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    Posted: 20 Feb 18 at 9:09pm
Hi

My club has several Lasers that we want to replace. They don't get used much and are unsuitable for our older demographic and the water we use.

Some members have suggested we get Solos. However this would mean more maintenance as they would have to be GRP and about 300-500. 

So we need a modern ish plastic dinghy about the same weight as a Solo, mast with a proper halyard and a centreboard that also has a cockpit of about the same depth as the solo.

For the right boat we would be able to raise more cash but are still looking at secondhand.

Any ideas?
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You absolutely don't want 300-500 glass Solos. I'm not sure, though, there are many other options in that price range.
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Take a look at the newly upgraded mark 3 Lightning 368.

It looks stunning, has pivoting centreboard, deep but self draining cockpit, tracked mast with carbon top, choice of Dacron or Mylar sail.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote Rupert Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 20 Feb 18 at 9:21pm
Missed the 3-500 price bracket. Still better off with Lightnings than Solos, as they hold together well, but not sure any boat of that age is likely to survive club usage, and the sails will be rubbish.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote Neptune Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 20 Feb 18 at 10:01pm
Lightening, comet, byte, fixer or something like that. I see too many of an older demographic being able to climb back in a solo post capsize (it will happen).


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No grants available ?
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If you could get grants then something like a Fusion would be a good fit. Well mannered enough to be used for training. Big enough for an adult to sail. Comfy enough and robust enough to survive club use.

You could get 4 for a 10k grant too (and the money the club was going to put in could get you a 5th). They have a dacron or mylar sail options too and an optional jib (on a halyard).

Sails wrap round the mast so the only real issue is somewhere to store them.

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Thanks for all the useful replies,

Looks like the only one that has the desired characteristics is the Lightning, the Centreboard being a Very desirable feature as well as the proper mainsail and halyard combo. So much damage and general chaos has been caused by rigging lasers on the beach (head injuries) and difficulties depowering coming in on a lee shore. (how far can you drive one up a rocky beach!) It's straightforward if you know how but not all our members do.....

We have just built a new clubhouse, so will have to get financially stable  before we apply for more grants, however second hand 700/boat could well be possible, we don't have to do it all at once and selling the 4 Lasers could raise about 1100 which would help.
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Smaller and less racy, the RS Zest has a pivoting board, but may not work in other ways!
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Post Options Post Options   Quote Riv Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 21 Feb 18 at 4:29pm
Yes Zest's a possibility also, I'll get a go in one.
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