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    Posted: 14 Jun 07 at 2:04pm
Hi,
I am interested in getting into dinghy sailing but I have no idea which class to go for, there seem to be many!

I have a lot of experience on yachts (over 10,000 miles) and will mostly be sailing the dinghy single handed. I weigh 93kg and am 6' 3". I have no dinghy experience as yet.

I have been looking at Finn, Solo, Phantom but am not sure which to go for, or even if some other class is better. I am not too concerned about having a class race nearby as I am happy to enter handicap races.

Any advice please?
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After reading a few posts here, I would also be up for a Cat...

Anyone know anything about the shadow class ?
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no, dont go to the dark side!  phantom would be the best dinghy at your size, i dont know much about cats, i suggest asking in the "dinghy multihulls" bit.
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That 8.1 looks ok.

Now this is a silly question I know, bu as I said, I have never sailed dinghies. This hiking business..... That photo on the link looks mighty uncumfortable!

Is this required for ALL dinghy classes ?
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Originally posted by mike ellis

no, dont go to the dark side!  phantom would be the best dinghy at your size, i dont know much about cats, i suggest asking in the "dinghy multihulls" bit.


Thanks Mike. In terms of relative cost, are phantom generally better priced than Finn? (if you know)
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hiking is used on the most of the dinghy classes,

there are also trapeze boats where you stand on the side to keep the boat flat but thats a whole different kind of dinghy sailing i think

I think the phantom would be the best class for you

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Originally posted by Crafty

hiking is used on the most of the dinghy classes,

there are also trapeze boats where you stand on the side to keep the boat flat but thats a whole different kind of dinghy sailing i think

I think the phantom would be the best class for you


Ok, I guess I just have to get used to that.... hope the old back doesn't give !!

Another vote for the phantom.. thanks.  Any particular reason the phantom? I thought from my reading the finn would be recommended most.
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JDR,

You might want to consider a Blaze as well as a Phantom, much less of a handful and you can get a competitve Blaze for around 1500 whereas a competitive Phantom is more likely to be around 3k and then you have the joys of insuring a boat with a carbon mast (unless you opt for a tin rig).

The Blaze carries weight well, is comfy when hiking due to the rack that you sit out on. I used to sail a Laser and always felt awful the next day with sore legs and lower back, since I got the Blaze no more of that (and it does cream the Phantoms on a reach )

Just my personal view of course...

Aside from cost though there is little to choose between them. You might also want to consider an OK.

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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.
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