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Post Options Post Options   Quote NeilP Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 05 May 06 at 11:39am

If you want properly fast - anything over 900 PY is not properly fast in my view - then the FD is the way to go. Weight is no issue, it's stable, easy to sail but challenging to sail really well, and very beautiful. 20-year-old boats are still competetive, at least at National level, and the class is full of great people who will give you all the encouragement and help you want. Nothing feels like an FD going upwind in a blow, it's just the business. I'd be delighted to organise a trial sail for you if you let me know where you are based. Give it a try, you'll love it!

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We were at the dutch Easter regatta in Loosdrecht [Fantasic event - highly recommended for a big range of classes] in the Star recently. Plenty of gorgeous FD's there. My crew was amazed at how small they are in the flesh [Hee Hee]. Not sure if my wife could pull the genny in though. It always seems a bit of a grunt whem I've sailed them
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Have you considered a cat?  Something like a Hurricane 5.9 or F18 would take your weight and still have managable sheet loads for your wife.
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How about a Breeze 6.0?....great weight carrying....big rig and assymetric.........and you have the choice of leaving it on a mooring or using a combi...........fun for the kids as well, dangling from those racks....The very Dab!!
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FD genoa sheeting is a question of timing - get it most of the way in before the load comes on, then if you need to, bend the knees and use your legs. Alternatively the helm can usually reach to assist with the last bit. I sail with my wife (she helms, though) and we never have problems with the loads. Lots of other problems, but that's us rather than the boat . Give it a go, you know you want to!

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If you want a larf - how about a Dart 16 or 18 (cat-a-meringue). Remember to shout to the missus - SCREAM if you want to go faster!!
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