Hey everyone,

 

      Been pulling my hair out waiting for wind. Got bit by the sailing bug pretty bad and am anxious to keep going. I did get used gear, and figured I could tweak it up while I wait for the wind. Looking to see what you all have suggestions for rigging rope, and where to buy.

 

      Also.......I want to regrip both my booms. I have seen a couple of kits on-line.....but want to see what you all suggest. It doesn't look like it would be something out of my capability, but I don't like to assume.

 

     One more thing.......any areas around Charlotte where you all wind skate? I'm going to drill my skateboard and attach the universal like the ones I see on-line......would like to see where I can sail that rig. Thanks everyone!

 

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Comment by Paul DaSilva on September 23, 2011 at 3:55pm
I have windfinder as an app on my phone and check it everyday just praying for some wind to get back out there! I'll be there somewhere early afternoon. I'm planning on bringing my 123L board and my 5.1 sail......... how's that all sound? I've been trying to find a larger board to buy so I can use my 8.0 sail for all those light wind days.....even sailing at two knots would keep me satisfied as long as I get more water time so when the wind blows........ I'll be ready!
Comment by Alan White on September 23, 2011 at 3:32pm
Good eye, Paul!  No doubt somebody will be at Ramsey Creek. I'll probably have to be a work.
Comment by Paul DaSilva on September 23, 2011 at 3:27pm
Awesome..... will have to look that up!! Just the forward half of each boom I have need some covering up. I figured that not only can I take care of my used stuff and make it loom good again.......but I'd be learning my gear also. I'm just trying to learn as much as possible so I can be fully independant and not have to bug anybody for help. Winds for Monday look like they will be from the south blowing northeast........anyone going to be on the water?
Comment by Chuck Anderson on September 23, 2011 at 9:18am
 I've never done a full re-grip on booms, fun foam from any hobby shop does well for minor jobs. Alan is right, Blythe Landing is great on north winds & there is very little traffic in the winter. Ramsey creek is ok in S/W, but it's very tight. W.W. Flowe Park in Concord is good in any thing from East Thru Southwest. At any place, watch for gravel crashes can be epic, best to bring a push broom.  
Comment by Alan White on September 21, 2011 at 8:57am

I've never re-gripped my booms so I can't answer that. Some have. Perhaps they'll chime in.

As far as skatesailing, like windsurfing, it kind of depends on the wind direction. You obviously want a parking lot as clear as possible. I, personally, like East Lincoln High School on the weekends. It sits atop a hill and has a nice bowl shape to it. We used to skatesail at Blythe Landing in the winter when it blows from the north and there are few vehicles. I've seem Chuck do it at Ramsey Creek. There are also some huge parking lots in South Charlotte. 

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