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In no particular order;

Flying Dutchman
Finn
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Tornado
D-Zero
RS300
Europe
Magnum-era Moths
SSD Rocket Moth
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Cornish Shrimper


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I love my Shrimper (the 'other' boat) dearly and think they are an all time design classic ...    But I do struggle to see it as a 'dinghy' really at 1,065kg and with that more 'relaxed' approach to speed !   Wink
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Originally posted by Cirrus

I love my Shrimper (the 'other' boat) dearly and think they are an all time design classic ...   !   

Have been looking at buying a Shrimper myself for next year when we move to Mersea Island. Agree they are an all time classic and perfect for the Blackwater area.
My Aero for racing/blasting, Shrimper for relaxing fun with the other half.
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The Shrimper is a lovely looking boat, definitely not a dinghy, but I do fancy one when I'm too old for the Spice (it'll be that or a Sadler 25, another gorgeous non-dinghy).
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Centreboard - tick. Why not a big Dinghy?😜
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'Cos it has a lid on it  Wink
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... So a 'Sportsboat' then I suppose....  No not really  LOL
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Dragon for me, absolutely the most beautiful keelboat IMO.  Etchells look good under sail, as do Solings, Swallows and Redwings.  I suppose the Shrimper has some oldy-worldy charm.

Beautiful dinghies is a tougher job to narrow down to just one.  If pushed I'd have to say NSM/Summer Wine/NSM2 era Merlin Rockets were gorgeous, as were Nat12's around the same time.  Scorpion hasn't had a mention yet and should have done! Old-school cold-moulded Firefly's and the redoubtable Osprey's both have lots of charm. Hard to look past a Bonnezi Contender with single-handers for me.  D-Zero is pretty, so are British Moths, in an odd-but-charming sort of way (bit like Thales A-Raters and Norfolk Punts)


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