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Re: If you don't sail...you're a freakin' moron.

One has to have over 4,000 posts on SN before they are truly a moron.
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Re: If you don't sail...you're a freakin' moron.

Smackdaddy, I'm not 100% clear on what your true feelings are about sailing. Try to not be so "elusive" with your opinions next time, ok?
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Re: If you don't sail...you're a freakin' moron.

I sail, therefore I am not a complete freaking moron.
I do not sail enough, therefore...
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Re: If you don't sail...you're a freakin' moron.

One thing I'll definitely disagree with is the need for speed.

Bollocks.

There is just as much enjoyment to be had from poddling along at 2 knots as ten. Sure its a blast when the wind pipes up and the spray starts flying but it is not now, never has been and never will be the reason I love sailing. If any of you cannot see the joy to be had from "simply messing" then that is really sad.

Maybe you need to practice. Take the dog for a walk .... slowly. Go for a bicycle ride ... head up, looking about. How about a spot of rowing, but not to win at Henley or ride a horse but not to win the Derby. Slow down FFS .... smell the bloody roses.
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Re: If you don't sail...you're a freakin' moron.

Agreed. I absolutely love the "speed" (which, as you point out is a magnificently relative term when it come to sailing)...and the "bucking spray"...

...but I didn't include these in my OP because that's just the gravy over everything else I mentioned.
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Re: If you don't sail...you're a freakin' moron.

I looking forward to the day when I have no where I need to be and have all day to get there. For now, I need to get a move on.

I mean really. Speed, sailboat? Hyperbole.
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Re: If you don't sail...you're a freakin' moron.

Smack waxing poetic????

Do you have any idea what this means?

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Re: If you don't sail...you're a freakin' moron.

Smack,

All of that!

Do you sail a boat that you can feel hunting for the "sweet spot"? Our small catboat, in 10 knots, beating, seems to "hunt" for the wind threads and push its nose into the slots. The tiller keeps me informed. I get to play on the "big boat", too, but its spade rudder and wheel take away the immediate feedback a barn door on a tiller provides. You can close your eyes and follow the wind.

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Re: If you don't sail...you're a freakin' moron.

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Smack,

All of that!

Do you sail a boat that you can feel hunting for the "sweet spot"? Our small catboat, in 10 knots, beating, seems to "hunt" for the wind threads and push its nose into the slots. The tiller keeps me informed. I get to play on the "big boat", too, but its spade rudder and wheel take away the immediate feedback a barn door on a tiller provides. You can close your eyes and follow the wind.

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On my last sail my crew in training said; "I'm watching your hand on the tiller (he actually said rudder) and I see you are barely moving it."
The point is you can get that feel without a barn door rudder when the boat is balanced and that is the feel I think Smack is talking about.
I agree with the wheel part.
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Re: If you don't sail...you're a freakin' moron.

I am sure it happens in other situations. I am also sure the spade of my I-28 is so well balanced there is almost no information coming back from the tiller. I have a wheel and my emergency tiller stands vertical, in place, attached to the rudder post. I can, and do, switch to the short tiller when not standing to look for lobster pots. It just lets you steer the boat with zero effort. That has its own real advantages. I can easily steer the Islander with its sails. Fun!

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