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Originally posted by Iain C

My son will be five soon, and I'm thinking about getting a boat which we can sail together.  I'm 90kg so have a lot of the weight requirement "covered", and I've sailed high performance boats for years right up to Moths and 18s, so it doesn't nesessarily have to be something really safe and boring.

I've taken him out in my Fireball when it was very light (obviously he wasn't trapezing or using the kite haha) but I want something that we can sail "properly" in reasonable breeze.  Obviously I have no desire to put him off, so I won't take him out in big winds until he's older and wants to do it.

We may wish to do the odd club pond race, but we won't yet be thinking about Nationals etc...let's see if he enjoys it first.

Needs to be fairly cheap, and ideally nothing wooden unless it's in very good order/epoxied.  I thought of the following...

N12...cute little boat but is it too tippy?
Mirror...seems a bit "obvious" and not very comfy to sail but could be good when he starts helming..
Miracle...do they all have 'orrible aft sheeting?
Tasar...is it a bit fast, and is that spanner hard work for a small child?
RS200...probably out of budget but if I found a knacker could that be an option?

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  • N12 - Paper Dart (wickedly fast on restricted water) - after a while move on to more modern N12s keep it for pot hunting at Henley and River Trent etc...

  • Mirror - Obvious for a reason. Loved my time with Luke. Make sure its a racing spec and has a kite on it.

  • Enterprise - maybe (jib might be tough at 5 years)?

  • Don't get anything too tippy/performance - you'll put him off. It's not about you, it's about him.

  • Don't do it buy him an old wooden Oppy.




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Post Options Post Options   Quote andymck Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 16 Sep 20 at 3:19pm
I have looked at this a lot
We ended up selling the N12, thought it was a DCB which was a bit much for the kids at 6
We joined the L2k band at Rutland.
Itís perfect for sailing with a kid,
Pirate battles, ice cream sails, takes the whole family and racing is very close.

Borrow one

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Post Options Post Options   Quote Rupert Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 16 Sep 20 at 8:05pm
For that money, a Firefly or, for a bit more tippyness for dad, a Lark.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote andymck Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 16 Sep 20 at 9:36pm
Iain

Come chat to me or Steve TC next time you are at the club
Many of us are only to happy to lend out boats to experienced sailors.


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I started with my 2 in a 420, which was perfect. As a six footer, I had plenty of room under the boom, there was space up front for the children, option of a spinnaker, and high freeboard, so the kids sit in, not on. A cheap 420 is just a couple of hundred quid. Bargain.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote rb_stretch Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 17 Sep 20 at 4:09pm
I actually started mine in an Albacore, but only in light winds. It gave them plenty of space to indulge in other child activities such as looking for fish or playing with the bailer. 
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Post Options Post Options   Quote maxibuddah Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 17 Sep 20 at 4:13pm
How about a graduate? Thereís a Rooster one for sale on a certain facebook sales group but it is £5k
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Post Options Post Options   Quote Chris_H Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 17 Sep 20 at 5:46pm
I love the Firefly, I really do. I cut my teeth on it when in the school sailing team. However, it can be a bit capsizable on the run and not best for a 5yr old.  

Having said all that, I would love to own a new one ..... One of my all time fave boats (together with a 5-Oh)
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