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    Posted: 14 Sep 17 at 6:40pm
Both 2000 and Vago are heavy for their size/sail area. When alongside one inthe Merlin and you get a gust, they are quickly left behind. One new Vago atthe club weighed in at some 20kgs over Laser claimed hull weight. Newer 2ks may be more down to weight no that Laser don't build them but still heavy.
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I'm not sure I'd want to haul a Wayfarer up the slip with only a 9 year old to help.........
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 I regularly sail a Hartley wayfarer with a lead centreboard which makes it very stable and almost uncapsizable...it is a great boat especially if you're beginning and even gas an Assymetric for downwind fun! It's the sort of boat that we will probably keep for a long time
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Originally posted by GarethT

Did the Miracle ever get a re-launch/re-brand like a number of other older classes have.

Always struck me as a great little boat, but the only ones I ever saw in the flesh were kit builds.


Never re-branded, but they are quite snazzy these days - Laminate sails are the latest. My last one was a proper looker, with fireballesque holes in the foredeck for the spinny bags

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Miracles are alive and well thank you very much, Banditing all over our lake and occasionally on the sea, fully agree they are good at doing the parent child thing opening up endless opportunity for child abuse and prolonging the museum piece sailing association that the majority of this sport is.
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Originally posted by GarethT

Did the Miracle ever get a re-launch/re-brand like a number of other older classes have.

Always struck me as a great little boat, but the only ones I ever saw in the flesh were kit builds.

Yes, there are GRP ones, pretty ideal little machines for the right circumstance, which for us was my grandfather wanting something relatively light and easy to sail in a small bit of water 
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Did the Miracle ever get a re-launch/re-brand like a number of other older classes have.

Always struck me as a great little boat, but the only ones I ever saw in the flesh were kit builds.
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this is the role that the Miracle was made for. It's a proper little boat, that will accommodate you both well, and with the spinnaker, theres a skill to grow into. the fact that the crew sits in it os also reassuring for little uns

Over and above that its light, and this is something you need to consider when ashore, because your 9 year old will be off looking for crisps, pop or a warm shower when you need to drag it up the slipway.

Really, go no further than a Miracle for this job
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The laser 2ooo looks interesting, any thoughts on the Vago
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I'm 6'2" and 13st and sail with my 9yr old daughter who is about 1m42cm and about 5 1/2st in a Graduate, (She's been crewing for me since she was 4) and we get on really well. There are various other classes that would suit, Firefly, Miracle, Laser 2000. But as we say time and time again, look at what is sailed at your home club. If you end up with the only boat of its type its really tough to keep the interest when you have no one to directly compete against and to work off of.
If you are sailing inland on a small lake, you might get away with an Ent, Albacore etc. but at 9 your son might struggle and you might find yourself a bit on the light side.
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