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Re: Designer's Choice Howmar info needed,please

lol, I am generally not concerned what others think, I just don't want to get there and be excited to sail, and can't because I didn't set something up right, or didn't have something.
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Re: Designer's Choice Howmar info needed,please

I guess I am a little too concern...

Which is probably foolish since when it comes to sailing, few sailors where I live. If I was to put my Jib Sheets on the wrong side of the stays, I doubt if people would know...
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I am most concerned about the sail catching the most wind as possible. I think I will start by using the Main only until I get comfortable with the boat and how she responds. Then the next step is to add the Jib ...
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Re: Designer's Choice Howmar info needed,please

here is a Designer's Choice for sale really cheap... and/or a Sunfish from the Philly, PA area....

If it was closer I would consider it for parts...


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Re: Designer's Choice Howmar info needed,please

Just received: "You Can Sail," by John R. Whiting

It's out of print, but you can find it used. As a how to sail book, not bad, but the real value is for Designer's Choice owners since it has a prominence in the book. Many pictures and quite a few of the diagrams are DC 15s




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Re: Designer's Choice Howmar info needed,please

I took her out for the first time this past Sunday.. What a blast ! I am new to sailing, so I don't have anything to compare the DC to, other than a Sunfish... but with 120' of sail up, she moved well through the water with light winds. When a gust would come, she would take off. We had to lean back with our feet in the straps....

I cant wait till I get proficient at sailing...

I ordered a kicker motor that has just arrived, and put a mount on the back... will help limit the tacking when coming up the canal.
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I took her out for the first time this past Sunday.. What a blast ! I am new to sailing, so I don't have anything to compare the DC to, other than a Sunfish... but with 120' of sail up, she moved well through the water with light winds. When a gust would come, she would take off. We had to lean back with our feet in the straps....

I cant wait till I get proficient at sailing...

I ordered a kicker motor that has just arrived, and put a mount on the back... will help limit the tacking when coming up the canal.
hey.. I was out first time with my DC 15 on Monday, light winds, but didn't put up the jib (I capsized last year my last time out with a different boat.. and wanted to play it safe.)

The best thing about the DC is it doesn't just move through water --- in the right scenario it moves over water (plane)

With a paddle I felt it was pretty easy to move around...
Thanks for posting I was feeling alone

My mistake == I accidentally cleated the rudder up instead of down... not a big deal. out again Tomorrow.




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Re: Designer's Choice Howmar info needed,please

Glad we can learn together.. I had a few mishaps.. first the cleat broke that holds up the center board... I had to tie it off to keep it up...

The other problem was the tiller extension worked well going side to side, but when I stood up and tried to pass it behind me (learning from a highschool sailor) I lifted the tiller extension and it separated from the tiller.. darn, I broke the boat !!!

I went to a local sailing shop and they fixed me up in no time... I bought a new cleat, and they repaired my tiller by removing the old bracket and installed a new rubber flexible adapter....

It seems that the seated position needs to be almost centered in the boat to see the Jib sail tales...
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Re: Designer's Choice Howmar info needed,please

From the videos above (https://www.youtube.com/user/wmichaelcook59)

I noticed he had these quick release pins (WEST MARINE Ball-Lok Quick-Release Pins | West Marine) that didn't require a cotter pin.



They are a plus when you are rigging. Although I used the 3/16s and I need a bigger one for the front stay. The pin has a hole in the side, so you can run a string or wire through it, to keep it from dropping overboard

Do you have a picture of the rubber flexible adapter? I'm not pituring it
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Re: Designer's Choice Howmar info needed,please

Two different days of sailing.
First was last Friday on an open lake... with lots of wind. A bit exhilarating for sure. Except when we were close to an island and was screened from the wind, or the wind was a little more funky.

Second day was on a closed lake (a dammed up river) and little wind...

One thing I also noticed is if the boat isn't moving or moving slowly, the rudder has little affect on the direction.

Two of us on the boat

We probably should have done the little lake on the windy day and big lake on the less wind day. The benefit of the river/lake though, on a calm day, was when we headed back we were going with the wind and the current. Though the current might be less than a mile an hour... it all adds up.

Seems there is a small leak somewhere and with the lack of speed, the self-bailer was all but useless.
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