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One way to get people excited about a new performance dinghy is to say The hardest thing to get used to is the acceleration. That's what the builders of the Hoot, a 14-foot, single-sail dinghy with wings are saying about their new ride. The Hoot is the brainchild of a group of San Francisco Bay area sailors, one of whom is, Doug Kidder, who owns Kidder Racing, in Richmond, Calif., which builds rowing shells. The first prototype was one of Kidder's shells, cut down to 16 feet, with a windsurfer...