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    Is using a paddle cheating?

    That's good advice about driving to a lake more worthwhile for better winds. I do plan to go check out other areas. For now I'm a little hesitant because i have almost no experience. I'd like to get a little more comfortable and experienced at my local lake first where there is almost no other...
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    Is using a paddle cheating?

    No i don't have a dolly and probably couldn't lift the whole thing by myself. If i could get close to a beach i could probably lever it down off my trailer by myself. Where do you go? The only places i have figured would be good for sailing near me besides this lake are Quinsigamond...
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    Is using a paddle cheating?

    My 4th time out today went much better but that mostly had to do with different direction of wind. It was a light south wind so i was actually able to put the sail up to start and just slowly float out on a run. I did so some padding too just in case. I kept daggerboard up, and sat on rudder...
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    Is using a paddle cheating?

    mixmkr and whitecap, thanks for suggestion of swimming it out, but the tall weeds in this lake would give me the willies if they touched my legs. They're all over the place like a mine field. I believe I would completely freak out.:eek: Good suggestion for another lake though. I hadn't thought...
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    Is using a paddle cheating?

    Andy I've been meaning to reply to your post for several days now. Thanks so much for such a detailed response. Looks like lots of good info here. I will definitely try some of these techniques.
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    Is using a paddle cheating?

    I have tried the but-cheek method once before and maybe that's what i should do from now on. But i thought i heard someone say somewhere that they paddled with just centerboard down to provide some direction so i thought i'd try it out. But they may have been paddling from the front of the boat...
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    Is using a paddle cheating?

    Update- my 3rd time out and still struggling with north wind pushing me into the small cove I am launching from. No improvement!!! :( Put sail up and tried paddling out into the wind but was not able to overcome the headwind (which was light I think <5mph, and I think mixmkr mentioned this could...
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    Is using a paddle cheating?

    I have the yellow telescoping one shown above which is what i was using in my original post. I don't think mine is the highest quality though because one of the extensions is already "tough" to insert or extend. I paid almost nothing for it but it should be good enough to get the job done for...
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    Preferences on rigging the daggerboard (disliking the Brummel Hooks).

    mixmkr, i'm glad you questioned it. I was almost going to ask if it was meant as a joke. :confused: But i guess apparently there is a 3rd way to rig it. Which shows how i know almost nothing. I have used the Halyard for pulling the sail on a run already. I would think using the daggerboard...
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    Preferences on rigging the daggerboard (disliking the Brummel Hooks).

    I've only owned the boat a couple weeks so far but if there is one thing i am dying to change already it's the daggerboard rigging. The guy i bought it from had pretty much everything else setup nicely. But my wooden daggerboard has a long bungie that goes through the bow handle and back then...
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    Is using a paddle cheating?

    Thanks everyone for all the encouragement. Just wanted to make sure there was no easier way that i wasn't able to think of. I like the idea of getting a Jet Ski tow or having an anchor line to pull myself out on, however Jet Skis are illegal at my lake and I'm pretty sure installing my own buoy...
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    Is using a paddle cheating?

    Thanks Webfoot. That makes me a feel a little bit better. The lake is close by and great for sailing (wide and deep) but the boat ramp is probably in THE worst possible place you could put if for launching a sail boat. Fine for motorized boats. Hopefully I've got the idea now and will paddle out...
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    Is using a paddle cheating?

    Newbie. Just got my sunfish a couple weeks ago. Been out to lake twice so far. The first time was fine but winds were light and variable so it was painfully slow at times, still I enjoyed it. Second time out was probably around 5-6mph and I had a lot more fun once i was able to get out and...
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