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    Posted: 22 Dec 11 at 11:42am
~Ive recently bought a Dart 15 as my 'fun' second boat to have a blast in.
I'm getting a bit braver and letting the windward hull come up a little, but what's the technique to keep it flying once it comes up?
Is it all just about the mainsheet and playing that? ....or is there a little more to it?
I'm having great fun with this boat and am aiming to be able to at least look cool by the time the Winter-Hibernator sailors come out again in April LOL
 
I'll probably drop more questions along the way as i learn more.
Not looking to race it (other than the odd club event now and again) just more for a blast with my girlfriend/friends etc.
 
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I've never sailed a Dart 15, I'm sure other here are more knowledgeable on the particular techniques for that boat but:
 
As you lift the hull the boat should accelerate due to reduction in drag, thus the apparent wind will move forward so as the hull lifts you should sheet in a little. Try to keep the hull no more than a couple of inches above the water, too high is not fast.
 
Unfortunately I don't think Dart 15s fly a hull downwind so you're missing out on the best fun Wink, enjoy it anyway.
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A Sprint 15 is underpowered compared to most cats inthe uk. This makes them great as a starter boat and there is an active and friendly class assocation which will encourage to start racing and stay with the class. Howevever if you want to fly a hull, take mate for a blast, or trapeze. You should consider moving on to a bigger, more modern cat. Some of these can be found quite cheep. If you do buy a cheep boat, sail it first to check all the bits are with the boat and if possible take a mate when you view the boat to stop you getting carried away.
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Don't tempt him! Lee will be dangerous enough as is...
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Oh Rupert...how rude sir! LOL  ..... the boat isn't pink though - ive had to invest in a whole new sailing wardrobe now! (All the Gear booked into BM by the way)
 
Single-Handed trapezing.....yep, that's another reason i bought it. That and the fact that the greater half can assist with Pimms O'Clock from the trampoline in the summer.
 
Thanks for the advice this far, more than happy to read as much as anyone wishes to impart.
Ive tried to get a response from the Sprint15 forum, but no reply to my login request.
 
 
 
 
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Sprint Bob on here is a dart 15 regular.... he'll be along shortly
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