|A few things I learned at my first trimaran nationals in 2001.
|The tide happens once a day in Ft.Walton and goes out further than you think.
|Six people can move an F-31R off of a damp sand bar.
|It does get cold in Florida even in April.
|An 8 pound Danforth anchor has no business on an F-31R.
|One big anchor too many is just enough.
|Airx spinnaker cloth is strong enough to go shrimping without tearing.
|You have to point into the wind to haul 996 square feet of spinnaker out of the water.
|Tape the spinnaker snap shackle closed.
|A good bosun’s chair is a smart thing to have on board.
|David L has one, (and crew that will use it).
|Even people that live in Florida can get sunburned.
|This year the right side was wrong, but the middle was even worse.
|More mainsheet tension will help you go upwind (no, even more).
|Mainsheet controls the top mains’l tell tale, traveller controls the bottom.
|That black strap in the tool box is for mid boom sheeting.
|End boom sheeting causes too much mast rotation.
|I am glad I don’t have any through hulls.
|Wind speed is good to know.
|There are a lot of really nice people that sail F-boats.
|Some times those guys hanging around on the beach are really good crew.
|Roller furling jibs can be very fast, (and a lot less trouble).
|Top tell tales on the jib tell you when to adjust the jib lead.
|Steer to the leeward lower telltale on the jib, screacher, spinnaker.
|My boat is a lot faster than I am
|Steer from the windward net.
|There is no substitute for good crew.
|I could spend a lot more money on my boat.
|There is a whole lot more to learn.
|There are 3 West Marine Stores and at least one Boat U.S. within six miles of FWYC
|I can’t wait until next year.