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I'm thinking of getting a boat for my oldest daughter, a small 13 year old, but not sure what to get. She's done some childrenísí sailing weeks in a Pico so feels happy with one of those but I'd be interested in any alternatives. I donít know how sheíll take to it so Iím not buying new and since I don't want to spend all year fixing or painting it needs to be GRP or Rotomoulded.

My first thought was a Topper but she wants something she can take a friend out on, so that's out. My current favourite is a Topaz Uno with the plus pack (a jib) which she could sail 1 or 2 up, if she takes to it there's always the Race or Race X rig to add later. Apart from that thereís a GRP Mirror but that is 2 person only        

 



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A good question is always what the other youngsters at your club sail...
At our club they take friends out in their Toppers often enough...
To my mind the Feva is by far the nicest of the teens rotomould boats.
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Feva is a fairly good choice- if I recall correctly it can be rigged as an Una-rig, without shrouds, and there's a sail that can roller-reef like a topper/pico/topaz.

Of the teen-rotomolds, the Topaz is, by contrast to the Feva, by far the worst. i'm not quite sure exactly what it is about it, but having sailed all three (admittedly I'm far larger than they're designed to take) the Topaz is the most uncomfortable and the most frustrating to sail.

 

Alternative to the Feva, there's the RS Q'Ba which whilst it has a silly name, does have a jib option too- in fact, the Pico and Topper have jib-pack options, though they're not much good (in the case of the Pico, I swear it reduces the performance of the boat).

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It also depends on how it is going to be stored.

I personally prefer the Laser Pico over the RS and the Topper version due to the durability of the plastic and the Saleability of the boats once you have had enough of it.

The RS Feva is a great boat and can be sailed with just a main sail alone but I wasnt aware of a sail that can be rolled similar to a pico. The mast is supported by shrouds for the kite, the jib is only rope fed so doesnt support the mast like other boats.

Depending on budget I'd go for the Pico, loads around. If sailing with others, then there is the Feva. After the Pico, they may want to move onto the Laser Radial.
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the roller furled main is the "RS Feva S Reefable Mainsail" they sell. Still hoists using the halyard.
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Feva has a socail scene for teenagers.
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If you have a sailing area that hard to launch/recover from get a Pico, more or less bullet proof.

Feva is a good boat that performs better and is more versatile

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I vote for the Cadet every time, but I guess the best advice is to go with what is popular at your club.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote SX-ed up Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 12 May 10 at 11:29am

Thanks for all this advice, it looks like the Topaz gets the thumbs down and I'll be stretching the budget for a Feva.

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what sort of weight?

My 13 year old sails our Splash and he is very light. Under 40kg. If she is 45kg upwards it would be worth thinking about.

For a crewed boat... it's a Mirror every time for me.
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