Hi all, just some basic questions really, after being new to canoes this year and having spent a couple of months in the boat now im planning my updates to the boat before the training weekend/nationals, any advice would be much apprieciated, and maybe let a few people know there are some keen newcomers?
The dancefloor: currently has pads of progrip stuck onto 2k paint. so grippy bits with slippy bits in between, which has lead to simply falling off in more windy conditions. are people using large sheets of progrip to cover the whole area Contender style? or just painting the area with something like International Interdeck? guess the latter would be cheaper and wouldnt peal off after a couple of sails?
tacking: Ive got myself into a bit of a bad routine possibly here, in the lighter winds esp im sliding the seat over after the boat has come back into the wind. This seams to work for me up untill a blow maybe F3 and up, above which im just struggling to get the boat through the wind without it falling over, usually to windward on the origional tack. There is another canoe at my club a Razorback AC which races occasionally and he has his mainsheet mounted on the front of the seat carriage. this seames to make sence but obviously there is an issue with the sheeting angle on the boom, any thoghts on this? (im tacking standing up/running around the back). Is there anybody who has the mainsheet on the front of the carriage? and is my pulling the seat out after the tack just wrong and i need to get out of the habbit asap?
Trim: At first i found that the carriage shuffles backwards ending up around the middle of the tracks due to the angle of the mainsheet to the boom and had to kick it forward turing tacks. A couple of weekends ago in a nice F3 which had me leading the allcomers fleet of 30 and coming 2,3,4 on handicap i found on a gusty tight reach that i was nosediving quite dramatically, so after that i installed a 2:1 sytem for pulling aft and another for moving forward, after one race i ditched the forward system but still have the aft system with the idea that if i come off a windward mark in wind im unlikely to be able to get to the centre of the boat to pull the carriage aft but may be able to grab the control line and at least yank myself aft a bit. however last weekend in a F4 with gusts F5+ (in which i had absolutely no control of the boat and was beaten to every mark of the one lap i managed by a solo
) with the carriage right aft i was still having a major nosediving issue, eventually resulting in an almost full cartwheel at the end of the seat and fully aft. Is this possibly to do with my rig settup or is it just me being a novice and well above my technique level?
anyway rant over! there are so many more things but ill spare you!
Chris IC 193