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    Posted: 06 Jan 12 at 10:27am
Being new to sailing I've got plenty of questions, most of them stupid, so here's the first of today's.

Why do some people dangle their arse over and down the side or a dinghy (such as a laser), is there a performance gain to be had?

Apart from damage it does your knees surely it must make it more difficult to get back into the boat than if you had your weight the same distance from the center point but higher up?

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This is just poor technique and often called poo hiking.
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Ah, so it's a habit I don't want to fall into then.  Cheers.
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Styles come and go.  Pre Laser days it was common to drop down the side of the boat and hike with the thigh against the outside of the boat.  This requires a lot more freeboard than the Laser's got, and is only any good at sea where the wind isn't going to be shifting a lot as its difficult to get back in the boat again.  Lasers haven't got enough freeboard for this and it was soon found that 'straight leg' hiking got your body further outboard.  This technique is now much more common on all boats, even where the cockpit depth means the legs are still very bent at the knee.  Dropping your arse further down just means your legs are becoming tired, or your toe straps are getting loose!  I usually tack when my legs get too tired!
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You have a blaze - you don't want to be in the habit of hiking out  Tongue

Kidding.  I think most blazes have their toe straps too far inboard to get a drop hike, they more or less encourage a straighter leg technique.
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Pre Laser days it was common to drop down the outside of the boat so your thigh was against the topside.  It was reasonably comfortable but difficult to get back in the boat again, so only really any good at sea when the wind was steadier. There's not enough freeboard to do this on a Laser and it was soon found that 'straight leg' hiking got your body further outboard.  This technique is now more common on all boats and arse dangling proabaly means your legs are getting tired or the toestrap's too lose.  I usually tack when my legs are getting tired!
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knee wrecking sh1t-boxes...
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Originally posted by rogue

knee wrecking sh1t-boxes...


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Originally posted by PeterV

I usually tack when my legs are getting tired!
 
Brilliant tactician!
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Post Options Post Options   Quote G.R.F. Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 04 Mar 12 at 8:09pm
That arse danglng technique should be banned,  what's the rule no, is it 69 (should be) ungentlemanly conduct, bringing the sport into disrepute.
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