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    Posted: 24 Jul 20 at 7:24pm
Is there a current equivalent boat to the Laser Stratos Keel? There were quite a few 'keeled dinghies' around a few years ago but as a concept they seem to have disappeared?

Following an accident I no longer have a good enough sense of balance to sail most conventional centreboard dinghies and I'm looking for something that'll allow me to continue sailing from a dinghy club. All suggestions gratefully received!
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They tend to be heavy like the Stratos Keel (inevitable since they have an extra 60 or 70 kg in the keel). But K1 and K2 spring to mind as does the Flying Fifteen or you could consider a 2.4M if the club can accommodate them (my inland club does and FFs). Or would fitting a steel or ally contemplate to a conventional dinghy work, that would likely be the cheapest option if racing competitively not on the agenda?

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The Topper Xenon is now available with a keel, Xenon K1.  Or something like a Wayfarer is pretty stable even without any lead.
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Don't know if the Laser Vortex is worth considering in your circumstance? It seems a steady enough platform. I did manage to capsize one when I had a play, but only because I thought I'd try sailing it on one hull on a run!
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The RS Venture keel is effectively the updated version of the Stratos keel, by the same designer. Better keel system.

There are sit in keel boats around like theHansa 303 and Liberty which I coach and enjoy sailing but maybe a step too far from dinghies.
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A +1 for the Hansa 303W. It really would be worth giving it a try.
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YW dayboat can be treated like a heavy dinghy if the slipway is not too steep although I would not be behind it winching it up the slope at WOTSC.
If you can use a car , then National 18 or Devon Yawl
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A Devon Yawl won't capsize, but I keep mine on a mooring. Getting it in and once or twice a year is enough! I'm not sure that fits the bill for "sailing from a dinghy club"
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A lot of the Salcombe Yawls dry sail using an ordinary launching trolley, but they do use a car or quad bike to pull them out. Doesn't seem much harder than for an ordinary dinghy
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If the OP sails a MerlinRocket I would suggest the K1 or K2.  
I actually prefer the Stratos Keel and itís keel system to the RS Venture, but spare parts will be more difficult to source.
The draft on the K1 is deeper than the Stratos, and consequently it comes upright more easily despite the lighter keel.  
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