone) I don't need the trapeze very often. We were just sitting on the starbord hull and I was following the waves with the rudder ... always little "micro"-corrections in order to keep the boat running down the waves without tumbling over. It's a lot like surfing with a seakayak.

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PostPosted: Wed Sep 21, 2016 5:13 pm 
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Another H18 with centerboards vice dagger boards. Prior to this week, I did not know such a thing existed.


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PostPosted: Wed Sep 21, 2016 9:19 pm 
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Yep, started to yell "get the boards" to myself until I realized. Seems like an appealing option.


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PostPosted: Fri Sep 23, 2016 12:42 am 
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I have the impression that daggerboards give you a few extra degrees close to the wind, but only the centerboards make the HC18 a beach-catamaran. We got them up in the video - you can see that the rope is about 30cm (1') long on the hull, so the boards have been pulled in. When the boards are out, the rope goes in the hull and there's just a few inches on deck.


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daggerboards are more performance-oriented, centerboards make your life easyer. There's two Hobie Cat 18 in our club; one of each type.

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PostPosted: Thu Apr 13, 2017 2:31 pm 
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Sorry, but where is the video. being really lazy and not searching youtube :)

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PostPosted: Thu Apr 13, 2017 5:14 pm 
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