I can't believe I'm going to say this, but I think that the Laser would be a great boat to have for the advanced students to move into after sailing the Capri 14.2.Oh no, say it ain't so, Joe!But why?I really like the idea of having 3 different rigs. This makes the Laser more versatile than my former boat, the Force 5, and it will give the students some excitement sailing on the Bay.
Joe talks to a Kiteboarder. Joe to Kiteboarder:How long have you been kiteboarding? Kiteboarder to Joe:I've been kiteboarding for 5 years. Before that, I windsurfed for 20 years. Joe to Kiteboarder:Do you still windsurf? Kiteboarder to Joe:No! My buddies and I sold all our gear. Kiteboarding is a lot more fun and less work. Moral of the story:It's all about fun!
Yeah, yeah, yeah, I'm wearing my sailing instructor's hat. The Dabchick is a sailboat (...board...scow) used in South Africa to train youths after outgrowing Optis (Oppis). I think it would make a great trainer and a wonderful way for the groms to learn some boat building skills. How cool is it to sail a boat that you've built.
From Go Sail: "The Dabchick dinghy designed by Jack Koper of Cape Town, was launched in 1956 as a double handed junior class. The idea was a simple flat decked, no cockpit, scow with a planing hull that could be home built from a few sheets of ply.
The Dabchick dinghy has found great popularity with some 4 000 boats having been built since then. Fairly quickly adept juniors found they could handle the two sail configuration single handed, and that has been its niche for most of the class existence. The sail plan is of a genoa, sheeted on a tracked fairlead, and mainsail. A dagger-board sits in an extended case allowing for it to be raked back in a breeze and on a reach.
The broad scow hull gives the boat enormous stability for the ab initio sailor whilst also being exceptionally quick onto the plane. In comparison to similar junior classes of the Mirror and Topper it well out performs both boats on all points of sailing. Like all scows is prefers a slight heel when working to weather. Not drawing much water it is snappy through the tack, and quick off the mark once the genoa is trimmed in. On the reach they are exciting but kind, due to that beam again. It is not unusual to see youngsters going out in conditions over twenty knots to enjoy some screaming reaches. Down wind placing the hull on a slight heel, as on a beat, reduces wetted surface and the Dabchick dinghy scuttles effortlessly along like the wildfowl it is named after.
The restricted class allows for different masts and fitting of control systems that feed onto either side of the deck, which is a great entry point for future performance dinghy sailors. The class has also recently allowed the introduction of Mylar sails as well as the adoption of a loose footed mainsail."
The Monk By The Sea Location: Alte Nationalgalerie
Dimensions: 3' 7" x 5' 8" (1.10 m x 1.72 m)
Created: 1808–1810 | Media: Oil paint
Sea Shore in Moonlight(Küste bei Mondschein) Location: Kunsthalle, Hamburg Dimensions: 134 × 169 cm. Created: 1835–36. | Media: Oil paint.
Moonrise Over the Sea(Mondaufgang am Meer) Location: Alte Nationalgalerie, Berlin. Dimensions: 55 × 71 cm. Created: 1822 | Media: Oil paint
The Stages of Life(Die Lebensstufen)
Location: Museum der Bildenden Künste, Leipzig
Dimensions: 72.5 cm × 94 cm (28.5 in × 37 in)
Created: 1835 | Media: Oil Paint
Caspar David Friedrich was born in Greifswald, Swedish Pomerania, on the Baltic Sea. He was a 19th-century German Romantic landscape painter, generally considered the most important German artist of his generation. Friedrich is best known for his mid-period allegorical landscapes which typically feature contemplative figures silhouetted against night skies, morning mists, barren trees or Gothic ruins. His primary interest as an artist was the contemplation of nature, and his often symbolic and anti-classical work seeks to convey a subjective, emotional response to the natural world. Friedrich's paintings characteristically set a human presence in diminished perspective amid expansive landscapes, reducing the figures to a scale that, according to the art historian Christopher John Murray, directs "the viewer's gaze towards their metaphysical dimension."
Limit of Positive Stability or LPS is the angle from the vertical at which a boat will no longer stay upright but will capsize, becoming inverted, or turtled. It is also known as the Angle of Vanishing Stability or AVS. For example, if a boat with an LPS of 120 degrees rolls past this point, i.e. its mast is already at an angle of 30 degrees below the water, it will continue to roll and be completely upside down in the water. Most sailboats have lead or other heavy materials in their keel at the bottom of their hulls to keep them from capsizing.