As in other times when I was between boats, and still looking for my next, I have relied on bareboat
chartering to get on the water
. It occurs to me I can buy a daysailer for the amount I spend on a few charters and be on the water
much more often.
I know this is a crusers forum but the knowledge and courtesy here is unmatched elsewhere so I hope you will indulge a little diversion and give me the aid of your expertise.
I have not owned or sailed a daysailer or a sailing dinghy
in many years. I know what I would buy were I younger but those days are gone. I have a bit of a back issue and want to limit hiking out when the boat heels. I also do not want to have to balance myself carefully when the wind
is light. I would also like to avoid bending extremely low to miss the boom on a tack, though I know all dinghys require some bending. I also want to singlehand it most of the time, but would like to be able to bring a crew of one more person at times. I do not think I want to bother with a spinnaker
This rules out performance boats like a Laser or Finn, and probably even something as sedate as a sunfish. I sailed several Flying Scotts but that was many years ago and I cannot recall
if they are stable enough to avoid hiking if I choose to. On the other hand, I want as much performance as possible for a creaky old man.
I have looked on the internet
at many designs from the Coronado 15 and Capri
14 to a Fatty Knees
, to West Wight Potter 15 and lots in between. Problem is, I cannot tell from the internet
what boat would be a good compromise between stability and performance. I can buy new or used and either keep it on a trailer or at a marina.
I am hoping some of you have had the opportunity to get off your bluewater cruisers and do enough daysailing/dinghy sailing to have some insights into this. Any advice is appreciated.
Excuse me if I put this on the wrong forum category.