Powerboat lake sailing

Discussion in 'Sunfish Talk' started by Kelly Nowaczyk, Jun 17, 2017.

  1. Kelly Nowaczyk

    Kelly Nowaczyk New Member

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    Unfortunately I live on a lake with a lot of powerboats. I'm haveing some issues with getting in the middle of the lake where the best wind is. It's very hard because when I set up my sail and put it into the water by the shore I can't really control the boat because the wind is getting caught up on docks and shore stations. That pushes the boat all over. Every time I go out it's very hectic because the boat goes all over the place, hitting boats and rafts. Has anyone had this problem? Can I paddle out then set up the sail in the middle of the lake?
    Thanks
     
  2. mixmkr

    mixmkr Active Member

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    Yes... I think the other bost owners might appreciate that too. :)
     
  3. Light and Variable Winds

    Light and Variable Winds Well-Known Member

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    That's what I do.

    Since you live on a lake, you might check out these possibilities:
    Launching Off a Dock in Medium to Heavy Air | SailingForums.com
     
  4. beldar boathead

    beldar boathead Well-Known Member

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  5. baseman

    baseman On the Water

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    I've run into similar issues but fortunately, the lake I sail on has a boat ramp that is in a channel (no wake zone). This allows me to get away from shore, raise the sail and head for the middle of the lake before the wakes are an issue. If you can point the bow into the waves (regardless of where the wind is coming from) you won't bounce around as much.
    Or, you could go up and sail with LVW after labor day when most of the power boats have gone home.
     
  6. beldar boathead

    beldar boathead Well-Known Member

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    I re read his/her post. Sounds like the collisions may be with anchored boats.
     
  7. baseman

    baseman On the Water

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    BB, good point. Sounds like paddling out of the mooring field before the sail is raised is the best option.
     

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