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PostPosted: Tue Feb 28, 2017 9:39 am 
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Bought the Sail and Furling Kits to add to my Tandem Oasis and took it out today in 5-8 mph winds. My comments and observations:

-No Ama for now / read a bunch of posts here regarding the pros and cons. I am going to continue to give it a go sans Hamas, since I had boring holes in my toys and prefer not to lug more gear around. Also figure I need to learn to sail w/out training wheels and should get to know how to recover from capsizing since I have bird and wildlife ADD and can't imagine my mind won't drift and forget about mainsheets, telltale vigilance.
-Gloves / I get it now why a lot of these videos have people wearing gloves on their right hand.
-Blocks, Rope tackle Mods / I get it now why the pics and videos of some of your fellow sailing kayaks have a lot of gizmos hanging off their boats. In light winds and 1/2 furled (this was a practice run), the mainsheet and furling lines were getting bound up on my Hobie Cart and gear bungies that were out of sight in the transom of the yak. I need to mess more w/the rigging access/convenience to insure when I need these lines to work for me that are functioning and readily accessible.
-2nd Mirage Drive / This is a lifesaver for a newbie to have the fins extended and behaving like a small daggerboard ... even in light winds the yak was getting tippy. Larry Ellison won't be getting challenged anytime soon.
-Wind Gusts Suck / Read it a bunch of times in my pre-trip education, but experiencing what a gust of wind can do to the sail, boat orientation and my capsize avoidance lizard brain was very interesting.

I've got to wait a few weeks for the weather to warm-up, so I can see what this Tandem Oasis and its noob sailor can do. Pretty sure from the yak behavior and my sailing skills that turtling is in my near future. But, I prefer a leisurely swim and recovery situation in slightly warmer conditions. Fun for sure. The sail and furler is a great accessory for those considering this for their yaks.


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PostPosted: Tue Feb 28, 2017 11:49 am 
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Gusts... keep the sheet in your hand, not cleated or tied off... ever.

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PostPosted: Tue Feb 28, 2017 4:55 pm 
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mmiller thanks, I had the sheet in my right hand, but even at 1/2 furled I can see a very quick response of weight shifting and/or letting the sheet free is going to be needed. The sheet was also getting stuck under the wheels of my cart ... so I need to insure this line remains free


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