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    Posted: 05 Sep 17 at 9:09pm
I appreciate that this might have been asked before, but I would welcome suggestions.

We are looking to get a dinghy to suit our family of 2 adults and 3 children (aged 8-13).
We're looking for a dinghy that 
- is low maintenance
- will be able to raced at our local sailing club
- be reasonably cheap (2000 is our budget).
- will provide thrills and spills for the children but not completely terrify my wife!

I'd welcome as much advice as possible to give us some ideas.

Many thanks.
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Look at the Laser Stratos. We have one at our club that does exactly what you describe.
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Depends if you want them all in the boat.
I would suggest a 2k
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Post Options Post Options   Quote vics2003 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 02 Oct 17 at 9:33pm
Thanks for your help. That's really helpful. 
I was thinking about a Laser Vago, but I've no experience of sailing one.
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Think about the Vago as little as possible, sail it less.
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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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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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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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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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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.
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