No, it wasn't a joke. I sent a PM to the OP suggesting that we get together for a few beers to chat about the subject, and he replied that he was simply completely put off the forum by the nature of the responses he had received. Hopefully we can still have the beers some time (he also had a bit on at the time) and get him to try some dinghy sailing. His naive question reflected the reality of the used dinghies cheaply available in Cape Town. As Major Tom has pointed out, don't assume that what applies in your area is valid elsewhere.