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Old Dec 18, 2012, 04:37 AM
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boats and sails

We dont have the worlds most competitive fleet localy (Capetown, South Africa) and that could be because I have built most of them LOL, but there are few international boats like the Pikanto that can be used as a benchmark for each new design I build.

The only real way to test if a particular design is better is to let other people sail it and see if you now struggle to beat them. You'll know almost immediately after one or two races.

The quickest way to learn is to swap boats. We do that a lot locally and I have learnt a huge amount by trying to get other boats to perform. Each boat has its own character and you soon learn what the desirable traits are,.

We have a few boats with identical hulls, but different fins, and that makes a huge difference. One boat stalls easily, another sails like it's on rails. Unless you sailed
them yourself you might not realise where the problem lay.

I am rambling, but in short swap boats if you want to become a better sailor or improve on your own design.
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