K2 Frequently asked questions
How do I raise the keel?
The keel can be raised quickly using the 6:1 block and rope lifting strop which is attached to the lifting points on the top of the keel and to the mast. When sailing the lifting tackle is stowed in a bag under the mast deckplate.
Can I sail in shallow water with the keel partly up?
Yes, we have found that if the keel is partly raised you can still tack the boat as there is enough movement in the lifting strop to allow the boom to move from side to side. The rudder is lifting too.
Can I launch and recover the K2 on a trolley like a normal dinghy?
Yes, the K2 has a trolley with the boat supported by the gunwhales and keel on a central cradle. Before launching take the weight of the keel bulb on the lifting tackle and the boat will float off like a normal dinghy, although it needs a few more inches of depth.
Is it heavy to pull up a slipway?
Despite the weight of the keel, by keeping hull construction light, the ready to sail weight of a K2 is close to many similar dinghies and less than some popular general purpose dinghies. The K2 also has a light weight alloy trolley to further save weight.
Should I sail the K2 upright like a dinghy?
When sailing heeled part of the righting movement comes from the keel bulb weight, part from the hull shape and part from the crew weight. The bulb is like an extra crew – the more you heel the more righting moment it produces – the ideal angle of heel will probably be around 15 to 20 degrees to windward and a bit more upright when sailing fast off-wind.
Do we have to sit out?
The K2 cockpit has seats so that you can comfortably sit in or sit out. For sailing to windward in a breeze you would normally sit out and you will go faster if hiking out in the toe-straps, but it is not as important as for a normal dinghy.
Can I capsize a K2?
Probably, if it is windy enough, but unlike a dinghy which loses stablility rapidly if it heels beyond 20 to 30 degrees, the K2 stability increases the more it heels. This makes it very forgiving on a gusty day when dinghies are capsizing.
Is the K2 easy to sail?
Yes, with the extra stability from the keel and simple layout, the K2 is easy to sail and very comfortable too.
How many crew are needed to sail the K2?
There is room for more than two in the cockpit for cruising, but for racing the class rules specify 2 persons only. For cruising the K2 can easily be sailed single-handed.
Is the K2 fast?
Yes, with its long waterline the K2 is quick and points well too. Downwind you can either goose-wing the jib and run fast or boost performance with the easily controlled asymmetric kit.
Can I sail a K2 at a dinghy club?
A few dinghy clubs do not permit keel boats, but the K2 is designed to be used like a dinghy, so this is not normally an issue. Please contact us if your club has any questions about the suitability of the boat at your club.
Can I have a test sail?
This can normally be arranged in the UK and other countries where we have an international dealer. Please contact the dealer to arrange this.
Is there an owner’s Class Association?
The K2 will be supported by a Class Association and we expect this to be active and grow quickly as for the K1.