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Post Options Post Options   Quote Medway Maniac Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 03 Nov 14 at 1:07pm
I wonder how vital hiking is at club level, starlite.  

Looking around, I see lots of people getting perfectly acceptable results without doing much more than perching with no load on the knees at all.  Currently rehabilitating my hip (broken in a bike crash), I'm finding the Miracle I'm borrowing seems to go just fine with me sat on the side.  I'd like to hike it, but am now not so convinced it would bring a lot, especially when the big gains are made by spotting wind shifts and gusts, and sailing in the right direction, something that is appreciably easier sat upright.

Frankly, I'd be more concerned about twisting my knee tacking, especially since I tore my cartilage on a Laser 2 and had to have an op. (21 years ago and all fine now with the right exercises).  I'd really urge you to get a good physio (or two) and learn a good set of exercises to develop the muscles all around the knee - the ones on the sides are small but critical, and easily overlooked.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote starlite617 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 08 Nov 14 at 4:08pm
Medway Maniac, Thanks for the reply. I left a lot out of my post - thought it was long enough anyway. I have had knee problems for 12 years plus and done loads of physio, on and off. Latest problem started 16 months ago and I have been doing exercises 6 days/week.
Don't believe that perching works in singlehanders.
I was hoping for information from someone who had had a knee replacement or knew someone. What advice did they receive from their ortho. surgeon (OS).  I cannot recall experiencing any twisting on my knee in any singlehander (Laser, Moth, 300, Vortex, Contender, Supernova). Can't believe that my OS made it up however. He is a great guy.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote Medway Maniac Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 08 Nov 14 at 11:17pm
The wider the beam. the less percentage difference hiking makes c.f. perching.  Thus while it may be de rigeur for a Laser, maybe it is less critical on a Blaze?
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Post Options Post Options   Quote wolfram Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 19 Sep 21 at 9:15am
Resurrecting old thread! I've been watching this video on building a hiking bench. https://youtu.be/W2aATp-QEa8


https://youtu.be/W2aATp-QEa8

Is this a good idea? Any thoughts?
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Post Options Post Options   Quote Cirrus Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 19 Sep 21 at 4:38pm
......maybe it is less critical on a Blaze

Not that you would notice !  Racing even at club level and certainly above requires the helm to 'use' the  width advantage or lose out to at least any other Blaze that does use it as intended.  The wing system does weight something like 8-9kg in total and there is obviously additional windage... so you need to use it or lose out.    It is however pretty comfortable and as someone who has had an occasional nagging knee problem following a motorbike accident several decades ago I rate it better than any other singlehander I have owned/raced... might be different for other folks of course.


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The difference between perching and hiking hard in a Blaze must be less than on, say, a Laser but it definitely makes a significant difference upwind. But it is much more comfortable than on most boats and, like Mike, I rate the Blaze the best boat I've ever owned.

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Post Options Post Options   Quote 423zero Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 21 Sep 21 at 2:29pm
A sailing physio told me that you should rotate from perch position, your butt should never be off the side, the weight of your legs will almost balance you, feet under the straps will do the rest. Always worked for me, never had knee pain since.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote sargesail Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 22 Sep 21 at 10:15am
One page and I can see an oft repeated fallacy twice….

It is true that you don’t have to hike a wide boat as much to make it sail…:

But the wider the boat the more it will magnify the competitive impact of hiking.
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