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    Posted: 27 Mar 05 at 2:39pm
My brother is considering a laser pico for his next boat, he is looking for sumthing fun, but also a bit exciting, is the laser pico a good boat?? Or if not what boat should he consider getting? he is a quite good sailor on a budget of around 1500
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how old is he?
what does he weigh?
if he's going to be racing, what classes are at your club?

then it might be easier to find a suitable boat.
picos are 'fun' if your a begginer and lightweight, but they really arn't that great and very poor for racing.
i think with a bit more info might we might be able to think of somthing better?!!
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if he is wanting to race and have fun, and has the right weight then the topper maybe the route to go, great boats for messing about in and then also gr8 for racing,
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He is 14yrs and weighs bout 50kg, we have a good fleet of laser, RS 600's, but we don't seem to have a big fleet of toppers apart from training 1's
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Post Options Post Options   Quote sailor girl Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 27 Mar 05 at 5:21pm
how about...
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topper
feva
splash

just a few single handers that are suposed to be
good fun for light weights.
is he going to be racing?
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prob not, he prefers just mucking bout goin where he wants sort of thing
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thanx for those ny way sailor girl, i'll pass them on to him
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no problems! good luck finding a boat!!
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Picos are great for:

a) extremely strong winds when anything else (but a windsurfer) won't stay upright
b) nervous mums
c) beginners
d) under 15s

They tack, which toppers sometimes don't, their easy to rig and they're big enough for two whole people.  Awful in a light wind tho - and being lasers the bits aren't cheap.  And as the RYA have apparently been bought off by topper, there's no training or race circuit.

50kg 14 year old? Probably best in a splash, lightning 308, byte cIII, or if serious a laser radial.



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Post Options Post Options   Quote Harry44981! Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 31 Mar 05 at 1:20pm

Perfect weight for a topper, good race circuit, friendly class etc. 50kg too small for a radial, but maybe good for messing about in if hes not bothered about being underweight, and he'll grow into it (or go to full rig)

Unless youre a total  a topper tacks easily in anything, let the kicker off in a blow and go!- easy!

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