Dave is a six time Windmill World Champion, crewed for 2007 Flying Dutchman
National Champ and crewed for 11th place Flying Dutchman Worlds 2006. Sailing
Master and Regatta Coordinator for 12 years at Saint Petersburg Yacht Club.
Raider test pilot.
"I sailed the Raider at St. Pete a couple of years ago sailing alongside a
top Laser full rig fellow and beat him upwind but I felt the boat needed more
power. It certainly has that power now with the jib. I am impressed with the
speed on free legs and its windward ability, but mostly with the righting
moment. I am not used to being that comfortable. The new hull shape is
“Outstanding, it is much livelier”. I enjoy the challenge of making the Raider
as fast as it can be, yet sailable for a 65 year-old. I think we have attained
Scott Norman, Small boat specialist, Harken Southeast OEM and Custom Sales
"Fast, exciting sailing with a
clean rigging layout. A very practical go fast day sailer with out the frequent
swimming lessons that are usually associated with high performance dinghies."
Rick Martin - Raider II owner
Mark, Reluctantly I've had to give in to the imminent arrival of winter
after a delightful summer and fall of sailing the Raider. I stored the
boat about a week ago and have been meaning to give you a report. In a
nutshell the Raider II is everything I expected and more. It's a
fantastic boat and I feel fortunate to own one.
The boat balances
perfectly I can't remember sailing any boat that is this responsive and
yet so light on the helm. The boat has been great in all wind
conditions. Nothing here on Lake Mendota can touch me, big or small. In
a breeze with crew you feel the power and performance along with
complete control. And of course it screams off the wind. Your
workmanship is outstanding. The fit and finish is near perfect. Same
for Joe's sails and the boat cover. Lastly it's a shame the Raider II
seems to be the best kept secret among modem performance dinghies.
It’s a great boat, great quality, great value and 100% made in
Harry Stupor - owner of hull #41 Raider 16, after
sailing new Raider II Turbo with screecher.
a ride! It was the fastest I have sailed in a monohull
and rivals my past experiences in a Hobie 16."
Brewster - New owner of Raider Turbo #110