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Originally posted by *jdr*

This hiking business...Is this required for ALL dinghy classes ?


All entry level ones. The boats that don't are very much advanced level and you would get immensely frustrated trying to sail one straight from a yacht. How far you hang out depends on how much you want to win and to an extent the style of boat. Boats with a bit more height off the water (Phantom/Solo for example) are a bit more civilised for sitting out at 75% of max than a Laser. At 90% plus it makes no difference.
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Originally posted by dics

Try an RS300 if you can get hold of one. That'll easily carry your weight. Also a comfortable boat to hike from. Check out RS300.com. Best bet is to arrange a few test sails in each of the classes that interest you.

He is a beginner...a 300 is NOT a beginner's boat! Mind you, the Phantom and Blaze will be somewhat testing for someone who has never sailed before, too.

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What about a supernova? Not too sure on price or how easy it is to sail but it looks good. I think the max crew weight may be 90kgs so prehaps the rooster 8.1 might be a good choise for a year until you could get a better boat.



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Well as this seems to be a general plug for each posters class,

GO Finn! the original heavy buggers boat, handles well in chop, lots of fun in a breeze specially with a nice carbon mast, and they don't all cost the world.

And as an ex yachtie you'll appreciate the massive metal centreboard that keeps you upright!
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Ok is the boat, great trainer for the Finn, quicker then a solo, lessof a handfull then a phantom (trust me i have owned one) you can fit pussy pads so hicking is easy, cheap boat, cheap parts!!!  Forget the supernova

 

Oh and did i mention my ok is for sale now

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Thanks everyone for advice.

I am of to my local clubs this weekend to try a few of their dinghies out. Unfortunately, they don't have any finns. So will be restricted to trying phantoms and solos.

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Where is local for you jdr, I am sure some of the people here will let you have a (supervised) play....

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Originally posted by jeffers

Where is local for you jdr, I am sure some of the people here will let you have a (supervised) play....

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Local for me at the moment is Cotswolds water park.
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a goslow (solo) might be a better option than a phantom as a decent phantom is quite expensive (as has already been said). the only solution is to go to the club and talk nicely to people to see if you can have a go. another good idea is to call class associations, they should be able to organise a test sail for you.
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Originally posted by Rupert

Originally posted by dics

Try an RS300 if you can get hold of one. That'll easily carry your weight. Also a comfortable boat to hike from. Check out RS300.com. Best bet is to arrange a few test sails in each of the classes that interest you.

He is a beginner...a 300 is NOT a beginner's boat! Mind you, the Phantom and Blaze will be somewhat testing for someone who has never sailed before, too.

Hmm. I did say “try”. Yes, but before I bought my 300 most of my sailing was racing on X99 and Sigma 38. I sail a few months in two classes of dinghy and then I bought the 300 and never regretted it.

And to be fair *jdr* with 10,000 miles under his belt probably knows what he's doing.

This thread has highligted that there are many classes to choose from and he should give all the ones that appeal to him a go. Then buy what you like. Simple.

 

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