Another good thing about learning
on a Hobie Cat
is that once you put the plugs in the hulls, they are sealed so that your 1 mile sail across that lake in 5-6 knots of breeze is pretty darn safe for the average newcomer
. If anything goes wrong or the wind
drops, you can paddle in by hand.
But on a 25 year old 30' Monohull
there are tons of things that can go wrong especially for a person unfamiliar with sailing or even boating.
Recently, we had a new guy that went out for a sail from our dock
. He was very excited and having fun. Another guy about 70 from our dock
was out and noticed how low New Guy's boat was in the water
He sailed over and by then new guy and crew were in total panic. Old guy jump aboard and closed off a seacock that had a rotten hose that had split attached to it which was about to sink the boat.
If you are trying to learn to sail, tack the jib
, operate the radio
, figure out how to get away from and back into your slip, it's possible that you don't know what a seacock is or that on some boats you can sink from a rotten hose on a stuffing box (or other thru hull)
As a kid I remember a guy in our town that waited his whole life to get that sailboat. He finally did in his mid to late 60's. He went north to Maryland
and bought one. He was so excited he decided to bring it down in early Spring.
In early Spring, the Chesapeake Bay
is still very cold and the winds can still crankup heavy. Long story short the boat sank and they found him dead and at the top of the mast
where he had managed to tie himself. The boat probably sank due to a rotten hose on a thru hull
I often kid about how easy sailing is to learn, but me and many others on here grew up around boats so we learn a bit here and there sort of piecemeal. For the guy trying to go from ground zero directly into sailing AND handling a large boat all at once is a big step.
New guy may not have CF help once he leaves the slip.
On a Hobie 16 though or something similar, sailing across that lake or pond getting the feel of the sheets
, seeing how the sail works, and knowing that if something happens you can probably swim to shore where someone may be sitting in a lawn chair watching the whole time. That's a good feeling for new guy.
See pictures below of your average Hobie (NACRA, Prindle) regatta
. And yep, many of the ladies did handle the food
etc, worked on the committee (power) boat or just sat on the beach, read a book, and watched the whole regatta
rather than race
usually they would go for a "cruise" with husband or boyfriend afterward when the testosterone level was a bit lower
2003 Broken Mast Regatta :: Delta Sailing Association :: Memphis Sailing Club at Arkabutla Lake, Hernando Point, MS