Thanks very much for the sponsorship! That makes a world of difference. We'll be tweaking things here and there and will keep you posted.
All the best,
We've had a range of conditions (light to moderate on Friday, 12-17 on Saturday, light than breezy on Sunday) and the boat is terrific. (My wife's quote when out in 15-17 knots was "Why didn't you buy this years ago?") I'm delighted with the WETA. Thanks - Steve Weta #873
"The Weta is faster than the roto-moulded resort Hobies. It is almost, but not quite as fast as the venerable H16. The Nacras and A-Cats will crush it, but when the wind pipes up and those boats are capsizing or their owners are hiding on the beach in the fetal position, the Weta owners are Gennaker reaching with big smiles on their faces.
Beach Cat sailing is on the edge, white knuckled thrill riding. Weta sailing is much more relaxed but can still be quite thrilling. Locally, in the typical 14 kts to 18 kts afternoon breezes I am regularly able to do 14+ knots, occassionally getting up to 16. My PR Max speed is 18 kts. But most fun of all, the Weta surfs really well."
BS - Weta #147, Empress
Just a note to say how much we have been enjoying the Weta over the last few months and to congratulate you on the great job you have done in developing a great little boat. Initially I was concerned that it might be a little too much boat for my 4, 6 and 8 year old kids. However I picked my weather, keeping the sailing days under 15 knots and they just loved it. It was a big plus that I could get them all out at the same time.
I also had a great time thrilling, (and scaring) my brother in-law, who had never sailed, during a blustery sou'wester blast in 25 knots on Lake Pupuke.
I look forward to stepping it up and introducing the kids to racing when I get back to New Zealand at the end of the year.
Jim Vincent - USA
Started sailing years ago, had a South African design called a Dabchick. Then a Heron, then two Lasers. Sold the last Laser about five years ago. I was fed up with being skunked. Got a two person Hobie kayak...very nice, but no adrenalin.
Used to windsurf, then tried kiteboarding. Either too windy or not windy enough. Shoulda been here yesterday.
I checked out skiffs, single person trap boats...wish they had this or that, or too complicated. Then the Weta hit the market....everything I wanted, and something I can sail into my golden years. Only fault is that the design is so good, there is limited improvement potential to appeal to my engineering side.
The clouds disappeared, the sun shone, the angels started singing, all the girls took their tops off.
Life is complete, 2-3 weeks to go before I take delivery. Already connecting up with the local Weta folks.
Forum entry from Andres Schuler
For me the only possible drawbacks are:
2.- Resctricted access to some spare parts.
3.- Relatively small fleet, and spreaded, so at the beginning You will be sailing "alone" most of the time. The racing issue is a complete topic in this group.
But when I sarted looking for a dhingy about a year ago, the only boat that complied with all my main requirements was the Weta.
The boat is easy to store, to transport and to put in the water from a beach a ramp or with a crane in a club. Storage, transportation, rigging, sailing, etc. can be done easily and safely by only one person.
It's a very "simple" boat to sail, but sailing it it's a lot of fun. Even with 2 adults and/or some kids, the weta is comfortable and safe, but fast and easy to sail.
The other options I studied were (in one extreme)very fast but very technical boats, most of them requiring two people to sail them properly and $$$ to rig them for racing. In the other extreme I found "floating bathtubs with sails". In the middle there are not really too many good options.
But, above all, the Weta was the only boat my wife liked enough to let me go sail every weekend! and even think to join me in the future when our baby gets older (I think 3 years is a good age to introduce him to his dad's sports).
I hope that with a fast growing fleet, the 3 drawbacks I mentioned will "dissapear" in the near future.
Email from Cal Worthington - Auckland
Both you and Chris sure have made a fantastic boat.
I drove onto Torbay beach at 9:00am Sunday 6/11/11 and after 45 mins was rigged and looking out to sea with a lot of nervousness. I knew
That once I was off the beach and out I would be fine HAHA!! I was planning for my first ever Weta sail with my brother (2 up) but he was crook with a cold. I had to go and felt that I could do it on my own (perhaps in hindsight did not need the jib).
Wind was offshore and quite calm in the bay maybe 5-10 kts, gusty. It took a couple of minutes for me to get set and lined up. I could feel
The lightness and power of the Weta. It really wanting to go and go fast. I jumped on and with some control took off. First impressions was that the Weta felt big, comfortable well set up and very drivable I felt confident enough to unfurl the screecher after less than 1min on the boat (this was short lived HAHA but very exciting)
I really loved the acceleration. I was quickly outside the bay and probably into 10-15+ kts, gusting. I quickly furled the sceecher away as you
Know I have not used one before. Love that furler!
The boat felt very light, stiff and stable. I did catch my breath with the speed. Its instant and as the pressure builds so does the speed I was not
Even trying to go fast but I certainly was. I got a bit of a fright
Before I knew I was battling quite strong gusts with not a lot of sheet on, I was flying!!. I really have not been that quick in a yacht of this size.
It is an amazing, stunning feeling to sail fast in what was a very stable platform. The Weta turns well and was very good on the helm. I did not get the screecher out again as the gusts continued. Despite these tricky conditions I felt safe (out of my depth) but safe. I loved all aspects of the boat and after an hour of charging round I pointed back into the beach and arrived a few minutes later I was smiling from ear to ear, both hands were shaking. It took a few minutes to get my breathing and heart rate back under control.
A few hours later sitting in my chair at home with a nice hot coffee Weta 673 cleaned and packed away down stairs I was looking out on the water
And thought I really want to go sailing again HAHA!! Not a bad first time out. Look out next weekend!
Thanks guys I feel I have a winner here and will enjoy with the family and other Weta owners for many many years to come
Trade Manager - Asia
“After the test sail on the Weta, in 10 to 15kt's of wind, I was impressed with the speed. It was fast and it was fun. And it was easy to sail. I when out with my two kids, and it did what I wanted it to do. Steering was great, set up as easy and quick. On the water there was plenty of warning and there was never a feeling of this is going over or getting into any trouble. I then when out by myself and pushed it. I was surprised how well it went with the lee float a meter (3 feet) underwater. It just kept going fast. Going upwind it was balanced and responded to good trim and sailing. Around the course, it is likely to be close to a Hobie 16. -maybe faster upwind and possible slower reaching, but you won't capsize 5 times in a race.
I feel this boat will be the Hobie 16, or the Laser of the next decade. It is the sort of boat that will bring people back sailing - It is that good!”
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