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Patrick, best place to look for old wooden Solos is the Solo Class website http://www.solosailing.org.uk/fs/fs_list.asp

IMHO the age and condition of a wooden hull and how "modern" the rig is, is more important than the builder given your budget.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote Woodburner Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 24 Jul 15 at 2:08pm
Patrick I know somebody who can help you with those tea trays, I do a very nice one for fourteen hundred quid, all carbon..

It could help you with your wood addiction problem (You're in good company here though it's like a self help group, loads of wood botherers)  Wink
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Hi Patrick
 
Have you tried a Vareo out?  I am 6 foot 2 and 15 stone and I don't really do a lot of kneeling.  Sure if you don't have the kite up downwind you will have to but the main point of a vareo is the down wind blast. The slope of the boom is also handy and if you are caught in a drifter I usually stand up anyway.  Might be worth trying one
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Hello Patrick, your quest for a singlehander that is 'user-friendly' is a common one, but in a crowded market it is nonetheless difficult to find a singlehander that meets your needs. You have mentioned my HADRON, which I am sure would suit you very well. Unfortunately, there are few examples around, and none at the price that you are prepared to pay. If you want to shell out for a new dinghy, then a carbon/aramid/epoxy/foam composite version of the Hadron will soon be available, for less than the price of a Phantom or Blaze.
But with your limited budget, may I suggest that you look for a HARRIER? This is the singlehander that I designed in 1972, and is a direct ancestor of the HADRON. See http://www.bluelightning.co.uk/Harrier/harrier1.htm. About 70 Harriers were built - in solid GRP, so they have lasted very well. You will occasionally see one for sale, though they are much sought after. The price is generally just a few hundred quid. Michael McNamara has a Harrier, which he sails every week at his local club. So if it's good enough for him....

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OKs are a ton of fun and you can sit on the mainsheet traveller in light weather.  Also, they've been around forever and you can pick up old-but-sound boats for not too much money.  They are pretty demanding, though.  I've got a feeling that for a guy at your level it'd be a pretty steep learning curve and you could find yourself doing a bit of swimming! Wink
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Having just bought an OK as my midweek and winter weapon I'd say they are great boats. I wouldn't say they were demanding, just a bit different to the norm.
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May I recommend a Comet? Once you find the balance points they are light, easy to handle in and out of the water, have lots of clubs around the country who race them and are really well built. Your budget would buy a nice one.

You can carry a passenger and the cockpit is nice and deep - they can be tricky down wind but plane easily and have wonderful manners. They only weigh 46kg so can be easily car topped.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote Jamesr Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 12 Aug 16 at 11:30am

Hello Patrickcr

Im in a similar position to you. Nice to have a boat with a bit of speed but Im inland where there is not much wind and kneeling in the middle of my Topper Topaz is no fun.

What did you get in the end?

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