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    Posted: 12 Jul 17 at 9:10pm
Looking for some advice on what dingy to buy? What a 2 hander for myself and my 9 year old who is new to sailing amd I haven't sailed for 30 years.
Was thinking of an RS Vision or Feva thinking they would be easy mmaintenance, but the GP14 and Albacore also interest me.
Any thoughts or recommendations?
It would be used mainly on inland waters and occasional seaside holidaysays.
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How big are you, and how big is the 9 year old likely to get in the next year or so? If you're 11 stone or less and under about 5'9 the Feva would be a fine choice.
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I'm 5'11'' and 13 to 14 stone, my boy is average height and weight.
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The Feva is a youth class so will have plenty of class support, spares, events and routes into serious racing if that's something you want to follow. Best bet is to give one a try and see if you fit.  With it being a big class you should be able to find someone close who will let you have a go.
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If you're just looking for some fun, you could pick up a Laser 2 for pennies. It will do as a 2 sail bimbler whilst you get started but as your boy grows and you both get more adventurous there is spinnaker and trapeze fun to be had.
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I was in the same situation two years ago, and I bought an Ent (without really knowing anything about the boats sailed at our club). Have been very happy with it, and my kids also like it. Easy to sail, not a huge number of controls to take care of, and more spacious than a GP14.
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The 2000 is a great option in your situation.
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The drawback with getting a clapped out Laser 2 for pennies is that you end up with a clapped out boat that needs lots of pounds spent on it. This may not be what you want.

A decent Enterprise or Laser 2000 wouldn't be bad choices by the sound of it. A GP14 would work too, if a bit heavy on shore. Albacore is maybe too powerful and also a bit heavy. Be very wary of old cheap fibreglass Enterprises, they usually leak like sieves. I'd only get a plastic Enterprise if it were a relatively modern one with a foam sandwich core.
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Agree that the 2000 is a great choice, but not knowing budgets I'd just say you can get 3 fair laser 2s for the cost of a ratty 2000 (which does reflect how good the 2000 is that even the crap ones aren't that cheap).
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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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