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    Posted: 04 Oct 17 at 9:04pm
One of our members sails an Enterprise on his own all the time, can't remember last time he capsized, he weighs about 14 stone, I had one until recently, never sailed it on my own though.
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I'd recommend an Enterprise. Good for racing, cruising, and easy to launch and recover. And you can get plastic versions.

And, if pressed you can sail it single-handedly. Never tried that myself, but someone at our club did this a while ago with good results.


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Does your club allow multihulls?
Dart 15 could suit. I used to have one and it provided pretty much all you're looking for.
Stable platform to not scare the nervous. Sailable 2-up, great for kids to do jib stuff and even get onto the trapeze for extra fun. Cruise around or go racing solo.

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Won't be going out all together. Thinking of something big enough to take a child or two and be able to be sailed singlehanded (and be reasonably light to get in and out of the water)
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If you want to take 2 adults and 3 kids out at the same time a Mirror is way too small. If it's one adult/one kid at a time then fine. For the whole family together my first thought would be a wayfarer.
One hull good, two hulls better.
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The Feva is a nice boat, but tiny at the front end, kneeling room only. Designed as a boat for younger teens, really, a job it does excellently. Having said that, a chap I know used it single-handed, with kite, for Wednesday night racing when his Contender was broken, and he went very well.
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You can get fibreglass Mirrors and Miracles i believe. I would also say that a recent wooden boat which has been expoxied from new requires very little maintenance especially if you are able to store inside between sails. I had a Merlin which was epoxied from new and the maintenance involved was minimal.


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What a minefield this is! Thanks for all your help.
I learnt to sail in a mirror but am put off by the prospect of maintenance of wooden hullef boat.

Any opinion on RS Feva (which is also on my shortlist).

Thanks again for everyone's help. I appreciate it!
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Vagos are usually much over the weight quoted by their makers as a result of their poor build quality control and also suffer from problems with damaged to cockpit floor and foredeck due to poor build.

Very sluggish to sail. Go for Mirror or Miracle as recommended above.
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Think about the Vago as little as possible, sail it less.
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