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Post Options Post Options   Quote Guests Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 28 Jul 17 at 9:11am
I had a sail in one at the Blaze Nationals. They seemed quick and when the wind blew looked very controllable. One very noticeable aspect is comfort. Much more depth in the cockpit and clearance when tacking. I suspect this will be one of those boats that quietly sells in steady numbers.
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I've seen a few of these out and about, nice looking hull but slightly too much freeboard to be "sleek" and the rig looks a bit awkward on the boat. Still probably a better bet than some of the other boats that have come out recently. I'd consider a sail in one. It looks a bit big for most of the people I've seen sailing it though.

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Us weedy people could do with a National 12 based version!
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Originally posted by laser193713

slightly too much freeboard to be "sleek"

A lot of this is down to essential design compromises. If you want a generous beam and decent roll tacking capability then its inevitable that you'll end up with a fair bit of freeboard, even more so if you've got flare on the topsides so the waterline beam isn't excessive. Otherwise the boat just collects a load of water on every tack.
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Originally posted by laser193713

I've seen a few of these out and about, nice looking hull but slightly too much freeboard to be "sleek" and the rig looks a bit awkward on the boat. Still probably a better bet than some of the other boats that have come out recently. I'd consider a sail in one. It looks a bit big for most of the people I've seen sailing it though.

To be fair to the Hadron, the Aero and D-Zero do sleek, the Hadron H2 has a high enough freeboard to keep your bum out of the water and allows your legs to stretch out.  Boom is high enough not to bang your head, and I suspect that the rig could be quite sweet if you have worked out the settings, particularly of the adjustable forestay, more than my couple of hours on a windy day allowed me to do.

What I can attest to, is that she is a dream to sail downwind on a windy day, gybes were approached with trepidation, but completed easily.  I can also attest that she is easy to right after capsizing following a fluffed tack.

Keith has targeted the Hadron at a quite tight niche of I would suggest; technical more mature sailors who are looking for a comfortable, relatively dry and non headbanging single hander with a Merlin like experience upwind, with some boat bimbling potential, something that he has achieved.

It ain't the cheapest single hander around, and the only reason I have not parted with the cash is there are not nearly 6000 of them around offering class racing and trips to Garda ... however I would still seriously consider a Hadron H2 when I no longer can be bothered to attend championships.

 

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Nice report from h2 on his H2. So all you gentlemen who have had a huge amount to say on this dinghy, come to the Hadron H2 Class association stand at the Dinghy show 3rd 4th March. I have been reliably informed there will be an H2 on the stand. Come and talk to the people who actually own one . It will be a pleasure to see you all. The Class is up to 30 boats now and increasing.
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