Back To Basics: Beginning Sailors Become Familiar With Your Hobie Cat

One of our favorite magazines to read is “Small Craft Advisor”. If you haven’t seen it, you need to check it out. There is a whole world of information in each magazine. In the May/June 2010 issue, they interviewed expert sailor, Howard Rice.

Howard Rice and his canoe Sylph in the waters of Micronesia

Rice is famous for sailing small boats in numerous offshore excursions. He has had his fair share of adventures. Here is a snippet from his we wanted to pass along.

Rice commented “If you are new to sailing be aware of putting your feet or hands on or in lines lying on deck and remember the boom has probably injured more sailors than any other single piece of onboard equipment.”

How true this is. On our Hobie we often joke about our “line management”. It’s a constant battle to keep the lines on the tramp from getting tangled with each other and with our feet. The boom (the heavy pole that swings horizontally from the mast) has given me plenty of headaches over the years.

Good Tips from a good sailor. Thanks Howard.

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