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I was hugly excited by the Aero when it first appeared, not that I could afford a new boat of any flavour, but after 30+ years windsurfing I'm well aware of the penalties of light weight (Raceboards that were so fragile that at least a couple of people I know didn't race them at reservoirs 'cos the 'beach' was stony...... even though they were, technically, overweight) I decided that the Aero, while better in so may ways than a L@ser, was not for me. Like iGRF and his Solution I love the Blaze, it's not perfect (but what boat is) but it is light enough that I can pull it up a slipway after a hard days racing and it is a great boat to sail.

BTW Graeme, have you considered a Europe? 45kg, Carbon rig, any sailmaker you choose, incredibly tweakable and designed for lightweight sailors, what's not to like  Wink
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Fantastic thread drift! But I hate a floating trolley (Albacore) lake sailing

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Post Options Post Options   Quote 423zero Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 20 Mar 19 at 9:51pm
Plain or nylok nuts ? Plain nuts with a spring washer obviously. Main thing with aluminium is to insulate it from other metals.
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Originally posted by drifter

Fantastic thread drift! But I hate a floating trolley (Albacore) lake sailing


When I had a trolley that tended to float I part filled the tyres with water before inflating. A litre or so water in each made it just into negative buoyancy and easier to handle at launch and recovery.
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Originally posted by Cirrus

Yup - a hull which is 4.2m long and 1.95m wide. Same length as a Blaze and 55cm less beam.....but about a ton lighter!! (well actually about 20kg lighter for the hull only)

So perhaps we can look to you for a weight related adjustment to the handicap figures ... well that is surely what you are implying !   Must be 'fair'  .... Wink

BTW in reality Sam is not far out with his figures  but the wing system is around 7.8kg complete  ...... and without any doubt I'm definately keeping mine.  

The blaze does also have a 10m sail whereas the H2 is at 9.3m plus the H2 width is all hull whereas the Blaze gets a significant amount of its beam from racks so the wetted area of the blaze is smaller than for the H2. The Blaze is faster over the water than the H2 across a range of conditions in my experience of racing against them. I can normally finish ahead of a decent proportion of the blaze helms on the water let alone on handicap at the Great Lakes events but the best guys (like YOU!) are quite a way ahead both on the water as well as on handicap. I think its about right the offset.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote iGRF Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 21 Mar 19 at 9:48am
Originally posted by Noah


Originally posted by drifter

Fantastic thread drift! But I hate a floating trolley (Albacore) lake sailing

When I had a trolley that tended to float I part filled the tyres with water before inflating. A litre or so water in each made it just into negative buoyancy and easier to handle at launch and recovery.

There's some good thinking, why didn't I think of that? Clearly I'm losing it, of course, light bulb moment there sir, thanks, the problem is now solved.
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Originally posted by Sam.Spoons

BTW Graeme, have you considered a Europe? 45kg, Carbon rig, any sailmaker you choose, incredibly tweakable and designed for lightweight sailors, what's not to like Wink
Yes, I had, but one for sale has never crossed my path, indeed it was an excellent Europe sailor who narrowly missed Olympic selection that taught me to completely change direction in my body language dinghy technique and re-apply everything I knew from Windsurfing and since then I've had my eye open, but sadly they seem to be getting increasingly tatty and few and far between. I think planning for the next five years (Always like to have a five year plan) I think next stop is likely a Streaker, as decrepitude advances, hence my early attempts to soften them up with carbonisation questions.
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It's the tyres that wind me up, brand new and already full of cracks.
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Originally posted by iGRF

Originally posted by Sam.Spoons

BTW Graeme, have you considered a Europe? 45kg, Carbon rig, any sailmaker you choose, incredibly tweakable and designed for lightweight sailors, what's not to like  Wink
Yes, I had, but one for sale has never crossed my path, indeed it was an excellent Europe sailor who narrowly missed Olympic selection that taught me to completely change direction in my body language dinghy technique and re-apply everything I knew from Windsurfing and since then I've had my eye open, but sadly they seem to be getting increasingly tatty and few and far between. I think planning for the next five years (Always like to have a five year plan) I think next stop is likely a Streaker, as decrepitude advances, hence my early attempts to soften them up with carbonisation questions.


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Post Options Post Options   Quote Sam.Spoons Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 21 Mar 19 at 10:27am
Originally posted by Noah

Originally posted by drifter

Fantastic thread drift! But I hate a floating trolley (Albacore) lake sailing


When I had a trolley that tended to float I part filled the tyres with water before inflating. A litre or so water in each made it just into negative buoyancy and easier to handle at launch and recovery.

Ah, genius, spend 200 extra for a light weight trolly then fill the tyres with water to increase the weight  Clap

Actually my steel trolly floats (well, the end with the wheels on does).  Ermm
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