3243Re: Introduction and Mainsail Question
- Mar 2, 2012RD,
I could produce a short list of areas where a follow-up Weta model could improve on the original, but the main per se would not be on it, except for its small area. The material is good and should last a long time if you handle it properly and avoid creases. Changes are not permitted as the current Class rules require all sails to be supplied by Weta Marine.
As I understand the boat will be sailed double-handled with your wife, you should know that the Weta is still a 14 footer and is underpowered in light air, particularly downwind. In stronger air, however, it is a blast.
I disagree a bit with Richard on getting used to the lack of controls for the main as I miss them racing upwind in gusty conditions where the rig does not automatically depower the top of the main in a sudden gust.
The boat is above all a terrific and easy fun boat and the simplified rig and the boomless main fit perfectly there.
--- In Weta-Trimarans@yahoogroups.com, "Richard Stephens" <richard@...> wrote:
> Welcome, RD!
> I have been very satisfied with the sails. The shape is very nice and they
> seem to last a long time. The mast is quite flexible, so the Weta has that
> in common with windsurfers. I have seen some grommets pulled out on the
> earlier versions of the jib, but they seem to have that figured out now.
> If you are accustomed to a monohull with a thousand ways to tweak the set of
> the sail, you are in for an adjustment. Initially I thought I would want
> some extra controls, but after sailing the boat for two years, I think the
> rig works very well and I would not change anything.
> Will you get your boat in time for the one-design Southeast Championship
> regatta at Fort Walton Beach? April 26 - 29.
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