Launching

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How you start from the shore depends on the direction that the wind is coming from relative to the shore.

Before you head out, make sure that you are in deep enough water so that the centerboard is about ½ way down, and the rudder is fully down.

Launching with the breeze coming straight off the water

With the mainsheet eased and the boat pointing into the wind, move alongside the boat, and push the nose so that the wind is now coming over the side of the boat that you are standing on (angle the boat so that it is about 30° from the wind).

Then quickly jump on board, place your backside on the side of the hull and your feet in the center near the hiking straps, grab the tiller in your back hand, and the main sheet in your front hand.

While aiming the tiller straight, pull on the sail a little so that it catches some breeze, and you should start moving forward.

Launching with the breeze coming straight off the land

This is the hardest direction of wind direction to launch from.

With the mainsheet eased and the boat pointing into the wind, move alongside the boat, and push the nose so that the wind is now coming over the side of the boat that you are standing on (angle the boat so that it is 90° from the wind).

If the wind is favoring 1 direction (ie. Is coming off the land a little more one way than the other, and you have enough room), then point your boat in that direction.

Then, as above, quickly jump on board, place your backside on the side of the hull and your feet in the center near the hiking straps, grab the tiller in your back hand, and the main sheet in your front hand.

While aiming the tiller straight, pull on the sail a little so that it catches some breeze, and you should start moving forward. Make sure the boat doesn’t come up into the breeze, as you will run aground.

However, be careful not to pull away too quickly, otherwise, you may capsize.

Launching with the breeze coming parallel to the shoreline

This is the easiest direction to launch from.

With the boat pointing into the wind, move alongside the boat that the shore is on, and push the nose so that the wind is now pointing out into open water. Then quickly jump on board, grabbing the tiller in your back hand, and the main sheet in your front hand.

While aiming the tiller straight, pull on the sail a little so that it catches some breeze, and you should start moving forward.


For your 1st sail, you might find it best to have a few runs out and back, just to build up your confidence and to get the feel of the boat. Try and steer in a relatively straight direction, with the wind coming from 90° to the boat.

If a bit of a gust comes along, try and keep the boat flat by leaning out, hiking your backside closer to the side of the boat, putting your feet under the hiking straps so that you can lean out further. If you struggle to keep the boat flat, let off some of the mainsheet, which will de-power the sail and keep the boat balanced.

If there is a lull in the breeze, you may need to move your weight inboard so that the boat doesn’t roll over on top of you.

Keep a watchful eye over your shoulder every few seconds, watching for discolorations on the water, so that you know in advance what the wind is doing and you can allow for it and respond more quickly.

 

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4 Comments

  1. Darran on September 19, 2016 at 10:57 am

    Do I need a trailer and dolly if I’m doing it alone or would the trailer suffice.
    I can’t get this on and off my car alone.

    • Admin on September 19, 2016 at 11:36 am

      Hi Darran
      If you are by yourself, then I would think it’s best to use a dolly. I have not tried without a dolly, but would imagine any other way would be tricky.
      I am not sure how you would be able to get the boat off the trailer if you were on your own without a dolly, without damaging the underside of the dinghy. Plus at many lakes you can’t drive all the way down to the water’s edge, so pushing the trailer around by hand may be difficult.
      If you don’t even have a trailer (or dolly) and were thinking of carting the hull on roof-racks, then this makes it even more difficult. The hull weight is about 60kg/130lb, and it would be very awkward to lift by yourself. With 2 people it would be ok, but on your own, you’d struggle.
      Hope that helps a little.
      Cheers
      Brendan

  2. Simon keeble on April 17, 2018 at 3:48 am

    How do you put the laser on the launching trolley with an on shore wind as you can’t take the sail down unless you take it out of the hole i.e. De rigging the boat Ir taking the sails down?

    • Admin on April 21, 2018 at 3:37 pm

      Hi Simon
      Thanks for your question.
      I’m not 100% sure which part you are having issues with, so I’m sorry if I don’t fully answer your question.
      If you have not done so already, you can until the figure-8 knot in the end of the mainsheet rope and let it run through the blocks. This will allow the boom to swing all the way around and actually end up pointing towards the bow of the boat.
      This should make it easier to handle the dinghy in an onshore breeze.
      Hope that helps.
      Regards
      Brendan

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