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Old 30-07-2007, 00:26   #1
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A good (fast) dinghy for a 95lbs sailor?

The sailor in question is me, and I am wondering what boat would be good for my weight. I want a single-handed boat that is fairly quick and good for my light build. I was thinking something like a Laser or even a Moth, but I don't know if I could handle a Moth. I'll sail Laser Radials next year so I won't buy one, but Moths are very intriguing. So what kind of boat would be good? (And don't say Optimist because they're just too slow and I'll be too old to race them anyway)
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Old 30-07-2007, 14:15   #2
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The Radial my be a good boat for you. You will be overpowered in a breeze, but it is quick and you will have fun and can always get a larger sail as you grow.
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Old 30-07-2007, 17:28   #3
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Aloha Mammoth,
I've sailed Lasers, Sunfish, Force 5s, Scorpions etc.. If you are looking to move to the next level the Flying Junior or 420s are your next step. If you like the Laser then stick with it. I like the Sunfish because of its simplicity and ease of rigging and will keep up with a Laser on a beam reach in a high wind, but it doesn't point as well.
Are you a Junior Sailor or small adult?
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Aloha Mammoth,
I've sailed Lasers, Sunfish, Force 5s, Scorpions etc.. If you are looking to move to the next level the Flying Junior or 420s are your next step. If you like the Laser then stick with it. I like the Sunfish because of its simplicity and ease of rigging and will keep up with a Laser on a beam reach in a high wind, but it doesn't point as well.
Are you a Junior Sailor or small adult?
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Thing is, I've sailed both 420 and Flying Junior. 420 was how I learned to sail, (We didn't use trapeze or spinnaker) and I just learned how to fly spin and go on trapeze with FJs. The 420 is overall too slow for its size, but FJs are fun. But both are double hand and I want to do something new. And I'm a junior sailor, 14 years old.
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