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The laser I have sailed before and find it a bit unconfutable. Looking for a boat similar to laser. Nice single handed boat that has performance able to handle wide wind range. Lightning may be considered. Will consider any suggestions. The solo, streaker and laser were first 3 options.   
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I'm suprised GRF hasn't mentioned this as he owns one, but have you considered a Solution?
You would be towards the lighter end of the weight range but your height would make up for it, and there's more legroom than the three on your shortlist. It's a lot nicer to sail than a Laser and faster than a Streaker or Solo
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Any suggestions, then try the D-Zero and Aero if your budget will stretch to it.

The D-Zero is a lovely boat to sail, pretty much vice free with the correct control settings. I cannot comment on the Aero on the water yet but capsize recovery requires a different technique to the standard RYA method.
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Lightning is a good choice.
I'm just on 6ft, weigh just on 11st and my Lightning provides a good all round sail.
Great in the light stuff, a hooligan once you get up over F3/4 - and downwind is an absolute artform!
Very good boats can be picked up for peanuts - in fact, Rupert on this forum has one for sail right now.
Lightweight, pivoting centerboard and rudder, tracked sail, controls running to each side of the boat, sturdy construction and even a cheap old one will be competitive.

Downside? - well there's just not that many at clubs, so you'll most likely be sailing around on your own and relying on handicap.
Depends on whether you're looking to just sail around or compete in fleet racing.

Lightning is a brilliant choice, but just be aware that you probably won't race against many others unless you come along to an open event.
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Originally posted by Jamie600

I'm suprised GRF hasn't mentioned this as he owns one, but have you considered a Solution?
You would be towards the lighter end of the weight range but your height would make up for it, and there's more legroom than the three on your shortlist. It's a lot nicer to sail than a Laser and faster than a Streaker or Solo

My assumption was the club had dictated his choice, I think they allow 'too tall' people to buy Solutions, but at 11 stone, we don't really need lanky light fast people, all light people have to be short, whilst not exactly a class rule at the moment, it is likely to be written and judging by the last AGM (6 people sat on a wall drinking pints until one fell off and presumably got nominated for something as punishment for early unconsciousness) a few pints ought to guarantee a height restriction.. Wink


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You are correct I really have to go with what the club have. As I have no tow bar looked at Laser today for 420 needs fair amount of work doing to it. I sail at Alton water, really just want the boat to club race and casual sail. I may be tall but light at 70 kg   
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An old Laser sounds the best way to start and find out whether you want to spend more at a later date. You wont lose money on a cheap Laser, most get past around small sailing clubs to new members etc. Longer term, based on height I would consider something like a Blaze where you can stretch out or take up trapezing and get something like a farr 3.7
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Post Options Post Options   Quote iGRF Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 26 May 16 at 11:11am
Originally posted by tallsailor6.3

You are correct I really have to go with what the club have.
   



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