Vagabond, I think you did the right thing, especially asking for rigging advice
. My bro in law asked me to sail on his "new" Melges and he had some serious mistakes
in the rigging but insisted I go. That is a powerful rig and we were on a high alpine lake so It was a challenge to sail her. I wasn't able to de-power the rig so we were severely over canvassed. The trick with performance dingies is to get them up on a plane. Once on top of the water
, they have a great deal of stability. The trick it to get them there.
He has now progressed to very high performance NACRA cats. Scows will really teach you how to sail because they will spank you if you make a mistake. The lessons you learn will stand you well in larger boats. Many cruisers do not really use their sails
well. I had a fellow who was going to sail around the world starting the next week on my racing
keelboat. We were approaching the SF city front from the south and I told him to put on his foulies because we were going into an ebb "gale". He asked why I wasn't reefing, we never reef we flatten and depower the sails
. He said he has never seen that done before. Racing is a great learning
tool and racing boats have a lot to teach us. Master your scow and you can sail anything. Remember to always have you and your crew wear life jackets and let folks know where you are if you go long. If is stops being fun, come back in and try another day.