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    Posted: 15 Sep 16 at 9:13am
Came across this:


Apparently a JV which includes the biggest producer of rotomoulds in Europe.

I am no fan of 'tupperware' boats but this one does look good and seems to be pretty responsive and has some nice ideas (handles at the bow to help with recovery). The lines might also look familiar to some giving a clue as to who the person behind the design is....
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Feva-alike

If it was Huawei and HP I would speculate someone would be on the phone to their lawyers.....
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Different market to the Feva, which is very much in the Cadet mould of being a pure junior boat, though easier for an adult than the Cadet! This looks more like a bigger Q'ba to me, with D zero styling. Which sounds quite appealing.
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My goodness, not another multi-purpose sailing dinghy........geez, as if there wasn't enough to choose from......ah well, guess that progress.....
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Originally posted by dieharddinghysailor

My goodness, not another multi-purpose sailing dinghy........geez, as if there wasn't enough to choose from......ah well, guess that progress.....

Probably quite high profit margins if you can break into the beach holiday/activity centre market.
These rotomoulders probably make compost bins for 20 the rest of the week, my bin even has that bow handle....
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Oddly enough, I can see the appeal.  

I watched a couple of guys out sailing on a really little lake near me last summer.  I happened to be there for a big family & friends picnic.  They were singlehanding mirrors (no kite, but messing around with the jib)- no real wind to speak of, but enough to pootle around between a couple of marks for something vaguely competitive.  Shorts n' T-shirts stuff.   

I chatted to them after they came ashore-  as you do when other dinghy folk appear when you were least expecting it.  They said they got mirrors purely because their kids were fickle and it was the 'perfect boat' for either taking them or not, no bother either way.  

I liked their attitude, and their approach to whole thing.... it was just for a laugh and they weren't trying to fool anyone about their abilities, ambitions or the inherent coolness of their vessel, especially themselves.  

This looks like that kind of boat - albeit nicer modern lines and f**k all wood work.    

The price is exceptional too - Good luck to all concerned.  
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Originally posted by turnturtle

Oddly enough, I can see the appeal. 

I liked their attitude, and their approach to whole thing.... it was just for a laugh and they weren't trying to fool anyone about their abilities, ambitions or the inherent coolness of their vessel, especially themselves.  

This looks like that kind of boat - albeit nicer modern lines and f**k all wood work.    

The price is exceptional too - Good luck to all concerned.  


Absolutely. Could do with a bit more of that in the sport.


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Originally posted by turnturtle


I chatted to them after they came ashore-  as you do when other dinghy folk appear when you were least expecting it.  They said they got mirrors purely because their kids were fickle and it was the 'perfect boat' for either taking them or not, no bother either way.  


My eldest has a Mirror (that is to say I bought it, she sails it...).

I 'borrowed' it a few weeks back and took my 2 year old out in it. She loved it, every second and was wanting more when i eventually said we had to go in. I bribed her with sweets!

Mirrors definitely have an appeal, this will almost certainly appeal to the training centres but i can see it getting a wider following in the same way as the Vago has.
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Originally posted by dieharddinghysailor

My goodness, not another multi-purpose sailing dinghy........geez, as if there wasn't enough to choose from......ah well, guess that progress.....
Probably quite high profit margins if you can break into the beach holiday/activity centre market.These rotomoulders probably make compost bins for 20 the rest of the week, my bin even has that bow handle....

Given that I designed that handle specifically for this application, faired the boat around it and it has only existed in injection moulded format for about 10 days I would be most surprised and impressed!!
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I can see the appeal too. I was on holiday the other week in the lakes, and there were dozens of recreational boaters out. Some had inflatables with a small engine, some had inflatable one or two seat canoes, and there were a couple of Mirrors and a a couple of old Toppers. In other words your typical entry level beach boat crowd, all pretty inexpensive and easy to transport.  In fact I was thinking I could do with a simple car top recreational boat myself for family holidays, and I couldn't think of anything much better than an old Mirror.  So there's definitely room for something a bit more modern in this market and I can see the Fusion fitting right in at those prices. 
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