Monday, September 19, 2016

Beak Lake 2015

I put this video together from Labor day last year 2015. Bear Lake is my favorite place to sail in Utah. It is big, so you have lots of space and in the afternoons the wind picks up nicely, all of the ski boats run for cover and all of the sail boats go out. The water is blue and the beach is sandy.

For the past few years we have been going to Bear Lake with the Utah Sailing Association. They reserve camping on the 4th of July and Labor day every year at the Group Sites near Rendezvous Beach. The Camping there is awesome, with shaded, grassy tent camping, space for small RV and hot showers.

They normally hold some type of fun race in afternoon. On labor day this year we sailed to Garden City and back, about 17 miles on the water. You do a little tacking to get there, but by 1 or 2 pm the wind shifts and the trip back is a screaming reach.  This year I made the trip back with my wife and older kids. Lake waves where 3 or 4 feet and the wind was gusting 20+ mph. It was an awesome trip. I don't take my little guys out in those conditions, but its lots of fun for me and my teenage son.

Thursday, September 15, 2016

Places to Sail Across the Country

I found this great map posted on the Hobie Forums while looking for a place to launch my boat near Long Beach California.

Perhaps someone will find it useful, I did.

Saturday, June 25, 2016

Hobie Adventure Island

Well we sold the Open Bic, and replaced it with the Hobie Adventure Island.  The Open Bic was just to small and our kids are getting bigger so we decided to get them the Adventure Island Tandem. Unfortunately we may not be able to keep it either as our HOA is throwing a fit about us having two trailers.

The AI is a fun little boat. It can fit 4 kids as you can see and is easy for them to handle. The sail rolls up making it easy to leave on the beach on an overnight camp out. Set up only takes 5 min, significantly faster to set up than the Hobie Getaway, which takes me 20 min when I'm feeling ambitious. It is too big to car top easily so it requires a second trailer for us to take both boats to the lake. I was hoping to remedy this by building a custom trailer that holds both boats. We will see.

The biggest trick for them is getting the peddles in an out. The DVD that came with the boat said you can leave the mirage dives in when you beach the boat, but we found that was very likely to damage the drives.  So we have the kids pop out the drive when approaching the shore. With a little practice they could install the drives and remove them with no problem.

As far as performance goes the AI is a fun boat. It lacks the speed of the Getaway, On the other hand it is still usable when the wind is dead. It also makes a great fishing platform.