Despite this being a cruising forum, the wealth of knowledge on the board is quite impressive. As such, I am going to ask for some information on a topic that may only be tangentially related to cruising.
I am looking for some advice on purchasing
a sailing dinghy
. I recently completed my ASA
Basic Keelboat Certification
and am now looking for a boat I can sail in order to gain some practical experience. My sailing experience to date consists of the use of the sailing school’s Capri
22 during my certification classes
has led me to the conclusion that there are many dinghy
models from which to choose. Quite frankly, I am overwhelmed. I could use some help narrowing the list and would appreciate some recommendations.
In general, I am looking for a boat that is/will:
A good beginners boat upon which to learn;
Be easy to launch, sail and trailer solo;
Can hold 2 crew members in relative comfort;
Has a high boom;
Appropriate for use on small inland lakes (40-ish acres);
While I am certainly not tied to these models, some boats that have piqued my interest are the O’day Daysailors, Javelin and the Mutineer.
Any advice you can provide would be greatly appreciated.