Thursday, June 12, 2014

Open Bic Sailing on Yuba Lake Utah

I picked up this fun little sail boat called an Open Bic for my kids. Over all I'm really happy with it. It is easy for kids to sail and most importantly it is easy for them to right.  It doesn't hold much weight and is a little crowded for big guys like me. It's just right for my 12, 10 and 7 year old.

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Adding a rack to your beach cat trailer.

last year I had the idea to add a rack to my Hobie trailer to carry extra gear. Going camping and sailing with my wife and 4 kids, I  use every inch of space in my Suburban and trailer. I came across this rack and thought it looked perfect to adapt to my Hobie trailer. I picked up the rack from Harbor Freight for about 60 bucks using the 20% off coupon that one receives in the Sunday paper.

Instead of using the black piece of 2X2 steal tube that comes with the kit, I mount it to the tongue of my trailer. This required new hardware and drilling new holes in the rack to extend the two top brackets. You also need to drill a few holes in the trailer tongue. Drilling holes in steal is very easy if you also pick up some step bits and oil your bits as you drill. These bits cost about 13$ at Harbor Freight.
The end result is a handy universal rack that is sturdy and easy to install. I can carry two coolers perfectly on this rack and it frees up a lot of space in the back of my Suburban.

Monday, May 19, 2014

Stepping the Hobie Getaway Mast Solo

I've seen lots of questions about the proper way of raising ones mast solo . I came across a video of someone at Hobie doing this on an only  Hobie 16 so I thought I would give it a try. My normal method form stepping my mast isn't that different from this except I have my son or wife attach the for-stay pin.

To do this you need an extra shackle attached to your for-say adjuster. You then attach your jib line to the for-stay and use the jib line to hold the mast in place while your attach the pin.


Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Summer 2014 the Ice is Cracking

Well summer is soon upon us, even here in the mountain states. I haven't uncovered by Hobie, but I'm thinking I'll dust it off in one more week and take it out for a spring sail.  I wanted to do a quick post in hopes of getting back in the habit.

If you need an a sailing buddy Utah to get you motivated check out this organization.

I have to be honest I haven't gone out and meet them myself, but they sponsor several regattas through out the summer as well as do a yearly sailing / camping trip at Bear lake. I have meet a few of them and they are good people .