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Quick question
Hi, I want to return to dinghy sailing with my granddaughter. I'm interested in the 125. I have sailed Herons, Lasers and more. My question is this? When righting the boat after capsizing, is the boat self-emptying like the Laser, or will I have to bail out like the Heron?
Garry Kydd5-Aug-2021    Edit    Delete 
Re: Quick question
Most 125s have scuppers in the transom and are self draining. Also the foam boats float relatively high when capsized and come.up with very little water. I have had water up the seat tops after a major stuff up and the boat self drained in very little time.
Peter Mann6-Aug-2021    Edit    Delete 
Re: Quick question
Thanks Peter. That's the answer I was hoping for.
I'm well past those days of bailing out a Heron as the rest of the fleet sails past.
Garry Kydd9-Aug-2021    Edit    Delete 
Re: Quick question
I accidentally took my eye off Spinout on Sunday whilst holding the bow for the launch trolley just as a big veering gust of wind got a hold of her so I got to test her capsizing position a bit earlier than expected! Rolled to 100 degrees before could jump down the beam to grab the mast to roll her back upright.

Admittedly no crew on board with extra weight and not in any swell/chop, but the water level didn't come up any further than about 1/2 of the way up the seat top so they seem to be pretty buoyant when capsized. The very buoyant attitude was almost to the point that in a capsize I would probably want to be quick about grabbing a hold of the centreboard to pull some weight down to keep the mast from sinking down and hitting some nice Moreton Bay/Brisbane River mud!

As an aside, the newer Herons I think are now a lot better fitted out with flotation tanks and closer to minimum weight so they may do better these days.

The bailer on the 125 I've found works OK with a bit of speed up in moderate-to-fresh breezes but it is nothing like as good as the "blink-and-its-drained" cockpit of my previous Laser and Laser 2s! It gives me the impression that it and the transom drains will likely get almost all the water out after a recovery but not quite everything under all conditions. I've still had to sponge out water from the cockpit under lighter wind/lower speed conditions when the bailer doesn't work to get that little bit of cockpit water sloshing around out but I don't know how typical that is of most 125s.
Ben Wilson20-Aug-2021    Edit    Delete 

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