Your obviously suffering from terminal Cackalackitis: a slow, debilitating IQ degeneration. I love you anyway.
If the tide is favorable this year through East Pass for the RTI start, I'll see you there. Last year I didn't think I would be able to get my widebutt, surface friction hog through there. That would have been embarrassing.
QUESTIONS ANSWERED BELOW BUT can be continued on www.windriderforum.com
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Those two Raves on Lake Santa Fe belonged to the two owners who were constantly fiddling to find better ways to fly sooner in less wind. And they did albeit with more controls that replaced the automatic leveling of the trim tabs. Those two boats were constant development mules. They weren't broken; just fettled to death. Doran gave up on his boat simply because he wanted to race and the Rave owners couldn't get together often enough to do so. So, he and Hollis went to A-Cats. I also have a Melges17. That doesn't mean I've abandoned the Rave. (It means my wife wanted something to do on a boat besides enjoy the ride so we have another boat on which she can handle the spin and jib. On the Rave, ain't nothing for her do do.)
FROM THE RAVE INSTRUCTIONS MANUAL:
For a stock Rave with no "Screacher" (assym. spinnaker):
Crew Weight: 120-160 lbs.
Boat speed needed: 10-12mph
Windspeed required: 10-11 knots.
If you add the screacher (97sq.ft.), liftoff can be accomplished MUCH sooner.
Crew Weight: 160-220
Boat speed needed: 12-13mph
Windspeed required: 11-12 knots
RAVE MANUAL IN ADOBE FORMAT:
For the complete chart on weight, speed, and windpseed needed for liftoff, go to this site on the Windrider Yacht Club, Rave forum, and click on the "Sticky" near the top of the list- "Rave Manual". http://www.windriderforum.com/phpBB2/viewforum.php?f=4&sid=5b6bc3389bc1fb7454e31946f781cad9
Click on "Rave Manual" (in Adobe .pdf format) and go to page 19 of 48 for the complete chart for a stock boat with main and jib.
Once again, that chart is for the STOCK boat. The addition of the Screacher makes a huge, and sometimes hairy, difference.
INSTRUCTIONS ON FLYING A RAVE:
See my article here: http://www.windriderforum.com/phpBB2/viewtopic.php?t=407&sid=08f86a7da220c2f250505d4545dc2dde
Pitchpoles are so rare in this boat that it's hard to find any owner that has experienced it but, a pitchpole is nothing more than a very slow motion ride up to almost vertical. No matter how fast you're going it's still a slow event.
I would not fly with a small child until you are an experienced pilot. The reason is that the crew seat is just aft of a vertical frame strut. IF you pitchpole, there is a chance that the child would slide out of the seat into the strut. They wouldn't slide quickly but it's not something you want to deal with. Then, again, a child would more than likely hold on to the coaming for dear life and would be safe. I've wire tied a foam noodle around that strut. Don't take anyone flying until you've done a bit yourself. It's intuitive for an experienced sailor. A pitchpole is rare but it is no more disconcerting than a capsize but on the Rave it's not easy to recover by yourself as easily as it is on a catamaran. That's why there haven't been many pitchpoles. Once you see your bows digging, well, you know what to do unless you're new to sailing.
One good thing about the Rave and the TriFoiler is that the crew/passenger is safely ensconced within the hull. No need to worry about chasing errant small bodies that may fall off the edge.
THE BIGGEST SAFETY RISK AROUND A RAVE...
..is those foil edges. They are sharp and they are usually out of sight to feet walking around the boat. They will slice through shoes and into flesh. Almost all the time the flaps are flat on the bottom of the lake/beach but if one is upturned it's like a knife edge waiting to be stepped upon. When people are around the boat, make sure they are aware of the sharp edges on the flaps and the vertical foils.
NOT A SURF PUNCHER:
The Rave is not a surf puncher. Don't launch into a surf more than three feet high. The outer hulls, the amas, are long and slender and a big cross wave can bend one in the forward section. Just use common sense. There is an owner in Hawaii. I suppose he's careful.
I'VE HIT THE BAR AND I CAN'T GET UP:
We've had two owners who have hit a sandbar at 25mph+. (Read the chart before you go out. "What chart?") One boat was unscathed. The other needed a new beam and, I think, new foil. Total cost for the foil complete is about $300US. I don't know what the new beam cost but it's not exorbitant. Try running another boat up on a bar at that speed and see what's left to salvage. I've sailed with one Rave that had a slightly bent main beam and it flew just fine. It was odd that he was getting up just as easily as I was in my new boat. His port beam must have had a seven degree bend aiming toward the rear.
HELMETS AND A BIKINI ON BOARD ADD BOATSPEED:
A few guys have worn Gath helmets. Is it needed? Well, would it be a good idea to have a helmet on a cat? Probably so but you weigh the risk. That begs the question of also wearing rib protection of some sort when out in the trap on a cat. Is it needed? Maybe.
IT'S ALL SANDY. DOES IT STILL WORK?
You can pack sand and dirt into the trim tabs/flaps mechanism and they are completely not affected. Hard to believe until you've lived with the boat. I live where sugar sand gets everywhere. The tiny grains, shells, rock bits, never have hindered the hinges or control mechanisms. They are constantly being washed with the water action.
THE ONLY UPGRADE THAT IS NEEDED:
The only upgrade needed for the Rave is the "Doran foil uphaul" which is named after it's inventor, Doran Oster, and is simply a way to retract the heavy foils from the ****. See my site for the most advanced (over designed?) version of the uphauls. http://home.earthlink.net/~deanrdh/deanhubbardsravetrimaranpage/
ADD A JOYSTICK FOR MORE CONFUSION:
I would not recommend the joystick manual control for each flap on the ama foils. The stock automatic leveling works perfectly. The manual controls experiment by three of the owners proved the manual controls able to point a little higher and to liftoff a little sooner but with an already busy **** it's asking too much for a pilot with only two hands and feet. Write Doran at doranoster.com for complete details. See that website for his experimental projects.
FOR YA'LL LIVING IN THE COLD:
For a boat in Rhode Island that's a good price. Check the transom CLOSELY to see if really cold weather has caused the plastic hull and aluminum frame to cause the crack due to different coefficients of expansion. The HD Poly is easily repaired but boats in the north should not be left in a really cold environment. How cold? We don't know but it was a problem with one owner in Maine, with a lawyer, who effectively helped kill production of the Rave. ("My boat leaks and I'm gettin' all WET! I coulda been killed! I'm gonna sue the bastards!") Just weld the crack back together and don't leave the Rave in the cold when the temp drops into the teens and below.
WHEELING IT AROUND:
Catrax are available for the Rave. On the Windrider yacht club site there are also pics of homemade wheels attached to the foils enabling the boat to be moved around on the asphalt parking lot. I think it's an Aussie or NZ owner that did that.
I would recommend visiting the Windrider Yacht Club forum because the suffering cat sailors here have read all this before. www.windriderforum.com