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Flying Fifteen less and less popular?   92 boats have just rocked up for their world champs in NZ!    During August last year there were well over 100 sailing during the same week...(Bass plus Falmouth plus Fed).  There are active and thriving Gold, Silver and Classic fleets to suit all tastes and levels. And Yes suitable for all weights and sizes.  Plus a very strong association with excellent 2nd hand register (follow links to website from Y&Y .com).

Good luck with your boat decision.


 
 
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If you get a wooden boat that has had a decent epoxy job done it shouldn't need much more maintenance than a glassfibre boat.
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Originally posted by Garry

If you get a wooden boat that has had a decent epoxy job done it shouldn't need much more maintenance than a glassfibre boat.

I totally agree! Merlins just need a bit of looking after, make sure they are kept dry during the cold winter bit unless you are using it regularly. Get a merlin, you know it makes sense!

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Originally posted by tgruitt

soooo much better looking than and RS rubbish or and of the bethwaite 9ers.

Tom,

Trying to upset potential customers of fotoboat?

Kaos,

At 28 stone you'd definitely be at the heavy end of the scale for a 400, but the boat would still cope with the weight ok.  The 400 is a great boat to sail and easier to handle than you might think.  The boats are also well made and there's a good supply of 2nd hand boats.

The other suggestions of an Osprey or an FD also good options for you, although I'm not sure how much choice you'll find in the 2nd hand market.  If you want something a bit slower paced you could try a Wayfarer.

A lot depends on where you plan to sail the boat!  It's often worth considering a popular local class, since you'll have more people to compare notes with!

Good luck filtering out all the biased opinions!

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At Burghfield (inland lake, smaller than Bristol, typically light winds and shifty) we have 2 or 3 crews from the 10 or 12 RS400s who race regularly at around 28 to 30 stone. The only time they are non-competitive is on marginal planing on a close reach.

Stronger winds and they are very fast up wind. Lighter winds and they keep the boat moving better.

 

If you like the look of the RS400, then go for it. Great boats, well made. And now that the design is over 10 years old, there are some cheaper second hand boats becoming available.

 

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Everybody seems to be forgetting one boat- the 505!!!!!!
Lovely boats to sail, decent second hand prices, good class association and really good fun whilst being relatively forgiving. Have a look at the class assocaition website and get someone to take you out for a sail. 
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A Wayfarer would also suit you fine, but no trapeze though. Remains competitive with a crew weight of 30st and can take more in a breeze, plenty of glass fibre models with low maitenance, a Plus S model with extra stiffness is best for competitive racing. Good luck.
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At rockel y isailed one and wired off of it so it is possible but i think you ave to get the wayfarer race pack??!!
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Post Options Post Options   Quote stuarthop Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 07 Apr 05 at 10:03pm
what about a scorpion i know 2 people who raced at our club with a combined weight of 31stone in the boat and they still won club races

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can someone maybe explain to me how much kg 1 stone is?
sorry that i´m asking so much but i´d love to know these things!
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