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Argo vs Quest?

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Topic: Argo vs Quest?
Posted By: tomjv
Subject: Argo vs Quest?
Date Posted: 19 Sep 17 at 11:09pm
Here's my question:
What's a better boat for me, the Topaz Argo or RS Quest?

Ok, I know I just said a MOUTHFULL!

Me and my needs:
I want a boat for my lake house <15' so I can store it in-doors.
I'm 56 (&wife) and we will sail 75% of the time together, 25% me alone.
I'm a brand new sailor. Bought a Zuma and LOVE it, but it's too small for my old knees and back LOL. I can "do it", but I can't tolerate the cramped conditions for long.
We will never race, but we want something with some zip and somewhat stable. (really? ahahaha) I liked the Bahia until I saw video of it running with spinnaker and it looked like a cow!

We will sail on lakes only(decent size, say 6000 acres)up in Maine.
We're gonna trailer and ramp launch.

I definitely want a jib and spinnaker, but don't care about a trap.
I don't want a motor or oars.
A small dry storage area would be cool.

I've narrowed my search down to these two boats largely due to size and function. I'm going to RI next week to demo the RS. It looks like a fine boat, but I'm stuck on the Argo for some reason. I like that huge AL thwart for one thing. The boom looks more sturdy for another. It's also 50# lighter than the Quest.

Does anyone actually OWN these boats?
Where do they blog?

TomJV


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TomJV



Replies:
Posted By: Daniel Holman
Date Posted: 21 Sep 17 at 6:33pm
Hi Tom.
If you're going to Zim in Rhode Island you should also check out the Hartley 15. May just about fit inside your boat house!!
Dan


Posted By: Neptune
Date Posted: 21 Sep 17 at 8:36pm
6000 acres, that's 2 times the size of Windermere, the largest fresh water lake in England. No idea about either boat, but I'm jealous of your sailing area

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RS300, ex Musto Skiff


Posted By: tomjv
Date Posted: 21 Sep 17 at 11:21pm
Funny how things work out sometimes ... I was at sis's house in Westport CT yesterday installing a shelf. I got done early and thought, I'll go talk to the RS guy the next town up I95. I did a quick google search and wound up at Westport town dock instead. They have a fleet of ~16 Hunter 140s that are about 10yo and they will be SELLING!    
I arrived and found the staff buttoning up the marina for the winter. I couldn't sail, but I had an opportunity to check out that boat. Very nice boat. Certainly, it would be fine to leave at the camp in Maine. Still, it's for ME and I'd like something NEW, COOL and NICE.
The Hunter is a big tub LOL. One of the staff guys spoke to me for 20 min. He related that they're rented ALL day, ALL summer and they are basically bullet proof. They weigh a ton, I think. The cockpit is spacious, but not especially deep. He also said, PARTS are a problem and that's why they're turning them over. Keep in mind it's We$tport.
It's a small world! Turns out they're dealing with the same guy I am with the RS and they're gonna buy like 32 boats from him, and GUESS what boat? . . . RS Quest. I called him and gave him a "heads up" thinking maybe they'd like to go to RI next week. He was happy, but had it covered.
That's all for now. I'm psyched for RI. Hopefully the next storm after Jose doesn't screw things up.
TomJV

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TomJV


Posted By: tomjv
Date Posted: 21 Sep 17 at 11:32pm
Rangeley Lakes, Maine
We stay on Dodge Pond. It's "only" 215 acres LOL. It's a nice sailing lake, but the wind fluctuates with the mountains etc. It's great for my Zuma.

The surrounding lakes are:
Rangeley Lake
Mooselookmeguntic (yes, really!) Lake (10min)
Cupsuptic Lake (10min)
Flagstaff Lake (20min)
Upper Richardson Lake (20min)
Lower Richardson Lake (ditto, via upper RL)
Aziscohos Lake (20 min)
Web Lake (45 min)

These lakes are all close by, all HUGE. Don't get too jealous though, they can get really windy/wavy really FAST! I've been out in my 18' deep V powerboat almost swamped! On the right day, at the right time though, things are wonderful ; )

TomJV

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TomJV


Posted By: Neptune
Date Posted: 22 Sep 17 at 1:07pm
Originally posted by tomjv

they can get really windy/wavy really FAST! 

TomJV

Even more jealous now LOL


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RS300, ex Musto Skiff



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