Re: P-15 not as stable as I thought?
Mon, 9 Aug 1999 14:25:30 -0700

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While sailing singlehanded and testing a self-steering setup, I stood on
the bow of my P14, with one hand on the mast, and "played pirate," showing
off for anyone that might be watching. The boat maintained its course and
felt solid. Maybe I was just lucky. My boat is about 100 lb heavier than
the newer P15s, so perhaps that makes a difference. Normally I use Geoff's
method and stay low.

Wish I could be at Tahoe this weekend so I could do a jig on the foredeck
for you, Geoff.

P14 #234

>In a message dated 8/9/99 9:46:40 AM Pacific Daylight Time,
> writes:
>> If I can sit on the bow, using common sense and good judgement, well then
>> just
>> about anyone could.
>There's a key word here. Sit. Yes, with the board down you can safely sit
>on the bow. I keep my anchors (two danforths) on the bow pulpit. I've got
>too much stuff in the cockpit already to even consider keeping an anchor and
>chain under my feet. I have gone forward in very rough water to drop the
>anchor. BUT the board is always down and I crawl. I keep my weight as low
>as possible, stay in the center and brace myself well when going forward.
>Once I've done what I have to do, I get back to the cockpit, crawling or at
>least sliding along on my butt, keeping my weight as low as I can. I will
>admit I've gone forward without a PFD, but only when there is no air movement
>and the water is glassy. I would not go forward without a PFD in any
>conditions which I would not mind swimming in. Standing on the foredeck of a
>P-15 is asking for trouble. Chances are it would be just you falling
>overboard. If you where to fall overboard and fight it by holding onto the
>forestay or mast, I imagine you could pull the boat over. Never tried that.
>Probably won't.
>Those that compare the stability of a P-15 to a P-19, you can't. They are
>different boats. Perhaps you can stand on the foredeck of a P-19 and play
>"pirate," but you can lift a P-15's 2HP motor with one hand and stash it
>easily in the trunk or lay it on the floor of the cockpit for a long road
>trip! So there.
>RE: Tahoe sail. The weather is still yucky today at Lake Tahoe, but the
>forecast for the weekend looks fantabulous! It looks as though we will be
>enjoying days in the mid-70's to low 80's and evenings in the 50's. I will
>keep y'all posted as to what the weather is looking like so that you can pack
>accordingly. Do be sure to at least bring a sweatshirt for the evenings, or
>a light jacket. If you're sailing a P-15 and plan on doing a jig on the
>foredeck, I'd suggest a wetsuit :-)
>P-15 Lollipop
>N. Lake Tahoe, NV