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Re: Trimaran- Hobie AI

Pedaling with legs should be less tiring than paddling with upper body. Also leaves hands free for eating, navigating, communicating. Tri is also likely more stable in what could be wild conditions w/few support boats around.
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Pedaling with legs should be less tiring than paddling with upper body. Also leaves hands free for eating, navigating, communicating. Tri is also likely more stable in what could be wild conditions w/few support boats around.
You can also paddle while pedaling for even more speed. newest Hobie pedals have reverse so if you are to far ahead you can put it in reverse until they catch up.

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Re: Trimaran- Hobie AI

The Weta looks like a more sophisticated design and should be able to hit higher speeds when there is adequate winds, but the combined main hull and outer hulls are 168 lbs and that does not include the rig so the Hobie is probably a little lighter. The Weta looks more expensive, but it also looks much, harder to paddle or portage. I also agree with Overbored that the ability to pedal while doing other things is a huge advantage.

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This sounds a lot like the Everglades Challenge other than the paddling up rivers part. Brutal especially if the weather turns snotty.
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Re: Trimaran- Hobie AI

What are the rules for this race? how about a kite driven Hobie try on foils
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Re: Trimaran- Hobie AI

Ya, some kind of kite drive would be cool. I don't think a kite will meet the current reefing rules (minimum 2 reefs on sails 36 sq ft and over), but I wouldn't be surprised to see kites adapted somehow. Also, I don't have time to learn to kite sail sufficiently in the available time.

I do want to learn how to kite sail in general though.
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Re: Trimaran- Hobie AI

Any way, decided to stick with my kayak. Plan is carry a bigger light air sail in addition to my current sail, might need a CF boom extension. I will just paddle the beat sections.

Was reading the roster today. Noticed there is a Nacra C20. That should be fun to watch.
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