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    Posted: 11 Oct 22 at 6:10pm
Club Lasers are dying now and need replacement for next year, so RS has lent us their Neo Demo boat for three weeks.

I've just put it all together and seems ok.

Anyone have any experience of them they'd share. If they are liked by club members we'd be buying three.

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Iíd be going for a Fusion. Neo has carbon spars which doesnít sound robust enough for club use. But it all depends on who is going to be using them. 
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We probably need to know what these club boats are going to be used for before we can give advice . Are they going to be used mostly for training or are they going to be used for your members to hire and race ? 
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We have had Neo's for at least one season and I havnt seen any problems or been made aware of any issues.
I was on the sailing committee although not on the training side but would expect to pick up any negative feedback (like the general view on the Quest as a back breaker)
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The RS Neo rig is near identical to the the RS Aero 6 so with a modern performance rig the RS Neo benefits in being a good progressive trainer.
That rig paired with the roto-moulded RS Neo hull makes the RS Neo a robust and relatively stable option for beginners.

These carbon spars are very robust, just like the RS Aero's are. I suggest more robust than metal overall and much more user friendly. The feather-weight carbon mast is a joy when lifting into the hull to rig or when righting after a capsize.

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Boats will be used by anyone as general club use, went out this morning in light winds and it feels rather like a Pico. Heavy though. Over the week end there will be more people taking it out.

We don't hire boats, members pay a £40/year boat use fee and then access is via booking on the club website. They can be used anytime, members are responsible for their own safety.
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One good thing about the Aero mast (on the Aero anyway) is that the sealed topmost and external halyard means it is reluctant to turn turtle when capsized. Assuming that the Neo is the same, that would be very useful at a relatively shallow venue. At the Dittisham Regatta , just across the river, I noticed that their D Zeros all had masthead wallybags
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Post Options Post Options   Quote Paramedic Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 12 Oct 22 at 8:22pm
Originally posted by Old bloke

masthead wallybags

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Iíve had the misfortune (or ineptitude) to capsize my D-Zero several times in my short ownership and it has yet to even try to turtle. It, like the Aero, has an external halyard and I assume the mast is effectively sealed (even though there is a join).
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Iíve seen loads of D-zeros racing, never seen any ever use a mast float. 
As itís also has a carbon mast with a sealed top section and a exterior halyard , I cannot think it would be anymore likely to turtle than a Aero . 
Anyone on here sailed both and can give us a comparison? 


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