Tobias Schadewaldt on the 14
Tobias Schadewaldt Olympic sailor and winner of Bundesliga has tested our little Seascape14 in Croatia. Here are his impressions:
Sailing with Seascape 14 surprised me. In bright sunshine, we had only a light breeze between 3 and 5 knots and beautiful scenery of Croatia. The assembly took me less than 5 minutes, and it was according to my taste. After that, I took the boat to the water via slipway. It was a bit difficult to pull because the balance is not quite there yet a�� the wheels should go further backwards. Otherwise, the concept is elegant, with a few simple steps I unscrewed the wheels in the water and put off. The battened main made a good impression, along with the powerful sized trim facilities and self-tacking jib. I was able to drive straight without a rudder a�� for me a sign that the boat is well balanced. The hiking straps could only be tested in the light wind conditions, and I believe that they are on the right track here, but especially for barefoot sailors like me, a little more padding would be pleasant.
After a few blows, I set the gennaker. It went smoothly, and the halyard system reminded me to a large extent of the 49er which is based on a proven concept. The feeling of flying the gennaker, jib and main at the same time was just great. Unlike, e.g. Musto Skiff it was much easier because I did not have to pay attention to the harness. Thus, it is slower overall, but especially for recreational sailors much easier to manage. In small gusts, the boat jumped immediately, and the bowsprit made things really fun. The pumping was in comparison to the Laser, an entirely different dimension, much more direct and accurate. Rather like the RS Aero. When dropping the gennaker, I had some problems with the halyard. Here you realise that it is still a prototype and the position of the terminals can be optimised. The same applies to the jib cleat which is not working from the hiking position in a strong wind. Little things like that I then discussed with the manufacturer and should be fixed in the next version. I also tested the sailing characteristics with the rear daggerboard position and without jib a�� the beginner mode. This worked well, was much more stable and the concept that it is a boat that allows beginners to grow according to their abilities convinced me. You only start with mainsail, move up to the jib after some time, and if you want to know it all, then the gennaker is added. The power of the good should be good enough for an adult and a teenager.
My overall impression is that I felt directly connected to wind and water. At the same time, I had to forget the rules and procedures of the big boats and was well challenged to sail the little dinghy properly. Altogether the time I had spent on the water will remain in a positive memory, and I would like to go sailing again with the small Seascape.