I just received an email the other day from customers Shawn and Jill - They recently took delivery of their new XCAT with Sailing Kit and RowMotion. It was snowing in Vancouver but a few days ago it hit 20 degrees and was like summer so they sent me a note after their first two outings and I wanted to share the pics and note. Thanks Shawn and Jill - I was smiling the whole time I read this. It feels good helping someone do something or get something that brings them happiness.
How are you? We are finally getting some sailing in. After the coldest February on record, it has warmed up in a hurry. Ten days ago it was -5C overnight and now it is over 20C during the day.
We have been out sailing a couple times now. Attached are some photos from yesterday (we played hooky from work as we wanted to enjoy the beautiful weather).
A couple comments:
+ The boat sails in very light wind. Even a couple knots seem to be enough to get it going.
+ It picks up speed very quickly. Good response and acceleration.
+ It’s fast. I’m a rookie sailor but was going the fastest I have gone on sail powered boat yesterday. I almost got one hull out of the water yesterday, but it scared me so I backed off.
+ It’s stable and we feel confident on it, even in choppy ocean.
+ We like the seats as a back rest with butt on the mesh. Comfy sailing that way.
+ It sits pretty high off the water, so we are not getting as wet as we thought we would.
+ It’s easy to get in and out of the water, even for one person. And even with full rig setup.
+ We managed to convince one of our dogs to sit on it and come for a ride. We are optimistic we can take the dogs to do some remote island camping, especially if we get a near silent electric motor.
+ The boat attracts a lot of attention when setting it up.
+ We find it very hard to tack. With two of us on the boat we haven’t yet figured out how to complete a single successful tack.
+ With just me on the boat, I have now completed 2 successful tacks. But just barely made it each time. Many unsuccessful before I managed to pull one off, and I think it was lucky wind help. Where I stand seems to make a big difference, the weight shift and the timing seem important. We are not getting it right yet.
+ We are having a hard time with the rowing. Neither of us has rowed before so we think some lessons are in our future. It’s harder than we expected to do well with good timing.
And overall, we are very happy with the quality of the boat. We think it is very well made and well thought out. We appreciate the value and understand something this well put together comes at a price. Now that we have the boat the price seems appropriate for the quality and engineering involved.
Thanks again. After a few more times with the boat we will review it on your website if you want.
More photos and videos to come if this helps your efforts. Thanks again.
Jill and Shawn