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Yeah, we just got to the point where we were standing on one hull and a wave came along and completely inverted the thing. Someone more experienced may have been able to recover from that point but we were screwed. I knew that there was a reason that they put that big lump of lead on the bottom of a real boat.
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I've always heard that for big cats - but everything I've seen on beach cats is from the side like this vid...

That's from lying on it's side - I believe the endo method is for when you get completely inverted.
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Hope you have a bundle of fun Smack. As others have said once you dump a beach cat it isn't always so easy to right. Get the bow of the amas headed into the wind a bit and get some wind under the sail. Make sure the sheets are released or she will sail away from you. BTDT. 18' Prindle cat in Megans Bay on St. Thomas many years ago.
Best advice: don't dump the boat over but be ready to release the jib once one hull comes out of the water.
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And that is why the guys that sail these where there is any wind at all carry an extra life preserver...mounted at the masthead.

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Only the idiots.

The extra windage aloft just increases the trouble. I sailed a beach cat for many years, flipped her pleanty, and never turtled or had trouble righting. Just technique, man. Generally the cause is folks holding on the to the rigging. Another cause is a leak in the mast (it is sealed and provides the required floatation, but sometimes the seal is breached by owner repairs or mods).

As for righting, easy with 2, possible with one using a righting bag. No troubles.

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Smack, I've got one word for you:

Corsair.

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Smart thinking Smack! Let the boat throw the kids off, save Dad's back!

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Smack, I've got one word for you:

Corsair.
I actually drove a Corsair 31 on a very windy day a couple of years ago. Definitely fast. We hit 17 knots if I remember right:

Big Freakin' Sails

But it was one of those boats that was both too big and too small. Too small to want to cruise around in. Too big to feel comfortable doing all the work on it myself.

The Spirit is just right. Completely simple, seriously fast, and stupid cheap.

If I ever do get a cat for cruising, it'll be big and pimpin'.

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When you go down to the beach to impress the girls with the bulge in your suit......make sure to stuff the potato in the front of your suit & not the back......lol
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When you go down to the beach to impress the girls with the bulge in your suit......make sure to stuff the potato in the front of your suit & not the back......lol
Sounds like you had a rough day at some point in your beach-going youth. Yowza.

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I know this is not really a cat (more of a trimaran sailing kayak) but I find it amazing that it did not flip in all of this. A super wet ride though and don't forget the bathing suit I watched some other videos of the Hobie Bravos and those look like they would flip in 10 knot winds

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