wind indicator

Discussion in 'Laser Talk' started by maverick, Jun 21, 2008.

  1. maverick

    maverick New Member

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    I am relatively new to racing lasers and I have seen some guys with wind indicators and some without. are they useful or not?
     
  2. John Gilmour

    John Gilmour Member

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    It all depends on whether you find them useful. If you can figure out the wind without an indicator, then skip it. Personally, I find an indicator very helpful, especially in light, shifty winds. Of course, light shifty conditions are when an indicator does not work especially well.
     
  3. Ross B

    Ross B Guest

    I won't sail without one
     
  4. Mattcm

    Mattcm Member

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    I think they are very useful downwind as it is good to know how far dw or by the lee you are sailing. I don't think they are essential but I sailed for a while without one but now that I have a wind indicator I am used to it and miss it when I don't sail with it.
     
  5. DK Sailor

    DK Sailor New Member

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    i think their worthless
     
  6. fracisco

    fracisco New Member

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    I like having the little flag on top of the mast for downwind. It is worthless upwind.
     
  7. Zoophyte

    Zoophyte New Member

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    Wow, those are some impressive arguments against the use of a wind indicator guys, you've completely convinced me.

    For Sale* - One pre-loved Black Max wind indicator which no longer indicates the apparent direction the wind is coming from. Paid $30 new, selling for $1.99 or may be willing to exchange for a crystal ball :rolleyes:

    * Note: This is not an actual offer for sale. I'm with Ross B. on this one, I won't sail without it.
     
  8. Levent

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    Very convincing this interesting conversation ...
     
  9. matt182763

    matt182763 pwner of n00bs

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    I love my indicator going downwind, extremly helpfull, going upwind is only helpfull if the wind is under 5kts
     
  10. Murphs

    Murphs New Member

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    I have found that I over-rely on the wind indicator if I use one, my results tend to be better when I don't use it and 'get my head out of the boat'.

    If I was ever to use mine again (It is still sitting in the garage from 4-5 years ago) it would only be in light and shifty winds, but it only has limited merits even then.

    If you have the presence of mind to ignore the wind indicator upwind and use it downwind (if you find it helps) then go for it. But personally I think I sail better without it
     
  11. maverick

    maverick New Member

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    thanks for all the advice guys. Ive been doing pretty well without one. I think its better to sail by "feel" rather than relying to heavily on instruments.
     
  12. Levent

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    I lost mine last week and I feel like something is missing. It looks like a personal decision to make, there is no NO and YES answer to this one it's only another tool to help like a car tachometer for instance, you don't need it but it could be useful too.
     
  13. sk8ingsailor

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    Mine got taken off by a rouge mainsheet, and ever since I have sailed without one. I also sail without tell-tails.
     
  14. maverick

    maverick New Member

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    I have tell tails on my sail but i find i do better when i dont look at them. Again I have found it is better to sail by feel and keep your head out of the boat.
     
  15. bjmoose

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    I've been sailing without one for the first year, but I find that sometimes I'm slow to notice big lifts. I'm going to add one to give myself one additional clue.

    Agree with those who say keeping head-out-of-the-boat is most important. Some of my biggest gains are when sailing downwind, when it seems like I'm the only one on the course to look behind me to see where the next puff is going to come from, and position myself to take advantage of it. This leads to those magic "presonal-turbocharger" passing lane effects and is always great to watch.
     
  16. sk8ingsailor

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    Especially when you smile and wave as you pass your competitors. :D:D
     
  17. the rising fish

    the rising fish New Member

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    Hey zoophyte, i wouldnt be talking, you're the one that has no life. What are you like a professional forum disser.
     
  18. Merrily

    Merrily Administrator Staff Member

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    What is the source of this anger? I found zoophyte's post in this thread to be ironically humorous. Contrary to popular belief, humor is allowed here. Saying that someone has no life, in anger, is bordering on a personal attack. That's not allowed here.
     
  19. Levent

    Levent Member

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    It's only a question: why do they say it's worthless upwind ?
     
  20. Levent

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    Zoophyte ! does the 1.99$ include the shipping ?
     

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