Many of my friends are curious as to how I took up with Moth sailing. It is true that it is an activity that many don’t find appealing. The Moth, especially the international designed boat is something that most sailors find hard to control.
If you want to experience a smooth sail in your Moth, you should first be a skilled sailor. You need a high level of dedication to master the sailing standard needed. An average experience in conventional model dinghies doesn’t count much.
To master sailing your Moth, you need to know how to control the sharp as a razor hulls in any type of sea condition. When you speed fast in the Moth, the exhilaration you get is unmatched.
I’d definitely say that the experience couldn’t be duplicated. Even after you think that you have finally mastered it, you will come up with a new method that increases the speed of the boat. Here are some tips that will help you to get over the beginner phase and move on to the expert level fast.
When you have your boat all rigged and ready, ensure that you have remembered everything. One important thing to note is having your bungs in. While this is a common procedure for any sailor experienced in dingy sailing, it needs to be done nevertheless. The control lines should have the right tension when you move away from the shore.
If you’re not much experienced, you will devote all your time in keeping the boat moving, so try to see to the details thoroughly before you start. Just as I took to Moth Sailing, I recently enrolled in a musical instrument class. I’m learning how to play the trumpet.
Trumpet is not a commonly used instrument and not many learn it. But I took up the challenge and am learning to master it sooner than expected. I bought my trumpet at http://www.trumpethub.com/, which is a one-stop shop for all models of trumpet. Now back to launching your Moth, it is safe to wait until you get the right launching conditions. This will help you gain more confidence and avoid any obstacles.
Start with the boat in a depth where it reaches mid-thigh level. A deeper level will prevent you from grabbing the foils. Place the centerboard into case and push it until it is about three quarters down and not touching the bottom. Now push down the rubber blade ensuring that the bow is facing the wind.
In case your boat has fixed mode of rubber it is best to capsize the boat and get the rudder fitted. Ensure that the water is deep enough so the rudder is clear of the bottom, while you right the boat. And don’t attempt to launch the boat by jumping over the side rail as the boat come up, as the boat will start moving in the opposite direction with head to wind getting you back to shore!
In the conventional dinghies, response of the boat is slowed down by the hull stability. But in Moth this does not happen, so sailors need to master quicker responses.