Got a session or two on a Musto!!!

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Got a session or two on a Musto!!!

Postby southseasailor » Thu Jul 14, 2011 11:20 am

Hi there, currently at Minorcasailing/Menorca for a few days sailing. At home I have an RS700 that I got about a year and half back...was tempted by the Musto but the 700 won out purely for budget reasons.

So far I can trapeze ok, which is necassry unless you want to sail these types in light winds:) and have got as far as using the kite while on the wire too, quite a challenge in itself. I have never had any tuition, a there are simply no performance assymetric sailors where I live! (Falkland Islands)

Quite impressed with the Musto though, very tippy to begin with. but take it this is because my weight, when on the deck, is that much more above the waterline compared to the 700; which has that nice cosy 'cockpit' area. Found that on the wire, upwind the Musto is a very smooth boat, got as far as using the kite but only in 'chicken mode' ie sitting out on the rack:) didnt want to get in anyones way...not used to so many boats on the water...only have one other boat on the water at home...and thats on the odd occasion.

Its certainly one of the quickest boats at the centre, but a session on an RS800 too. Wouldnt rush to buy one as getting crew would be nigh on impossible.

Hmm, quite a challenge is the Musto. Might have to get one someday:)

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Re: Got a session or two on a Musto!!!

Postby paul manning » Thu Jul 14, 2011 1:36 pm

Sounds like you are having some fun. It must be warmer in Menorca than the Falklands...

The tippyness you refer to most likely comes from the difference between sailing with a fully battened sail against a soft sail. The mainsail jumps between full power and no power far more noticeably and hence acceleration comes on quicker.

Sitting the wing is OK, but you'll be surprised if you can wire from the hull alone the speed and stability builds and can be more comfortable than sitting on the wing.
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Re: Got a session or two on a Musto!!!

Postby southseasailor » Thu Jul 14, 2011 11:54 pm

Ah, that makes sense about the sail types. The RS800 I had a go on was quite 'soft' but looking at its main its a larger version of the 700.
The Musto was a lot more 'dialled in' if that makes sense...the 700 seems to take ages to set right..to the conditions of the day.

I have enjoyed getting in to this type of sailing, very rewarding.

Really like the Musto, will be a while till I get one, I like the basic layout of the whole boat. Not sure about the rudder blade system though...we have an aweful lot of kelp around the our shores, with the pivoting rudder as on the 700 this is not an issue..likewise the daggerboard and how you can angle this...I only need to get across the stuff and then lock it all down once clear.

Hmm, might have to get saving:)


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