I'm going to try to switch to a Reactor and see if it helps me. My
(brand new) Da Kine seat harness buckle won't work with a Reactor. I'm
going to go to Da Kine in Hood River tomorrow and ask for another buckle
that will work with a Reactor.
Have you ever had a reactor break on you, or heard of it? The guy who
sold me my gear, who's an expert Gorge sailor, says he doesn't like
reactors and doesn't use them, only because they always break on him,
once even hurting his hand. Then again, this guy sails in 50mph gusts.
> I think you'd learn more quickly on a larger board, due to greater TOW
> On the Water), fewer balance hassles, reduced roundup tendency, and
> lull resistance. Bigger boards are cheap in your area, and there are
> probably more winds in a season there suitable to bigger boards than
> to a
> 103 liter board, especially at your skill level.
> If you could get more TOW by hooking in while standing straight up to
> relieve your arms (by using longer lines and/or lower booms), by all
> do so. TOW is crucial at your stage. I can stand straight up and hook
> (using care to avoid the weight on my feet going negative), yet still
> with both feet in both REAR straps on boards that have two rear strap
> positons. Yes, that means a wedgie when slogging, so if I see a need
> extended slogging I lower the booms. But time spent unhooked is also
> educational because it gives you a better feel for what the sail is
> That's where Reactor bars help. By not letting the lines grab the hook
> hide harness line misplacement, they let us both better feel what the
> is trying to do and better fine tune our sheeting angle while letting
> harness carry the whole sailpower load. It's like the best of both
> worlds: greater rig feel becaused of no hook friction and no net force
> our arms because the pulley is supporting rig pull even while you
> sheeting angle. At your stage you're sawing the rig back and forth
> crazy as you change sheeting angle dynamically to maintain control and
> balance. I can't imagine using muscles (to detension the harness
> rather than gravity and hardware and a pulley to hold up the rig while
> constantly changing sheeting angle. And with your aggressive attitude,
> you'll be B&J sailing soon, meaning CONSTANT changes in sheeting
> meaning you'll need something other than muscle to carry the
> WHILE you're constantly sawing the booms back and forth.
> MIke \m/
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