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    Posted: 01 Apr 18 at 2:38pm
I'll back the idea of following the club classes. One club near here only allows certain classes so if you don't have one of those, you're out. Most clubs have a selection of classes to suit a range of tastes from family plodder to speed machine. Probably there will be a few boats for sale and once you fancy something more exciting you can probably trade up within the club.
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There appears to be a number of sailing clubs on the isle of wight, anyone have any recommendations or experience of them please?
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Its the best way choose the club as they have local knowledge and sail boats that are more suitable for the local conditions. It also helps to integrate into the club and build confidence with helpful guidance.
If they hire club boats its a great way to trail the club out with little commitment. Most clubs do the RYA Push the 'Boat out Day' or 'Try Sailing' free sessions in May/June.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote pij27 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 06 Feb 18 at 7:46am
Sounds like a good plan, find a local club and sail what they sail. Maybe hire a club boat before investing in my own
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Post Options Post Options   Quote Marinesupplies Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 01 Feb 18 at 11:03am
Might be worth thinking about the location you fancy sailing in first and where you are going to store/moor it.
If you intend to join a sailing club choose this first its best to get a boat that is already in the club and get their advice and local knowledge.
They might have a fleet, members will help more and if it does not work out or you find its not for you chances are someone local will buy it off you.
This narrows the options down.
I hope this helps.
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That probably sums it up nicely  Smile I'd add that the buoyancy must be built in and that you can have a smaller suit of sails than the standard 'racing rig' (I used to use a suit of Firefly sails on an Enterprise for teachingg my sons).
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Post Options Post Options   Quote pij27 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 05 Jan 18 at 8:59am
All good advice, so generally a good stable boat for two people is fairly heavy to manoever on the slip and hard standing by one. Watch sail area and make sure boat has sufficient additional boyancy, including a mast head bag, to help in any capsize issues.
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Couple of further thoughts:-

National sailing centre Weymouth had a couple of davit style cranes for launching - works with heavy dinghies and small keelboats. Some clubs will also have a winch at the top of the ramp.

Previous owner of my Wanderer used to tow down to Falmouth and sail single handed. The Wanderer has roller jib furling and slab reefing for the main so you can reduce sail area by 30% (roll jib) in about 30 seconds. Then reduce main by about 20% with reefing (reducing the height of the sail and the leverage)

If you're cruising offshore (as opposed to racing), think of the old adage "reef often, reef early". You take control, not allowing the wind make youjump about.

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Post Options Post Options   Quote 423zero Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 04 Jan 18 at 5:38pm
GP 14, really stable, good for cruising, still need two people on land though, you can always get a local engineering company to laser cut you a steel centreboard for extra stability, get it galvanised.

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Have a look at a Weta Dinghy. Small Trimaran. Fast (but fine for a novice), light and single-handable, and will happily take passengers. 



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