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    Worst/scariest moment in a dinghy?

    I wasn’t scared at the time, but probably should have been. In the late ‘60’s I sailed my Sunfish from Bayville, NY to Grreenwich, CT, and back. I just looked it up, and it’s over 8 miles. Ah youth!
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    Stable Centerboard Dingy

    Sorry for the misspelling, should be Lotus Europa’s
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    Stable Centerboard Dingy

    I should add to this discussion that after selling the Raider, I have decided to build a 15 1/2 foot dinghy called an Argie 15, designed by Dudley Dix. More sedate, but more stable, so probably more appropriate at age 74. Incidentally, both Dudley and I have Lotus Europe’s.
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    Stable Centerboard Dingy

    Yes, mine did flip at a mooring. This was on Lake Champlain, between an island and mainland, not exposed to the broad lake.
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    Stable Centerboard Dingy

    Unfortunately, I know that the Raider will not stay upright at a mooring. I’m impressed that you picked that up just from looking.
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    Fareast 19R

    Just to further muddle the discussion, anyone here have experience with the Ultimate 20?
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    Starting Research for Boat Choice

    Post #4 said that the Venture is very slow. I will probably be going single handed most or the time . Any other observations?
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    Fareast 19R

    The price list from FarEast Canada make it appear that a new 19R would be less expensive than a used Seascape 18, if you could find one. Am I reading things correctly? In addition, I know the Seascape is excellent for single handing, anyone know about the 19R solo? Thanks
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    Starting Research for Boat Choice

    Sorry to have left out a very important requirement. Although I want to be able to go out alone, and will probably do that most of the time, I want the option of taking along at least one other. Not sure how important it is to take more than one, but another factor. So indecisive, obviously I do tend to over analyze. The conflicting desires for a boat seem to be: No hiking Fast Dry VS Fun Not too uncomfortable Take 1 more along VS Take 2 or 3 along I know, I really need to prioritize them, better. Thanks for your patience.
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    Starting Research for Boat Choice

    Xonk1: You are right, I need to list and prioritize my requirements. It’s easier to list than rank them at the moment, so here’s a random list, Like you, no hiking and fairly dry are important, but probable most important is being able to go out and sail solo. Speed (or sensation of speed?) important. Lower on list, but still needed, must not be too uncomfortable. (As opposed to “must be comfortable”) Fun to sail. Not much help, but that’s what I can think of right now. IPLore: Interested in almost all the boats on your list, except the E Scow (no offense to scow sailers). Wondering why the Fareast 19R is not included.
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    Starting Research for Boat Choice

    What an amazing coincidence. I picked up my original Europa at the factory when I was stationed in the navy at Rota, Spain. I got out of the service while I was there and traveled 10k miles in Europe, with my tent and sleeping bag, before shipping it home. I put it in storage in 1982 when we moved to Saudi Arabia. I then sold it when we moved from KSA to Vermont with two kids under age two in 1985. I bought a second Europa in 2000, after surviving surgery and radiation for prostate cancer. The new one was only 181 serial numbers from the original. It is currently having the engine rebuilt. Now, on to sailboats. The Seascape 18 and maybe the Far East 18R/19R are high on my list if I choose to go larger than dinghy size. And I think that would be the best way to go fast and be comfortable. My research shows that both can be single handed. Do you use your’s much that way?
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    Starting Research for Boat Choice

    Sorry to have been away from this for so long. Thanks for all the responses, and I will now try to address each on in order. (Proof that procrastination does not really pay off.) European Bloke: Thanks for the “little speed” comment. The Venture looks kind of dull, but sail area made me think it could move. onepoint, WGW, and martin: When I said “smaller” I was comparing to a Sonar. So the Venture is not too big by my standards. The Raider was 16’, but not comfortable for me. The smaller boats, like vx evo look great, but I don’t want too much hiking. Another thing I don’t want is to be too wet, so Weta is out. I know I’m being really picky. I am completely open to a cat or trimaran though. K9: I will try to read up on the Johnson 18. I can’t always get to the SA Classified. Any suggestions? Firefly and Alan: Thanks, two more to learn about. I realize speed and relative comfort are often mutually exclusive, and I know I’ll have to weigh them against each other in any final decision. For more insight into my thinking, I have owned a 1974 Lotus Europa twice, for a total of over 25 years. No one ever called them comfortable. WCB: Thanks for the link to SA Classifieds JimBowie: once again I have to wimp out. Joshua: I think you have nailed the direction I should go. I weigh just over 160 pounds. (Played rugby for 110 years at 180#) There was some discussion of a bulb for the EVO, but don’t know the outcome of that. Probably still too wet for me, but would be less “athletic”. Thanks again to all.
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    Starting Research for Boat Choice

    I am near Lake Champlain. Budget completely flexible. Don’t care about racing, but open to trying it. I dry-sailed the Raider, but would moor it if that made more sense. I should also add that an 18-20’ lifting keel would also be a possibility. I hope that does not confuse things too much. Thanks for your reply and questions.
  14. 3 years ago I made the mistake of buying a Raider II Turbo. Great boat, but too athletic for me at 70 y.o. I want to be able to go out solo, or take a few others. One possibility is a used Sonar. But I would prefer a non-keeled, lighter and smaller boat. Obviously, I want something not too physically demanding, though I am in good shape for 73. I do like speed, however. My only previous boat, long, long ago was a Dyas. 23 foot keel boat with a trapeze from Germany. I think one possibility would be an RSVenture, and I would welcome comments on that or any other comparable boats. I hope this is not too vague a request. Thanks to all, John