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    Posted: 10 May 17 at 7:41pm
I have recently started out sailing (completed L1+2).  I borrow my daughter's RS Tera to practice with but I'm looking for a dinghy I can cruise around Portland Harbour and occasionally in the Solent.  The latter in the right conditions. 

Are there many dinghies to choose from in my weight category (55-57kg)?  Besides how is an ideal pairing calculated for helm/hull/sail?  I imagine a lot of it's down to skill, but is it calculated on the worst case scenario, ie. blowing an almighty gale and keeping the boat upright, or simply for optimum speed?

I know my choice of boat is like to be a temporary one until my skills improve (eventual aim is a Laser 4.7 or RS Aero for solo sailing) although I wouldn't be shy of buying more than one boat to fit whatever scenario or purpose, but for now I'd like a boat to occasionally sail with my daughter (10yo wisp!) on a cruise basis.  It needs to be fairly easy to launch and retrieve although the sailing academy is pretty well equipped with all ratios of ramp.  Daughter has no fear so I don't have to worry about 'tippiness' but it needs to be fairly leisurely for the purpose of a 'cruise' dinghy, and will need a jib for her keep busy with..

I like the look of the Gull and wondered if it might be suitable?  I'd prefer to avoid wood.  Any thoughts here or other suggestions please?


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Exactly the purpose of the Mirror Dinghy. There are glass ones out there, though older ones are rare.
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Optimum crew weights are usually what would be most competitive across the wind ranges when racing so if you are inexperienced being at the top of the weight range might make life easier. Smaller sails help a lot too, and heavier boats are less tricky to handle so traditional classes and boats used for training will usually be more forgiving. The Mirror is well proven and a good boat, as is the Gull and the Heron, any might be suitable along with a number of modern boats like the Topaz range and such like.

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One of our members built her own UK Farr 3.7 and sails out of Shoreham. I believe she is 43kg! This is light even for a Farr 3.7 but at 57kg you'd have a big advantage sailing in normal UK conditions. You'd have to depower earlier with the standard rig but the classes developing slightly small sails to help the ultra light sailors. I'd be thinking about a Farr 3.7.
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A Farr to sail with a 10 year old?!
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Originally posted by Rupert

A Farr to sail with a 10 year old?!

Quite..... !!!

Plastic Mirror would be ideal,
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Thank you for suggestions.  I know the Mirror seems the sensible option but unfortunately my thoughts of the Mirror is it has one of the faces only a mother could love ;) 

I havn't come across the Farr - I'll take a squint.
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I did paint a face on the front of my son's original Mirror​. Looked great. Personally, love the look of the boat. Jaunty would cover it, with the nice shearline and bright red sails.
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I borrow my daughter's RS Tera to practice with but I'm looking for a dinghy I can cruise around Portland Harbour and occasionally in the Solent.  The latter in the right conditions.  

Are there many dinghies to choose from in my weight category (55-57kg)?  Besides how is an ideal pairing calculated for helm/hull/sail?

 but for now I'd like a boat to occasionally sail with my daughter (10yo wisp!) on a cruise basis.  It needs to be fairly easy to launch and retrieve although the sailing academy is pretty well equipped with all ratios of ramp.  Daughter has no fear so I don't have to worry about 'tippiness' 




 






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Have a look at the RS Feva.  Single handed will be a slight compromise, but not a big deal.  Will be great to sail with the daughter.  Could even race it together.
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