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04-12-2012 02:31 PM
getwet
Re: First Sail of the Year - 03/06/12

I'm guessing March 6th as a first sail of the season in Missouri is pretty good. Our first sail was just a few weeks ago on March 15th. It was great, but unlike yours surelyujest71, we had hardly any wind. Nevertheless, it was cause for celebration. Love these warm spring days!

First Sail in 2012
03-14-2012 11:44 PM
surelyujest71
Re: First Sail of the Year - 03/06/12

I went out on Monday, March 12, with my nephew and niece to the little lake nearby, to get my second sail of the year in. My sister and mom came along, too, although my mom didn't care to try sailing. Weather forecast was for 15 mph winds... a little active to take the kids sailing for their first times, but still fun. It wasn't until I'd been sailing for a couple of hours and had taken my niece out already that my sister commented that she checked the weather shortly after I got out on the water and the wind was already up to 18 mph. Not long before the end of sailing for the day, my nephew finally rode, just once, briefly - after his sister sailed with me twice! (screaming her head off the first time! lol) As we were leaving, I asked my sister to check the weather for windspeed again - about 25 mph! So much for the "fun but safe" wind forecast. It was tons of fun, though, spending several hours on the water, fighting to hold the sail in, leaning way out to compensate for heel, and even dragging the boom in the water once or twice, I heeled over so far! On the way in, I decided to go straight for the shoreline from a little distance out, and see how fast I could go with the daggerboard up. This was a small mistake: On the way in, I wound up a bit off of where I wanted to be, so had to steer a bit to port - and with the daggerboard up, I had an accidental gybe with that strong wind, and nearly wound up in the water, myself! I did end up with about an inch of water added to the cockpit by the time it settled, again. I have no idea how I managed to keep from going into the drink.



Lots of fun, even for the screaming kids, and plenty of exercise, which was sorely needed, along with a slight sunburn (first of the year!). I'm loving this warm, early spring.
03-07-2012 08:42 PM
surelyujest71
Re: First Sail of the Year - 03/06/12

He definitely was. But, I was more interested in just having my cousin ride along, than I was in trying to make him sit "exactly so, right there, now quickly, to the other side!" the entire time.

He just bought a house. A big one. Near Phoenix, Az. I keep telling him, every item you own is an anchor, but now I come to think that maybe he feels the need for anchors in his life. For me, I'm slowly freeing myself of my anchors, and look forward to the day when everything I own fits easily and comfortably in a reasonably sized sailboat.
03-07-2012 06:36 PM
CalebD
Re: First Sail of the Year - 03/06/12

Quote:
Originally Posted by surelyujest71 View Post
That is a sunfish sail, good eye! but it's on a Dolphin Sr, which was intended for a slightly bigger sail. However, in the Dolphin community, the sunfish sail is often much easier to come by....

It may be hard to believe, but I've seen images of the original sales brochure for the Dolphin Sr, exactly like mine, and it portrays up to 4 people on the boat at a time!!! I know that last summer, with my cousin sitting with his back against the mast, the boat was slowed down a lot.
Then your cousin's weight was not in a good spot. Riding up forward on small boats like this will kill your speed quite effectively by pushing the bow down so the boat has to plow through the water. Weight distribution is key to getting small boats to move at their fastest.
I could see 2 full grown adults riding comfortably on your Dolphin Sr. or maybe 4 light teenagers - not 4 adults.
Here is a spec sheet for the Dolphin Sr.: DOLPHIN SENIOR sailboat on sailboatdata.com
It is difficult to tell from that spec what size sail area (SA) the boat was designed to carry. I'm sure the Sunfish lateen rig works just fine even if it is a little smaller.
03-07-2012 02:59 PM
Minnewaska
Re: First Sail of the Year - 03/06/12

Very jealous! My 2012 first is not likely for another 7 weeks. Enjoy.
03-07-2012 02:56 PM
jameswilson29
Re: First Sail of the Year - 03/06/12

Stop calling me Shirley...
03-07-2012 02:55 PM
surelyujest71
Re: First Sail of the Year - 03/06/12

That is a sunfish sail, good eye! but it's on a Dolphin Sr, which was intended for a slightly bigger sail. However, in the Dolphin community, the sunfish sail is often much easier to come by....

It may be hard to believe, but I've seen images of the original sales brochure for the Dolphin Sr, exactly like mine, and it portrays up to 4 people on the boat at a time!!! I know that last summer, with my cousin sitting with his back against the mast, the boat was slowed down a lot.
03-07-2012 02:48 PM
CalebD
Re: First Sail of the Year - 03/06/12

Good for you for pushing your limits - safely.
I have been out on a Sunfish with another adult human (and a cooler) in winds around 20 knots and boy can that be fun! Get the boat onto a broad reach, raise the center board a bit and hold on as the hull planes and takes off on top of the waves. Of course that was in the summer so when we dumped the boat the water was not really cold.
I'm not sure I'd want to take a Sunfish out with winds 30 - 40 knots by myself. I would have to do what you did: dump most of the air. The problem is there is no easy, practical way (that I know of) to reef that Lateen rig unless you had a smaller sail you could use.
Still, good for you.
03-07-2012 02:30 PM
surelyujest71
Re: First Sail of the Year - 03/06/12

Oh, definitely a bigger boat! This one is simply for use in the small water available around here. Once I head out into the world, I intend to move up to something in the 38 ft range. I like the lines of an aft cockpit better, but I really do like the interior setup of a center cockpit. I'm very tempted by the Ketch rig. I'm also starting to consider that a full keel might be right for what I'll want to do.

For now, the little Dolphin is simply to get practice in sailing. I've also sailed a 27 ft MacGregor built in the late 70's during a visit to California - the owner of that boat agreed that the skills seemed to transfer over pretty well.

Right now, it's all about getting on the water, though.
03-07-2012 02:10 PM
peterchech
Re: First Sail of the Year - 03/06/12

haha if you're going to cast off the anchors of society and sail away, may I suggest a slightly bigger boat?

It's great that you are getting out there early! I hope that you were wearing a wetsuit or some other kind of immersion protection. I had a cold water dinghy capsize that nearly killed me even though I was wearing a wetsuit and was close to shore, and am young and in good shape. Wear that life jacket!
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