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Shark Detergents?

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Created by nazsail > 9 months ago, 8 Jun 2016
nazsail
VIC, 288 posts
8 Jun 2016 9:33PM
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Which sail or boards work best to frighten off sharks.
My thinking is a cammed sailed. The pop of the rotation at the gybe or tack sending shock waves thru the water should be enough to scare the sharks away...

Ninjury
VIC, 161 posts
8 Jun 2016 10:01PM
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Ninjury
VIC, 161 posts
8 Jun 2016 10:18PM
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I doubt there's been any serious research around this, maybe for surfers sitting in the water? A good catapult will probably do the trick.

Have you seen some grey suits somewhere recently?

nazsail
VIC, 288 posts
9 Jun 2016 11:20PM
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Nothing of late, just been reading the papers and I need to replace a couple of sails. What to choose???

MikeyS
VIC, 1419 posts
10 Jun 2016 12:26AM
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nazsail said..
Which sail or boards work best to frighten off sharks.



Skateboards and land yacht sails. And sails and boards kept in the shed definately don't seem to attrack sharks.

I used to have a Pryde Combat years ago that had a graphic of a dude poised to throw a spear. Not sure that sharks would necessarily make the association though.

Ninjury
VIC, 161 posts
10 Jun 2016 8:32AM
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MikeyS said...

I used to have a Pryde Combat years ago that had a graphic of a dude poised to throw a spear. Not sure that sharks would necessarily make the association though.



That's more of a whaling thing, sharking is something entirely different...

WindmanV
VIC, 638 posts
10 Jun 2016 10:15AM
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Nazsail said: My thinking is a cammed sailed. The pop of the rotation at the gybe or tack sending shock waves thru the water should be enough to scare the sharks away...

Sorry, completely wrong! The pop of the cam indeed sends shock waves through the water, but the shark thinks that it’s a fish in distress, floating on its side, flapping its tail, so the shark heads straight to where the sound originated.

This is the real reason that cammed sails are becoming more and more unpopular, due to the declining population of windsurfers who use these sails.

nazsail
VIC, 288 posts
10 Jun 2016 10:33PM
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Interesting... If it is about the sound matching flapping of a fish, then cammed sails should be safer. Once popped we tend not to be in same place for long. Whereas, I see the rotatonal equipped sailers flapping their sails basically in the same place, trying to get going. Population might swing back in favour of a cammed quiver, given time and declining fish stocks.

mathew
VIC, 1725 posts
12 Jun 2016 11:48AM
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Someone else surfing, while you are sailing... sharks like dangly feet!

sailquik
VIC, 4464 posts
14 Jun 2016 9:56AM
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I always surf with a buddy. That gives me a 50-50 chance!

raggy
VIC, 564 posts
14 Jun 2016 11:43AM
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WindmanV said..
Nazsail said: My thinking is a cammed sailed. The pop of the rotation at the gybe or tack sending shock waves thru the water should be enough to scare the sharks away...

Sorry, completely wrong! The pop of the cam indeed sends shock waves through the water, but the shark thinks that it’s a fish in distress, floating on its side, flapping its tail, so the shark heads straight to where the sound originated.

This is the real reason that cammed sails are becoming more and more unpopular, due to the declining population of windsurfers who use these sails.

I dont know wether to laugh or cry

kato
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14 Jun 2016 1:25PM
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sailquik said...
I always surf with a buddy. That gives me a 50-50 chance!

Sail with a mate who is slower or who spends a lot of time water starting

ginger pom
VIC, 1735 posts
14 Jun 2016 3:23PM
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kato said..

sailquik said...
I always surf with a buddy. That gives me a 50-50 chance!


Sail with a mate who is slower or who spends a lot of time water starting



slower and bleeding through an open wound.

nazsail
VIC, 288 posts
28 Jun 2016 4:57PM
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Good ole auto correct. Just reread it lol This by far the best detergent




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