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    Posted: 09 Nov 09 at 9:36am
This post isn't for me, but is for a family I know who want a double hander with a dash of excitement that can be sailed by two young boys plus sometimes their grandfather.  All of them can sail, they just want something a bit faster than a pico or topper, which is what they have now.

Second hand Fevas seem to be gold dust, whereas the Hobie option seems easily attainable.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote laser4000 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 09 Nov 09 at 10:16am
but if they ever want to get into class events/racing then feva is the only way to go - racing in places like garda and an average of 63 boats at Nat Champs - average of 15 for the 405 but that's hiding a steady decline in turnout over the last few years.

Probably more 'club/local area' training around in fevas too..
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Post Options Post Options   Quote winging it Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 09 Nov 09 at 10:20am
Having looked at various you tube clips, I'd be concerned that at the moment the 405 looks a bit too racy!  Are there any demo boats anywhere, for either class?  We're in the Grafham area.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote zailor Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 09 Nov 09 at 11:05am

Personally I'd get the Feva.

I had one for a year and they are cracking little boats.
Super fun in big breeze!

 

I'm sure RS would have a feva on their "try a boat" list.
They are also used in sailing centers alot so finding one to have a go on wouldn't be too difficult

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Morning Nessa.

Oli S had a Hobie 405 that he (tried) to race with various crews. It never looked any good at Hunts to be honest (suffered from Assy Syndrome on the runs). The sail plan always looked awful too with the leech looking very hooked (despite the rig being moved around).

It never looked fast unless it was blowing old boots. I would say encourage them towards a Feva. There are a couple at the club already so you may find that one of them may be available if you enquire as the sailors have grown up a bit now.

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We have a second hand feva for sail
Berthed in Surrey
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Somewhat late in the day but better late than never.  The Hobie 405 was designed as the RYA Intermediate Youth Training dinghy so probably not suitable for those who are adult and lardy.  It's more challenging than a Feva or Topaz, and the like but more manageable tham a 29-er.

Below is a new online resource for junior sailors interested in finding out about the HOBIE 405, a performance dinghy that was (and is) much ahead of its time in many respects. The Hobie 405 was designed from the ground up as the RYA intermediate youth training dinghy, not a leisure boat with go-faster add-ons. With great build quality, an asymmetric, single wire and PY of 1089 it still offers a manageable and very affordable entry into real asymmetric sailing for younger sailors.  With competitive 2nd hand examples often around the 500.00 mark with combi, what's not to like?

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