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    Posted: 19 Feb 14 at 12:06pm
Does anybody know anything about this cat been looking for a dart 18 for a bit but a very good priced hurry 500 is for sale but i cant find out much at all about them on the interweb?

do they single hand well? where to get spares ect?
i am 110kg possible crew as and when for fun not racing in the channel on the south coast 

all help will be appreciated 

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There used to be lots of Darts at Restronguet in Cornwall. It would be worth you writing a wanted notice and sending it to the secretary of the club asking them to put it on the notice board.
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It might be worth contacting Grant Piggot, he's just made some sails for one....

http://www.gpsails.com/GP_Sails_Home.html
Needs to sail more...
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Post Options Post Options   Quote bicrider Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 20 Feb 14 at 3:24pm
Thanks gents will keep Restronguet in mind but its is the other end of the country i am on the Kent Sussex boarder 
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Post Options Post Options   Quote ASok Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 21 Feb 14 at 3:00pm
Originally posted by Buzz



There used to be lots of Darts at Restronguet in Cornwall. It would be worth you writing a wanted notice and sending it to the secretary of the club asking them to put it on the notice board.


Restronguet is the home of Dart sailing. Brian Phipps is still based there selling brand new builds and class parts. Obviously no use to a Kent based person though!

Can't comment on the suitability of a Hurri though as I've never sailing one. My sister races out of Starcross and they have a decent fleet. She loves it and preferred it over my Dart 18.
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I think you'll find Starcross have Hurricane 5.9s. The Hurricane 500 was a quite different class, which seems to have largely dropped off the radar. All I know about them is that they stopped appearing on PY published lists about 2002.
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From my childhood memory the 500 was launched by the Whites in about 1990 to replace the Hurricane 4.9, which itself was a Condor with a new rig.  The Hurricane 4.9 fleet did not switch, at least partially because they felt let down that their (healthy) class was being dumped and partially because when a 500 was demo'ed at my club it pitch poled and broke up (and without boards their was scepticism as to its upwind performance).  It was marketted as a scaled down Hurricane 6.5 which had revolutionary 'upside down' hulls (narrower at the top). 
But I guess if it has lasted this long it can't be too fragile.  The photo's on ebay show it having a different, boomless, rig to the original.  I don't know when that came in but it is the Sobstad Genesis material and colours that the ISO used back in 1993.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote ASok Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 21 Feb 14 at 5:24pm
Originally posted by JimC

I think you'll find Starcross have Hurricane 5.9s. The Hurricane 500 was a quite different class, which seems to have largely dropped off the radar. All I know about them is that they stopped appearing on PY published lists about 2002.


Yes, you are right Jim.

Its been a long week......................
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I do remember the 500 be at the dinghy show might even have been at crystal palace (I still think the dinghy show was better at crystal palace me and my kid brother sailing toppers or oppies on the pool) sorry topic for another day there.
I too thought the rig in the pictures was not how i remembered it but i do remember the look of it completely different from darts and hobies there guess it has made an impression on me 

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Used to race against one in our club , they werent very good upwind , but  pretty quick down , just about made up for the poor upwind performance :) , cant remember if the performance down wind was due to a kite , but was pre chute days .
 
Prob not , think I was sailing a uncorn at time which trounced it .
 
 
This particular one  was recalled as it was falling apart , splitting up centre seams , was a prob with early ones , rather than get a replacement boat , the owner upgraded to a tornado.
 
It was also sailed singlehanded , not to great effect , but he didnt fly a kite . which you must on a boat like this for a look in these days .
 
It had a righting pole to help get it back up , it had an impressive tall rig .
 
Ive heard of them being given away literally , so dont pay much , unless its been pimped with good sails and a chute launching spin, even then its dual performance is something to watch out for ,
 
 
giving the boat benefit of doubt , it may have been way it was sailed upwind being the prob , but we couldnt see that far back ;)
 
 
 


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