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    Posted: 18 Mar 13 at 10:50pm
On Apollo Duck there is a boat called a Galaxy Orion for sale. I've never heard of one, does anyone know anything about them? The only photo makes it look a little Wandererish, but with a laminar mainsail and an asymmetric kite.
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Our friends at cadaver know what it is:
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Ooh, they're a clever bunch at CVRDA. I thought the sail looked a bit supernovaish, and the name follows Giles' space theme. Thanks John. It doesn't appear to be in production.
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And the info that hasn't yet made it onto the cvrda dinghy database is that it weighs 137kg and has an asymmetric kite with a moveable pole. It has loads of lockers and can have steel bilge keels fitted to enable it to dry out on a mooring and for stability when cruising. So very much a Wayfarer competitor.

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As I recall, the Galaxy was an asymmetric Wayfarer competitor.  But a Galaxy Orion is a new one on me.

Mark Giles' Orion was a quite different boat and much more interesting.  Slimmer, more racy hull but with a 45kg bulb on the end of a keel so that it self-righted - it was in fact called the Orion SRD (self-righting dinghy).  An interesting concept for all the ageing dinghy sailors who are simply fed up with capsizing.   Carbon rig (for low c.g.) and 420 kite. I tried it and found it pretty much like a Snipe to sail - nice, actually. It deserved more success.

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