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Post Options Post Options   Quote tmoore Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 09 Sep 08 at 12:11pm

if you were unsure, thats steve bolland, our recently crowned national champion and illustrious leader (aka class rep). i will also vote for the 300, very rewarding when you get it right but in the short lumpy stuff it can be rather challenging

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Post Options Post Options   Quote Ian29937 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 09 Sep 08 at 12:38pm
Originally posted by Black no sugar

Originally posted by Matt Jackson

Contenders carry weight but the bigger and heavier you are the more uncomfortable they are in lighter stuff.

I'm almost 16 stone and almost 6ft and sailing on a lake I'm getting getting a bit disillusioned with my Contender as it's not very rewarding results wise below a F3. Considering a Phantom if only I could find one!

So are you the same Matt Jackson who keeps appearing in the RS700 open results?

The other Matt Jackson sails with the growing 700 fleet at Carsington in Derbyshire.

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A megabyte would be ideal for you - if you can get hold of one secondhand.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote jamesewanharvey Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 12 Nov 08 at 6:30pm
Phantom    

Great boats which are not supidly tippy or over demanding yet also provide a decent challenge for the experienced sailer.

Another good thing is they wont give you a hernia pulling them out of the water.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote Status Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 13 Nov 08 at 4:27pm

Greetings from another substantial individual (I prefer the term rather than saying fat) looking for a singlehander.

I was thinking of a Phantom (but the budget will not stretch to a recent one) or an RS300 (the budget will not stretch to any one).

Other options were a Streaker (told I'm too heavy), Solo (told they are quite slow), Laser - possibly with Rooster 8.1 (this remains an option).

No interested in trapeze boats as the lake is too small for them.

Would a Finn be an option? If not, why not?

Would the Laser be the best option or are there others in the 1000 price range (obviously second hand) that I should be looking at.

Not really hijacking the thread as it is on the same basis as the original question.

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Where are you sailing status?  I have a streaker, or rather, the other half does - and I know that at 131/2 stone I am too heavy for it.  I also have a phantom, for which I'm really too light - anything over f2 blows me away!

The rooster 8.1 gets very favourable reviews, so might be worth you looking into.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote Status Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 13 Nov 08 at 10:46pm

Milton Keynes Sailing Club but I hope to do a few of the Open meetings at other clubs in and around the area..

A Phantom would be great but decent ones cost much more than my current budget. At about 16 stone I think a Streaker is a non-starter although they are really nice boats.

Looks like a Laser is going to be the best option and then get an 8.1 to go with the standard rig/

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Post Options Post Options   Quote chrisclark123 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 14 Nov 08 at 8:28am
My advice is if you can find an old finn for 1000 snap it up, however for you budget a rooster 8.1 would be perfect.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote Status Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 07 Dec 08 at 9:04am

I settled in the end on a Solo for the following reasons:

Lots more room than a Laser and the sails last longer.

Excellent and very helpful Class Association

One came up at the right price.

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Post Options Post Options   Quote Late starter Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 07 Dec 08 at 6:37pm
Originally posted by Status

I settled in the end on a Solo for the following reasons:

Lots more room than a Laser and the sails last longer.

Excellent and very helpful Class Association

One came up at the right price.


I'd be interested how you get on as a big guy in a Solo as I'm another heavyweight looking for my next boat. I've sailed Phantoms before and like the boat, but don't really want to spend the £4-5k it would take to get a current spec boat. I've tried an 8.1 and while its a good concept its still a Laser, which with advancing years seems more uncomfortable every time I sail one!

I notice that the Solo class site claims that big guys can be competitive with the rght choice of rig. This is interesting if its correct as there seem to be plenty of boats around at different budgets and I don't get the sense the class has had the same sort of arms race that, like the Phantoms for example, has grandfathered older boats. Can anyone comment on fat boy Solo sailing?
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