- Hey Weta people, we would love to here your impressions of the Weta.
Here's a quick review reprinted from Sailing Anarchy Dinghy Forum,
April 8,2008, by bhyde (aka wetabob)...
Flew to Florida last week to hang with the family in Clearwater. One
of the first owners of a Weta, Rick, sails the boat on a regular
basis (like three times a week) about a mile from where I'm staying
(The Causeway). He was nice enough to let me take the boat out for a
quick test ride he clearly has no idea how many boats I've
The weather was perfect. When Rick and I meet down at the beach the
wind was about 12kts coming directly onshore. We unloaded the boat
from his road trailer and started rigging it up. If I hadn't been
asking all sorts of stupid questions and otherwise slowing the whole
process down, it would have taken about 20 minutes to rig everything
up. Except for attaching the jib, main and screacher halyards and
forestay to the two-piece mast, everything is basically attached to
the boat and ready to go. Slide the ama assembly in place, put the
mast on and throw up the sails. It's about that easy and none of the
assembly requires any real manly strength. The amas are light and
balance easily. Having no boom eliminates a lot of work since all the
junk associated with it just isn't there.
Good thing too. By the time we got the mast on the wind had picked up
to a solid 15 18kts with gusts in the low 20's making boat handling
a little tricky. Hey why are all the Hobiecat guys coming in?
We had a little trouble put the screacher on in the building wind,
and since the wind angle and channel layout was going to make any
real long runs impossible, we went with the jib and main alone.
We pushed the boat off the dolly and dragged into water deep enough
to get the rudder and daggerboard down. Even in the building breeze
the boat is light enough to push around easily. Rick jumped on and
took the tiller and I hopped on and took the jib sheets. Trim on and
off we went upwind. The main was a little overpowered so we cranked
in some downhaul and the main got nice and flat. Upwind the boat is
rock stable. With a little bit of weather weight, not hiking
aggressively, it sails flat with the leeward ama just lightly loaded.
I never felt like the ama's were digging or slowing the boat down in
I took the tiller and we did a couple of tacks to work our way away
from the beach. That single tiller extension behind the main sheet is
something I didn't like. It takes a little practice to get use to it
and make clean tacks. If you were racing all the time, a double
extension would be much better. The mainsheet cheating system is
simple and functional, but again, some minor mods would be required
Rick' gps showed that we were going between 7 and 9kts uphill and
about 6.5 to 7 in maximum point mode. Not bad for a 14 foot boat.
Once we got enough room to play around, I bore away to a close reach
and watched the speed come up to about 12. Bearing farther away to a
board reach (90 to 120 degrees) the boat was consistently in the mid
teens (12 15 most of the time). We hit 16.5 max for the day (main
and jib, two people) and I'm sure with the screacher we could have
worked into the high teens or maybe the low twenties.
Capsize? Not even close. On one run down the channel going about 14 I
found some nice confused waves mixed together with a big powerboat
wake and some big pressure. This would be pretty typical stuff for SF
Bay sailing on South Hampton Shoal in mid summer. The boat just
slammed though the waves and keep going. With two people on the boat,
and weight to the back of the bus, you can just keep the pedal down.
A couple of times in big 25+ gusts the nose started to go in, but a
quick ease on the main or an aggressive bear away brought it right
back. You would have to be seriously retarded to capsize this thing
in anything less than 25. Without a boom the main leech is pretty
open to begin with and a big ease on the mainsheet just vents the
entire upper half of the sail. Anyone with small high-performance
boat experience is going to love the heavy air handling of the Weta.
There is quite a bit of stray generated by the bow in blasting
conditions, and that spray hits you squarely in the face making
vision a bit of a problem. I used Rick as a Human Shield when things
got blurry. A small stray skirt from the bow to the ama would be nice
for big air days in cold water.
After an hour or so we called it quits since Rick had to get home. We
took the boat apart and loaded it on the road trailer. 10 minutes and
done. Here's something weird I wasn't even remotely tired. If I had
been on an I14 or something like that I probably wouldn't have even
left the dock in those conditions. If I had, it would have been a
completely ass kicking and guaranteed carnage. Even in heavy air the
loads are light, and with little body movement required, the only
thing missing is a couple of beer holders.
All in all the boat handled very well. It feels really, really solid.
I never felt any flex in the amas or the main hull. The rig is pretty
simple and the upper half bends nicely to leeward to de-power in the
big gusts. On reaches I felt like the helm was a little light and
would have raked the mast back a bit in those conditions (it's
adjustable). There are a few minor things I would change like the jib
leads (impossible to ease from the back of the boat) and mainsheet
system (ratchet block and cleat), but otherwise this a very nice
package for a very reasonable price. Big fun!
--- In Weta-Tri@yahoogroups.com, "wetabob" <bobhyde@...> wrote:
> Hey Weta people, we would love to here your impressions of the Weta.
> Here's a quick review reprinted from Sailing Anarchy Dinghy Forum,
> April 8,2008, by bhyde (aka wetabob)...
Thanks for posting your review!!!
- I've posted a few things on SA wrt changes on the boat...however there
are only 2 material changes I would consider (were I the boat's
1) Traveller (for hull stiffness and sail control in heavy air)
2) Chute (to prevent stuffing the bow downwind)
The chute is likely a bigger deal and something I will be getting made
for PHRF sailing. I'll let you know how it goes.
This boat is a blast. Make no mistake about it, probably the best 10k
sailing spend you'll ever make.
- Wet Dog,
I agree completely on the traveller. It would definitely help stiffen
the back end. It would also allow a way to get the tiller forward of
the mainsheet. I posted a couple of pictures of the Corsair Sprint
750 setup in the Photos section. I think this would be the ideal
setup for the Weta!!!
Question: Would a Hobie-type headsail furler work on the Weta? The
reason for the question is that conditions here on S.F. Bay can change
quickly. When single handing, if caught out when the wind pipes up,
the furler would allow you to quickly put the jib away. Without it,
if your are caught out, your option is..........???
--- In Weta-Trimarans@yahoogroups.com, "wet_dog_racing"
> I've posted a few things on SA wrt changes on the boat...however there
> are only 2 material changes I would consider (were I the boat's
> 1) Traveller (for hull stiffness and sail control in heavy air)
> 2) Chute (to prevent stuffing the bow downwind)
> The chute is likely a bigger deal and something I will be getting made
> for PHRF sailing. I'll let you know how it goes.
> This boat is a blast. Make no mistake about it, probably the best 10k
> sailing spend you'll ever make.