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  • I bought a used harness off of the Beachcats classifieds recently. Same model and size as the one I got with my supercat. We took turns trapezing from the crew position and elected to skip trying to helm at the same time. Great fun. We went to Geneva Lake in Wisconsin. Much bigger than Rock Cut. Adam did manage to pitch pole us again and we only broke a bungee. We also managed to right the boat from the turtle position so that is a confidence booster.

    Unfortunately the port hull was very crunchy sounding when we were walking on it during righting. I'm in the market for another hull. This was the one I did a soft spot repair on.

    Video to follow.

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    Bryan in Poplar Grove, IL
    Supercat 17, unknown year. Future project
    Hobie 16, 1977 - died a spectacular death https://youtu.be/Y7O22bp2MVA
    Hobie 16, 1978 - current boat
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  • Mate, are you in it for the sailing aspect or the handyman aspect ??? icon_confused icon_lol

    Not that we got to sail this weekend :( , strong wind warning, so spent the day fixing and washing the club boats ;)



    Edited by johnoau on Sep 26, 2021 - 08:05 PM.
  • I'm in it for the sailing, but I can't escape the handyman aspect. That's just who I am! Plus I'm cheap.

    I'm really thinking it's time to get the Supercat 17 going.

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    Bryan in Poplar Grove, IL
    Supercat 17, unknown year. Future project
    Hobie 16, 1977 - died a spectacular death https://youtu.be/Y7O22bp2MVA
    Hobie 16, 1978 - current boat
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  • Once you get the SC17 going you can say goodbye to pitch poling.

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    Bill Townsend
    G-Cat 5.7
    Sarasota
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  • shortyfoxOnce you get the SC17 going you can say goodbye to pitch poling.

    I feel that with the pitch pole skills we are developing, we could find a way!

    Here is the video:
    https://youtu.be/EbK1J61wFjY

    Took a few tries to learn the timing on grabbing the dolphin striker to keep the boat from flipping over the other way. But we have a lot more confidence now.

    In the video you can see Adam lose his footing, and fling off the back while orbiting me via the trap wire. Great fun. What a great day it was.

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    Bryan in Poplar Grove, IL
    Supercat 17, unknown year. Future project
    Hobie 16, 1977 - died a spectacular death https://youtu.be/Y7O22bp2MVA
    Hobie 16, 1978 - current boat
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  • waiex191
    Here is the video:
    Took a few tries….


    You need to make sure both the main and jib sheets are un-cleated before pulling the boat up. Otherwise the boat will blow back over or worse, sail off with you still in the water.

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  • FWIW, I've had old H16s with hulls that were somewhat "crunchy" on the sides but never failed....not as critical as having solid decks. Hard to tell in the vid, but when sailing that far off a stiff breeze, it's important to get weight back as far as possible.....crew should be trapped out behind/straddling the skipper. Also, it looks like the jib sheet is unattended most of the time. Crew should keep it in hand and always be ready to play/uncleat it.....especially off the wind. Holding the jib sheet can also help crew stabilize against getting knocked backward while being bounced around out there. Looks like y'all did a good job unturtling....weight on leeward aft corner. When righting, in addition to releasing sheets and travelers, the boat should be pointed pretty much into the wind to help avoid it going over in the other direction or trying to sail away. It's a bit of a balancing act, but in most conditions that can be accomplished by getting weight way forward, burying the bow, and having the wind blow the stern downwind like a weather vane.

    Glad you're having so much fun....you certainly put the work in to earn it!



    Edited by rattlenhum on Sep 27, 2021 - 07:25 AM.

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    Jerome Vaughan
    Hobie 16
    Clinton, Mississippi
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  • On the first attempt the crew ended up outside the hulls after righting, it's safer to stay between the hulls. Grab the dolphin striker as the boat starts coming down, this way you avoid the next capsize and the boat doesn't hit your head.
  • Thanks again all for the feedback. I've shared it with my son as well. I was about as far back by the skipper as my meager trapeze skills allowed - Not sure if I was straddling him but right next to him. We will try again.

    Definitely good to know about the crunch hulls.

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    Bryan in Poplar Grove, IL
    Supercat 17, unknown year. Future project
    Hobie 16, 1977 - died a spectacular death https://youtu.be/Y7O22bp2MVA
    Hobie 16, 1978 - current boat
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