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Post Options Post Options   Quote Tynesider Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 06 Oct 17 at 3:42pm
Funny I also remember you from the PBO site (I was Caer Urfa). I also sailed offshore single handed for over 50 years and reluctantly sold my motor Sailor during the year. I am 72 and 15.5 stone and wanted still to mainly sail 'single handed', 'I thought' moving from offshore sailing to dinghy sailing would be no problem,         BIG MISTAKE, I started by trying the boats 'I liked the look of' when I eventually went for a boat I was more physically comfortable in and enjoyed sailing, I also tried them all before buying my Hartley 12 , Lasers,Solo, miracles, GP14, Toppers you name it, what you have to remember is your old knees and admit you may not be able to move as quick as you think you can, I could plan to do a tack for 3 minutes offshore, now I might get three seconds, my advice is buy a boat you can now physically handle not what might look good  Smile

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Thanks for all the input. My short list came down to Megabyte, Phantom and Finn. In the end it was a question of what was available so I am now the proud owner of a Finn.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote Do Different Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 18 Oct 17 at 8:44pm
Nice one, not the lightest and most trendy but a classy boat none the less.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote snowleopard Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 01 Apr 18 at 12:25pm
Well after a long winter, I got out for the first time today. The Finn is a powerful beast and goes pretty quickly. With a F2-3 I was able to get it up on the plane a bit and sit on the side rather than squatting in the middle. Hauling 300 lbs up a ramp on your own is not so funny but maybe it will get me fitter. I wouldn't want to try a steep tidal ramp though.

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Good to see you went with the Finn - I joined the Class 2 years ago at the age of 47 and have absolutely loved it! Off to the World Masters next month too!!!
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