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Looking for thoughts from tri sailors.

I have a race coming up. 300 miles in mixed conditions. Boat has to be under 200 pounds.

Plan was to race kayak with assist sail. Measured vmg is about 3 knots. Need to make about 43 miles per day minimum. Of course I don't know what actual wind conditions will be.

If you were me would you go with sail assisted kayak or a Hobie AI tri? Found a Hobie AI at a reasonable price. Considering buying.

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Re: Trimaran- Hobie AI

Whats the wind sailing angle of the two boats compared to the expected wind on the coarse . I would think the AI is a better sailing boat. Can you use the mirage pedals during the race. much faster then paddling
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%70 of favourable wind for the first 150 miles. Then wind likelihood turns to beat somewhere around last 70 miles.

Pedal drive and paddling are both permitted through out.

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Re: Trimaran- Hobie AI

I've never sailed a kayak, nor a hobie tri. I've paddled kayaks endlessly. It would seem the tri would be hands down a better sailing choice. Faster, track better with the centerboard and more stable for such long tiring days, etc.

Since it's a race, does this mean you compete against other tris, as opposed to other kayaks?
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^^^ Canon ball run style, run what you brung. The real race is against the clock though. No motors.

Checkpoints are inland. Up rivers/canals which is where paddling/pedaling comes in.
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Re: Trimaran- Hobie AI

Right on the edge weight wise would be a weta.
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Perfect RU, big part of finding boats is having the right search terms to enter. The Wetta looks like hull weight 128 pounds. Well within the limits of my roof racks. Going to add it to my Kijiji notifications in case one comes up.
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The floats...weight
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300 miles at 40 miles per day.... so.... whats the go with food and equipment? Do you have to take that on board? or are you sailing light ship and your camping kit goes on a track?


A weeks worth of food and a tent etc would change the characteristics of any boat.

BTW I am a bit of a cheat... ... Is there a website for the event where you can see what boats everyone else is using. If 90% of previous winners use one type of boat....

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Re: Trimaran- Hobie AI

Carry all camping gear, food water. About 100 pounds of gear.

Both AIs and kayaks are used in the race. I asked this same question there and the answers were split, not surprisingly, kayakers said kayaks, tri sailors said tris.. So, I thought I would throw it out here and see if any ideas came up.

I review finish times and AIs and kayaks are pretty close with top finishers on those boats making about 75 miles a day. Slight edge seems to go to kayaks, so I guess that's informative.


Some of the fast beach cats are getting over 200 miles/day, but I am not into trailering 5000 km in the middle of winter, so thats why I want to stick with car toppable.
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