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I understand Charlie C is 90kg's and just won the windy nationals in a Winder II. I sail on the sea so usually more wind and the phantom is too 'on the knees' for me- there are a couple at my club but bigger guys than me! 

 I am just trying to work out if a winder II or a boatyard at beer is a good starting point. The winder is good for weight, but says its optimised for inland. The BY@B boat is the most recent iteration and seems to be well thought of. I realise its all marginal, just don't want to start with the wrong hull for my weight.
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I was about to say that Charlie C is 90kg ...

Apparantly some of the Phantom sailors at our club are now talking about returning to Solos, because their knees are hurting ... in a Solo you can still sit on the side deck and heel to windward on the downwind legs rather than kneel.

I wouldnt get too obsessed with what the builders publicity says; there are five significant production FRP Solos;  Winder 1a, Winder 2, Boatyard at Beer, Ovington and JP/P&B.  Each has their proponents, and each has achieved top results in recent events.

A 10+ year old Winder 1 won a windy Salcombe Yacht Club Regatta last week sailed by a gentleman who I suspect was 90kg+ (I didnt ask).

The amount of rocker tends to determine the weight carrying ability, in simple terms, more rocker lifts the transom out of the water, reducing drag.

I believe that the Ovington has most rocker, the Winder 2 has plenty of rocker and the Winder 1a has least.  I don't know about the Boatyard at Beer or the JP.  The B@B boat is a really nicely put together boat with some good detailing.

After several Winder 1a's I now have a Winder 2, which is a really really nice boat, is fast to windward and tacks beautifully ... I sail at 83kg.  I sail on an estuary.

There is a lot of comment about Solo boom height, and to pre-empt this, the more recent sails don't demand excessive amounts of kicker, this and decent tacking technique has vastly improved the Solo shoulder bruising/head banging experience.

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