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    Posted: 24 Feb 18 at 3:11pm
Hey,
That's great news! I thought I'd take this opportunity to plug my facebook page. I started an Argo Owners page. I couldn't find anything similar, so I'm hopeful some folks find it. As of now, nobody's found me . . .   ; (
This should be a link:
https://www.facebook.com/groups/1612829512115234/

There's no ads or strings attached. I just would like to hook up with some owners as I'm all alone with this boat and I'm sure I'll have Qs this spring.

Thanks!
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Sounds like heaven to me. Too bad it's so far away from where I am at the moment. I have an Argo btw and I love it.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote PeterG Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 09 Feb 18 at 8:57am
We will sail on lakes only(decent size, say 6000 acres)up in Maine. 

Reminds me of a day trip I did decades ago on Moosehead Lake, which was fantastic. In a outboard powered dinghy sadly, but the lake seemed to go on forever, endless forests and hardly any sign of human life, and endless islands - Swallows and Amazons territory on steroids. Fab.
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Hi,
I've used the Topper Argo (I'm assuming same dinghy as in UK) for teaching RYA levels 1 to 3.
Stable dinghy with main & jib, but interesting with the big genniker.
You might want to invest in a reduced area mainsail, instead if reefing.

We had a problem with the floor in one of the boats - later versions have foam blocks between the hull & floor to prevent the floor from flexing and cracking. Remember that these were used for teaching, and had a harder life than most dinghies!

Enjoy tge experience,

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Post Options Post Options   Quote tomjv Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 16 Nov 17 at 2:42pm
Thanks! I'm pretty psyched.
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Having sailed the Argo recently and enjoyed it, I think you'll have fun. Congratulations!
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If anyone cares, WHY I went Argo over Quest.
A few reasons. Admittedly, I never sailed it, so I'm taking a chance. I sailed the Quest though, and it seemed fine. It struck me as a bit slow in the water.

First, I narrowed my search to these two boats for a couple of reasons. I needed something less than 15' for storage reasons.
I wanted something sporty. I wanted new or nearly so.   I wanted something either 1 or two handed. I wanted the spinnaker.

1. Construction - I don't like the idea of the Quest's optional $6XX foredeck. The Argo foredeck is an integral part of the hull, most likely making it both lighter and stronger. I liked the look of the Argo thwart better too.
The Argo hull is 50# lighter than Quest(without the 30# optional foredeck!)
The Argo has greater sail area than Quest.

2. Style - I just liked the look of the Argo from day one.   I couldn't get myself to warm up to the Quest. The green is awful.

3. Awards - The Argo is recognized by Sailing world as 2015 dinghy of the year. "I got that going for me . . ."

4.Advice - I spoke to one person who sailed both, back-to-back first in light winds, then in moderate winds. Hands down she preferred the Argo citing its stability as superior to the Quest.

5. Price - Both boats came in remarkably close in price. The Quest was cheaper, but once I added the spinnaker and foredeck they balanced out. In fact, the Argo was actually a couple hundred cheaper which paid for half the shipping to my door.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote tomjv Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 15 Nov 17 at 4:08pm
Ha! I pulled the trigger on a 2017 Argo Sport!

Got it from EastCoastSailboats, Hardy Peters, should be delivered this weekend. Too bad it's FREEZIN' OUT up here. LOL
Got a decent black Friday deal.


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Post Options Post Options   Quote Neptune Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 22 Sep 17 at 1:07pm
Originally posted by tomjv

they can get really windy/wavy really FAST! 

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Even more jealous now  LOL
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Post Options Post Options   Quote tomjv Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post 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 ; )

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