New Posts New Posts RSS Feed: RS Quest - Suitable for single handing?
  FAQ FAQ  Forum Search   Register Register  Login Login

RS Quest - Suitable for single handing?

 Post Reply Post Reply Page  12>
Author
Jamesr View Drop Down
Newbie
Newbie


Joined: 09 Aug 16
Online Status: Offline
Posts: 7
Post Options Post Options   Quote Jamesr Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Topic: RS Quest - Suitable for single handing?
    Posted: 10 Aug 16 at 11:29am
Hello 


After a 25 year break from sailing I bought a Topper Topaz Duo last year but do not get on with it. I find it too cramped and way too unstable. I lack skill and confidence so I want a boat that is easy to learn to sail single handed and one that is suitable for pottering around if there is not much wind. 


Ive come across the RS Quest which looks ideal on paper but cannot find much on line about it. Does anyone have any experience with this boat? Is it suitable for single handing? 


Others Ive come across are Topper Argo or maybe a Wanderer. Laser 2000 looked good but I hear its too much for one person. 


I am a fairly fit 42 year old and weigh 85kg. The boat will only be used on a large lake and will not be used for racing. My main priorities are stability and suitability for single handing / occasional double handing. 


Thanks

Back to Top
JimC View Drop Down
Really should get out more
Really should get out more
Avatar

Joined: 17 May 04
Location: United Kingdom
Online Status: Offline
Posts: 5418
Post Options Post Options   Quote JimC Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 10 Aug 16 at 11:36am
Quite a big thing for heaving round the shore on your own I should have thought. That's a surprisingly important factor. But if your normal venue is all concrete slipways and shallow gradients then naturally that's much less of a problem than if you have to haul it up a steep shingle beach.

I think you really need to get a ride in as many different boats as possible to get a picture of what you need your boat to be like. Few here will have sailed the Topaz duo (although doubtless that won't stop people knocking it) but its hard to imagine its a very tippy boat. Sailors are usually keen to promote their chosen craft (misery likes company!?) and are IME always willing to allow other sailors to test out what pulling it back to the berth is like!

Edited by JimC - 10 Aug 16 at 11:43am
Back to Top
Jamesr View Drop Down
Newbie
Newbie


Joined: 09 Aug 16
Online Status: Offline
Posts: 7
Post Options Post Options   Quote Jamesr Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 10 Aug 16 at 11:55am
Thanks for the reply. 

The problem that I see is that anything small is going to be unstable or no good for pottering. In my Topaz Duo I have to kneel in the middle unless there is 10 knots of wind.

Are there any boats that are small enough to move on shore but stable/roomy?

Thanks
Back to Top
about a boat View Drop Down
Groupie
Groupie


Joined: 25 Oct 06
Online Status: Offline
Posts: 60
Post Options Post Options   Quote about  a boat Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 10 Aug 16 at 1:58pm
I am 6 foot tall and about the same weight as you. From what you are saying it sounds like you might be better of with a design that you sit in rather than something you sit on. I would suggest have a look at a Mirror. Although these are small boats they are roomy. For example I was cruising the kids Mirror on Saturday by myself. I had plenty of room. When the wind died I could lay down in the boat or sit very easily without being cramped. Or thay are stable enough to even lay down o the side deck and take a nap. Also as it a small boat none of the controls are too far away from you. May be worth a look. Unless you want to go faster than a Mirror!

But I would have a look at other boats too. Small boats do not mean they are wobbly. Wobbly boats are usually due to the helm.

Would not thought a L2000 is too much single handed. You do not need to fly the kite and you can reef the jib too. It is probably more to do with the style of sailing. Even in the Mirror, when I race it single handed I make sure everything prepared before tacking or gybing so it can be executed well. (It sometimes works!)

Have you thought of a Gull?

Edited by about a boat - 10 Aug 16 at 1:59pm
Back to Top
Do Different View Drop Down
Really should get out more
Really should get out more


Joined: 26 Jan 12
Location: North
Online Status: Offline
Posts: 831
Post Options Post Options   Quote Do Different Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 10 Aug 16 at 4:56pm
Miracle. Bigger than a Mirror but very light for their size and commonly sailed by bigger people as a single-hander for recreation. Can feel quick as well in a breeze.
Back to Top
Do Different View Drop Down
Really should get out more
Really should get out more


Joined: 26 Jan 12
Location: North
Online Status: Offline
Posts: 831
Post Options Post Options   Quote Do Different Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 11 Aug 16 at 6:40am
http://www.yachtsandyachting.com/forum/forum_posts.asp?TID=382&PN=1304&title=favourite-photos
Miracle action.
Back to Top
transient View Drop Down
Really should get out more
Really should get out more


Joined: 21 Aug 12
Online Status: Offline
Posts: 697
Post Options Post Options   Quote transient Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 11 Aug 16 at 9:44am
Sailing a two hander single handed will be a big compromise. They were designed for 2 people so you will very rarely be getting the best out of the boat or yourself, this is not a good strategy for improving/confidence building imo. Also you will be severely restricting the range of conditions you can sail in.

Buy a boat that's designed for your most usual type of sailing and hire a boat from your club for the two handed occasions.

Back to Top
Late starter View Drop Down
Far too distracted from work
Far too distracted from work


Joined: 24 Feb 07
Online Status: Offline
Posts: 356
Post Options Post Options   Quote Late starter Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 11 Aug 16 at 9:46am
Another +1 for the Miracle. Works well IMHO as a singlehander for bigger folk, plenty of room, and ideal for those who may want to singlehand sometimes or sail with a crew from time to time. Only downside is that most that come up for sale nowadays are tatty wooden examples.
Back to Top
Jamesr View Drop Down
Newbie
Newbie


Joined: 09 Aug 16
Online Status: Offline
Posts: 7
Post Options Post Options   Quote Jamesr Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 11 Aug 16 at 2:44pm

Thanks for everyone's advice.

I have looked at the Gull but its even smaller that my current Topaz.

Thanks for the advice on a Miracle but I was hoping for something a bit more modern and wood free. I'll try to have a proper look at one. 

Back to Top
Do Different View Drop Down
Really should get out more
Really should get out more


Joined: 26 Jan 12
Location: North
Online Status: Offline
Posts: 831
Post Options Post Options   Quote Do Different Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 11 Aug 16 at 3:17pm
Take your point, there are GRP Miracles though.

Modern is an interesting term, fashions and design avenues change, some last and some don't. The older designs that are still around are survivors from the heyday of dinghy sailing. 
Back to Top
 Post Reply Post Reply Page  12>

Forum Jump Forum Permissions View Drop Down

Bulletin Board Software by Web Wiz Forums® version 9.665y
Copyright ©2001-2010 Web Wiz