The ‘Potty !’




        Sailing Instructions

        •The yacht is ready to go! You are sitting in it, wearing your helmet, with your seat-belt fastened and clutching the rope. Your feet are on the steering-bar ... but you’re not going anywhere yet, because you’re facing into the wind, withthe wind blowing straight into your face. 

        •Remember this bit carefully - you’re not moving because you are in the safety position, pointing into the wind.

        •Look straight ahead of you -  that is where the wind is coming from - and don't forget it! Say aloud to yourself  "The wind’s blowing off the sea " ( or wherever )

        •The importance of this is that, if you ever want to stop or slow down, you let go of the rope  and steer the yacht into the safety position, pointing into the wind. That is the one golden rule of landsailing and worth repeating:

        •If you ever want to slow down or stop, let go of the rope and steer into the wind.

        •If you have understood the safety position, it's time to get moving.

        •Let go of the rope so that the sail can flap freely, and move the yacht through 90 degrees so it’s positioned across the wind – just lean the front wheel over and push yourself backwards with your feet to do this, as it saves undoing the seat-belt and getting out. You should now be sitting with the wind blowing from the side, with the sail flapping loosely sticking out to one side.

        •Pull gently on the rope and the sail will fill with wind; the yacht will feel as though it wants to move forwards. Don't pull any harder on the rope yet ... reach round and give the ground behind the axle a push with your free hand to get you rolling if necessary, or get someone to give you a helpful push & you should be rolling along at a walking pace.

        •Pull the rope in a bit more and you should start going faster. If that feels good, then try pulling a little harder & you will go faster again.

        •The general principle is — the harder you pull, the faster you go!

        •If you pull the rope too hard too quickly and there is enough wind, the yacht will tip up onto two wheels, so let go of the rope, which gets the airborne  wheel back on the ground... Try pulling more gently next time...

            •If you are ever in doubt, or don't like what is happening, let the rope out.

        •Now you are going forwards, hopefully fairly quickly, and the time has come to turn. Let the rope out slightly to slow down, then turn the front wheel, using your feet on the steering bar, and steer the yacht into the wind, so the wind is blowing straight into your face, (the safety position) then keep on steering round so that the yacht is pointing
back to base, where you set off from. The wind will blow the sail across, and the boom will pass over your head as you change direction. Keep a gentle hold on the rope — the sail, after flapping around as you go through the turn, will once again fill with wind & you will feel the sail pulling back on the rope. Pull gently to accelerate, and let the rope
out to slow down, or to get an airborne wheel back on the ground.

        •Let the rope out to slow down as you approach base and turn the yacht into the wind (the safety position) well before you reach base – to roll to a controlled halt.

        •Then you go and do it all again and again, only getting faster. Try turning a little tighter and quicker ... try pulling the rope a little harder to make a wheel lift off the ground deliberately ... let the rope out to let it down again. Easy isn't it, hence why everyone's an expert within ten minutes and an ear-to-ear grin is guaranteed.

        •Remember to let the rope out to slow down when you return to base, and to steer into the wind to stop.

        •If you enjoyed that, then don't bother returning to base but try sailing that course again in the opposite direction. This time you will be turning away from the wind (downwind) so ease the rope out a little to slow down slightly and turn gently down wind, continuing the turn until you are pointing back the way you came, letting the sail out gradually until the boom has passed over your head, and is filling with wind again as you complete the turn, then pull the rope gently back in to accelerate away.

        •If the sail has managed to wrap itself around the mast at this point, don't panic – you haven't done any damage. You had let the sail too far out during the turn – it's easily done. Steer into the wind (the safety position) to stop. Sometimes a vigorous pull on the rope will sort it out, but otherwise you will have to get out, pick up the front wheel
& turn the yacht slowly across the wind. Watch the sail, and if the wind is helping untangle it then carry on - but slowly. If the wind is not helping, try turning the yacht around the other way. Or, pull the rope out of the pulleys. Pull downwards on the boom, so the sail sorts itself out, then re-thread the rope through the pulleys and away you go.

        •Try taking the downwind turns a little tighter and quicker and you will find yourself sliding and skidding sideways – at which point you should let the rope out a little and steer in the direction that you want to be going. This is called "applying opposite lock " & may sound technical but comes instinctively to nearly everyone. If it does not come instinctively, the yacht continues to slide & if you don't like the sensation, simply let go the rope and you will stop.

        •If you overdo things completely – easily done in strong winds – the yacht might try to spin. Let go of the rope completely and grab hold of the sides of the seat, and keep your feet firmly on the steering bar pointing straight ahead. You will skid to a halt within 10 to 15m of losing it. If you hang on to the rope during a spin, there is a risk that you will end up stopping across the wind with the sail pulled in tight - in which case the yacht may well get blown over. It will also tip over if you overdo the wheel-waving and over-balance it. If the yacht does tip over you will in fact be moving very slowly - the seat belt holds you firmly in place and you will come to no harm. If you tip it over, unclip the seat belt, stand yourself up, then stand the yacht back up and hop back in in before anyone notices ... then go and try that manoeuvre again, only without tipping it over this time.

        •Remember to always wear the seat belt – it keeps you in the yacht if it spins.

        •With any luck you will have experienced most of the foregoing within 10 minutes of starting to sail your Potty! and that is all there is to it.

        •If you stop for a break, make sure you stop the Potty! in the safety position, and tip it over on it's side to prevent it getting blown away on it's own.

        •The wheels are provided with enough air in the tyres for sailing on tarmac, concrete or sand (10 psi to 20 psi). If you are sailing on grass, gravel or rough/loose sand, you are advised to deflate the pressures to about 8 to 10 psi, if you have any trouble getting going.

        •All that remains is for me to thank you for buying the Potty! and we hope that you get as much fun and enjoyment from it as we have had in creating what we believe to be the best Minilandyacht available.

          Dismantling your new Potty !  (always a sad moment)

        •Unthread the rope from the pulleys and coil it up.

        •Tip the yacht onto it's side and pull the sail from the top of the mast rolling it up tightly as you go.

        •When you get to the boom, slide the two halves apart  roll the loose end up in the sail, &put the sail and the rest of the boom in the sail bag.

        •Take the mast apart and put the four sections in the sail bag. Put the rope in as well.

        •Untwizzle the back axles and remove them. Remove the front end, and finally undo the bolts under the chassis and split it in two in necessary. Most owners leave the middle bit & seat bolted together ready for use tomorrow, and it will still fit into boot of most cars and be instantly ready for your next foray.

        •Pile the lot into the seat & pop it in the back of your car.

        •Don't forget to check the two bolts under the seat within five minutes of starting sailing next time, especially if you hear that "clonk" as the sail fills as you don't want to cause any damage to your Potty !       
Safety First:
The Potty ! is guaranteed, but how indestructible are you? Always wear your helmet and seat belt & be careful—the nearest hospital A&E department may be a long way away.

Fun for all the family …

Safety First: Always wear a helmet and use the seat belt

when Going Potty!