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Old 05-11-2011
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When I was around 10 or 11, we did this a lot with unfamiliar dingies. A friend's family had an O'day widgeon that we sailed a lot, and his dad installed all the hardware for a spinnaker for a birthday present. We rigged and tried it all out on the beach (in almost no wind, just enough to fill the kite with the bow pointed downwind) before taking the show on the water about an hour later when the breeze filled in. Nothing wrong with your plan at all, just use common sense regarding wind. I'd get the boat off the trailer and on to the lawn as well. If the boat blows over on the grass, there's much less potential for damage and scratches than in the driveway. Have fun!
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