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Re: Windrider 10
I had one for a few weeks. It was a bit too small for me (6'1" and 235lbs), but here are my impressions:
1) It is probably the best sailboat ever for small kids and some smaller adults
2) It is dead easy to set up and sail. I could assemble and launch in less than 10 minutes, and that includes putting the amas on and assembling the mast.
3) It tacks on a dime. I've never had a boat tack so quickly, however you have bear off from the tack to get some speed. The boat doesn't point very well until it is moving at least a couple knots, so you have to go well past a 90 degree tack then ease your way back up. In heavier air you can pinch quite a bit due to the low hull speed (see #5)
4) It moves along pretty well in light air, but
5) With me aboard it maxed out at 4.5 knots unless I was surfing a wave or had a huge tailwind. It was still fun and lighter people may be able to go quite a bit faster.
6) In those conditions it is a wet ride. With no transom you get some waves in from the rear as well
7) I sailed it in over 20 knots on multiple occasions and had no issues. Try that with any other 10' boat (except maybe a Mirror dinghy).
8) If you get one, plan on buying a really nice kayak seat for it. The molded one grabs you too low.
9) It doesn't paddle very well. Probably not a big deal since it is so maneuverable, but don't get caught a mile from your dock with no wind. My WR16 paddled very easily, the WR10 not so much.
Last edited by EverySecond; 06-17-2017 at 12:47 AM.