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On the other hand large boats - like the Boss - respond slower than little boats and a trapeze is much gentler on the body and particularly the knees than a sitting-out boat, and to cap it all an asymmetric is a lot easier (and interesting) than a conventional kite.  So the idea of a 1 string Boss is a good one.  I've not sailed one so this is a bit of supposition.  But I do sail a 4000 and I used to crew a 400.  A 400 I found absolutely knackering in a breeze because its sitting out, hard, upwind and down and almost as much effort at kite hoisting.

The only thing that's hard work for the helm in a 4000 is righting the thing (and it does capsize easily).  I guess the Boss is going to be similar, except the carbon rig might help, but I recall the 400 was one hell of a stretch to the centre board from the water, even if it didn't capsize quite so much.

Yeah, I think there's a future in a 1 string Boss.

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Originally posted by redback

A 400 I found absolutely knackering in a breeze because its sitting out, hard, upwind and down and almost as much effort at kite hoisting.


Dunno, I jump up the sharp end of 400s regularly and its an awful lot easier to pace the old bones. I just don't straight leg hike for much beyond the first twenty yards off the startline:-). And that little baby kite seems to nip up and down in a couple of pulls.
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for an expansive comparison spread sheet check out...

http://www.contractsolutions.net/J18/jn-18_comparison.html

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WHy not get the transom ballast to heave up the kite? - he can chuck the tiller extension to the crew on the wire and then heave away on the halyard.

Helms always used to do the halyard on pole kites - tell them to stop being so lazy and get on with it...

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The problem with a single wire boat for the larger person is that it will always pay to have a larger crew and smaller helm because on the wire is the right place to put the weight. Making me think that racks and two hiking might be the better option
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Big boys B14 then ?  Perhaps with a chute though and perhaps a centreboard to go with the armchairs (but extra strong wings !)  However the thread was looking for a single-wire big boys (alright 'persons' then) modern asymetric.

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