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  1. GeorgeT415

    Boats for Big Chaps

    Hi all, I am 16, 5ft11 and weigh c.93kg (205lbs), I am heavy but not fat (I'm not a beefcake either), I currently sail a laser but find I am under powered until it hits about 12-14knts. I sail in the solent (UK) so I have lots of sea-room and considerable sea states at times. I have been sailing for about 8 years and do so at national regattas with my school sailing team so have some experience. The problem I have with the laser is a lack of room and power (I have a problem that restricts my "gymnastic ability" so I struggle to contort myself to fit under the boom without being in pain for several days after). I am looking for a boat that is bigger and more powerful but controllable, fleet size is not an issue as I mainly sail handicap in my area but availability of competition would be nice. Any suggestions of boats you know of or have experience with that fit my needs would be great. Many thanks. GeorgeT415
  2. The Q

    3 Rivers Race 2021

    I predict the 60th 3 Rivers Race will occur on the 5th and 6th June 2021, but I got that wrong last year. High tide is 1 hour 15 minutes before first start, so that should be good for getting the boats away down river.
  3. Looking for thoughts and suggestions related to converting a "tired" Lido 14 from the centerboard with trunk to a daggerboard. Our Lido is used for occasional sails on Puget Sound off our beach. My wife and I are both in our early 60's and not as nimble as we once were. The Lido is a great size for quick 1-2 hour sails since it lives on a bulkhead ramp in the backyard and can be slid down to the beach, rigged and underway in 15 minutes. My wife has expressed that she does not want to join me on sails due to the hassles of navigating over the centerboard trunk. Thus the idea of removing that barrier. My thought it to leave just enough of the "factory" trunk at the forward end, in the position where the board is fully-down. Then cut-away the trunk aft of this point and re-glass the floor to make the boat water-tight. I'm thinking I may need to add some braces between the remaining "trunk" - aka daggerboard slot and the side seats for strength. Thanks for reading this post. I welcome any thoughts on this project, which I hope to have ready for sailing this summer.
  4. The pilothouse/hard dodger thread got me thinking about how to provide the function when desired and not otherwise. Why not create a hard dinghy out of vacuum formed Polycarbonate (lexan) or even some type of "origami" or hard chine like a "jon boat" or Dyer Dhow that has removable seats, transom and flotation (inflatable bags) It would be able to be stowed inverted on the cabin top of a 30+ footer and with the transom out, function as a hard dodger/ sea hood to protect the companion way and forward cockpit from rain, spray and wash while not obstructing forward visibility. While sailing, it would allow you to stick your head out of the hatch, inspect the rig and horizon and not have to put on foul weather gear. If it's too sunny, merely snap a sunbrella panel, or mount your Solar panels inside as you prefer. When you arrive at your port, simply roll it upright, install the seats, transom and floation and have a glass bottom dinghy to explore in.
  5. piezadeaocho

    Choosing first dinghy. Laser 2k?

    Hi! Long time reader, but first time posting here I was looking for a boat to get into the dinghy game and recently a laser 2k with the trapeze kit popped up. I want the boat mainly for sailing around the bay, single handed and with crew. In the past I've sailed Vauriens and Snipes, but I don't have any experience with dinghies from this century, however, I wanted something reasonable fast. Nowadays I mainly sail in a first class 8 and a x37 How hard is to single hand a laser 2k and, specially, how hard will it be to recover from a capsize alone? (I'm a reasonably fit 185lbs guy) How heavy is the boat? The ramp of my local club is pretty steep, I fear it will be too heavy to pull it up the ramp in the trolley. Lastly, I've been offered a Hobie 16, will it be a better choice to single hand? Thanks in advance!
  6. ojsphoto

    dinghy sailing channel

    Just want to share my Youtube Channel, check out the playlists for videos of Musto Skiffs, RS800, 18 footers, National18's and more. I use a variety of cameras including 360 footage from on board International Moths.
  7. iwentsailingonce

    Single-handed cruising options

    I'm new to this, all of this... I sailed sunfish at boy scout camp for a week about 15 years ago, then went on the Chesapeake for an afternoon in a beneteau. Now I'm crewing for a friend on his Pearson 424, and the first night out we had gusts over 35kts and a significant wave height of 10'. I want to get into single-handed dinghy cruising and I've been checking the forums. Most people don't have an interest in what I'm looking for, so it's hard to find. I want something comparable to a wayfarer, which is hard to say having never seen one. My neighbor has had an albacore parked in the driveway since his son passed almost 20 years ago. I'm thinking about making an offer, but want some input as to what might better suit my "needs." Models I'm considering: Wayfarer, Flying Scot, Buccaneer, Paceshup Alouette, Pumpkin Seed, and Albacore. I'm not looking for a racing boat like a laser, but something robust, fast, forgiving, open (no, no O'Days, etc.), 15+', trailerable, single-handed (even if it's with practice), and "spacious..." Does the albacore even come close? Budget is $1500, tops, but I'm willing to do some beefing up, re-rigging, modifying, etc. I've been looking into this for a bit, but wanted to put it forward. Is there something I'm missing? I'm looking to do extended offshore sailing, starting in the Bay, then maybe the Great Lakes, after I get off this roller coaster.
  8. Hi everyone. I live on Vancouver Island and am in my 60's but I'm fit. I'm 5'10" and 180lb. I had a Laser I in my late 30's and enjoyed the heck out of it. Had a cabin sailboat for awhile and, now retired, I'm wanting to get back into sailing. My budget won't allow me to keep a keelboat in a marina with all the associated costs, and I've considered kayaking, but my heart is really in sailing. It occurred to me recently that perhaps I'm not too old to singlehand a dinghy. I'm not interested in racing but would want to use the boat for fun in the harbour and for day trips with a lunch and thermos of coffee to nearby islands within a radius of perhaps 5 miles. Normal weather would be calm water up to 1-ft. chop and wind 5-12 knots or so. I'd keep it on the dinghy rack at a local marina and launch it from the dock. Therefore, the lighter the hull weight the better. I considered "beach camping" dinghies, like the Argie 15 and Chesapeake Skerry, but I don't really want a wood boat and this style of dinghy tends to be heavy and beamy. The Wayfarer and suchlike are too bulky; the 29er is probably way too challenging to learn at my age. Somewhere between those extremes in weight, bulk and manageability would be nice. Simple rigging would be nice; I don't need a trapeze. Affordability is a concern as well, especially since the first boat I buy might not be the ultimate one for me. I'd like to get something for approx. $3000 or less. I know I'm giving you a wide target to aim at, but do you have any recommendations? Would a Laser I be my best bet for starters? Is there another class boat that would work for me? Any online resources you'd recommend I read? Any advice would be much appreciated. Thanks.
  9. I'm in Seattle for a year and am trying to acquire a small used double-hander with a trapeze and asymmetrical, preferrably in the $3-5K range. I'm aware of the 29er, 49er, RS500, Vanguard Vector, and i14 as potential dinghies that would fit the bill. Anyone know of one of these or something similar available in the western half of the US? I'm monitoring the 29er classifieds site but haven't had any luck so far. I'd also require a road trailer to transport it. If anyone's trying to get rid of one of these or has suggestions about where to look, it'd be great to hear from you! Thanks--
  10. Jet14

    Hard vs soft dinghy

    I have a small sailing gunkholer in the San Juans that is kept on a buoy. We take a ferry to visit it and use the dinghy like a commuter car with a portable EPcarry motor. We use a Minto dinghy kept in the water at a local restaurant dock. Had to bottom paint it. Not as stable as an inflatable but- any inflatable owners have a similar use case? I like the stability of an inflatable but am concerned about beaching on rocks, swings in temp causing it to feel too tight in the day and then soft in the evenings, punctures, fowling over extended periods in the water etc. Looking for opinions and suggestions. Thanks, Joe
  11. The facts:- I weigh 245 lbs (111 kgs/17.5 stone) and I'm 6'5" (183 cm) tall.- I'm 48 and fit.- I've sailed most of my life, grew up on beach cats.- I currently sail a Force5 and a C-scow. I've got an E-scow under repair.- I sail on a shallow lake with swirly non-existent winds. We say come for the fun and stay because the wind died and you can't make it back to the dock. I'm looking to get a single hander that fits. I'm going to keep the Force 5 as that's the only local single-hand OD fleet. When I race the Force 5 I call it boat yoga... think uncomfortably leaning in the majority of the time. Always tough to watch the fleet sail away on the downwind legs. Additional notes:- Boats with traps sit on our beaches for most of the sailing season.- Catamarans sit on our beaches for most of the sailing season. - You might see windsurfers and kite sailors twice a year, maybe.- The Thistle is king here, they can sail in a drifter. - For several years a Buccaneer 18 was my single handed dinghy (no kite.). - Days that there's any breeze will most likely have massive shifts. - I prefer to launch off of the beach rather than use the hoist. - I prefer to leave my boats mostly setup to minimize setup time and maximize sailing time. - I predominantly sail by myself. - I tend to be hard on my boats. - I do like to go as fast as possible, who doesn't. - Not looking to try to wage a OD campaign, although it would be nice to be able to drive to a couple of regattas a year. Boats I'm looking into are: - Tasar (no future, jib) - Contender (the wire and light air... don't think so, there's a fairly nice one for cheap nearby, sexy boat) - RS Aero 9 (that is one shallow cockpit and I'm sure when I shift in the boat it will respond, so lightweight. Looking to demo soon. Nice SA/D numbers even with my heft.) - Phantom (I don't live in the UK. Don't seem to be any in North America. Not building one. Seems to fit all my requirements though, bummer.) - Melges 14 (untested, shallow cockpit, hoping to get a demo sail soon, next Johnson 18??? I'd actually like to support Melges!) - Megabyte (seems a fit, never seen one or sailed one) - MC Scow (to have to use the hoist and move 420lbs around on the trailer every time, by myself, would really suck. Class is hot in the region. They stay on the beach in 20+kts?!) - Finn (I'd love to own one... I think there are less than a dozen in the entire mid-west) - IC (Never sailed the canoe... does it work in light winds under heavy loads? Some pretty good buys out there...) I can spend ~8k on a new boat less on a used boat so probably no VX-Evo in my future. S.A. am I overlooking a magical dinghy? Any issues with boats in my short-list for my size and venue? Thanks!
  12. onepointfivethumbs

    Painting a racing dinghy

    So this spring as part of a greater refit I went to paint parts of the deck on my boat. I went with Interlux Brightsides, the price wasn't too bad and application was supposed to be pretty easy. I sanded the areas to be painted with 120 then 220, then wiped with acetone, let it sit overnight then painted. I used a 4" foam roller from Lowe's and with the first pass I got a lot of bubbles, so subsequent passes was trying to tamp down those bubbles. I tried roll-and-tip with a foam brush but it seemed like that only pulled up paint that was already leveling. I did three coats overall and four coats on the sidedecks where my butt was going to be, at roughly a coat a day to give good dry time between coats. When everything was said and done my deck has a bit of an orange peel to it, I tried giving it a once-over with some 220 but it ended up taking off more paint than I wanted. Over the season as the gunwales have bumped into docks and I've traveled with the boat more of the Brightsides has scratched off. On the bottom, there are some areas where the old gelcoat (which has yellowed and become chalky) has broken through where the previous owner painted over with some other paint. There is also some bubbling between those paint layers. This winter, I want to strip all the old paint off the bottom and put a new racing finish on. I'd also like a harder finish on the deck. -What kind of paint should I use? Two-part seems like it would cure harder, is new gelcoat an option? Am I just being retarded in how I applied the paint? -How to reduce or eliminate the orange peel in the hardened paint? Different roller? Roll and tip with a little more nap? Should I use a primer over the gelcoat? I'd like to keep it under $500 and avoid using a Pro if I can, I'm also trying to be somewhat conscious of weight.
  13. Any class of boat that wishes to compete and race has a set list of class rules. These rules highlight any changes that are allowed, or not in most cases, to be made by the owner of the boat. For example the class rules could state “Additional purchase can be added to any control system but additional controls may not be added.” What I want to know is, who is in charge or writing these set of rules for a class? Is the class association responsible for any updates to rules or is it for the manufacturers of a class to decide?
  14. Presuming Ed

    New 2 handed boat from Rondar.

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  15. Dwight Schute

    Crazy weight reductions stories

    Anyone have any crazy weight reduction stories? We all know how much weight matters but anything can be blown out of proportion. Ive see a lot, from dehumidifiers overnight in 14ft dinghies to drawstrings being removed from gear. A common one is switching trap harnesses between light and heavy breeze. I want to hear the stories you have.
  16. Hi, I have an old Laser 2, but am no sailor. It had one piece cast spreader on the mast and I broke it. It appears to be so out dated that no one I have found seems to be able to help or advise on it. The mast is 2" wide and 2.5" long. Can someone please advise me with a way to replace the spreader or add a new spreader bracket that will fit, or even a similar boat that uses the same size mast that I can get parts for. I need to bring this boat back to life. Thanks for your time Dry and Depressed.