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A feature from Sailing Magazine entitled A Touch of Class describes three old-but-good OD classes: the Snipe, the Lightning and the Thistle.

The Flying Scot should also have been included.

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18 hours ago, Connor.kainalu said:

Laser, sunfish, international 14, albacore, IC

Laser was designed by a Canadian, and i14 originated in England. 

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19 hours ago, Connor.kainalu said:

Laser, sunfish, international 14, albacore, IC

If it's the same boat, The Albacore was also designed in UK By Uffa Fox https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Albacore_(dinghy

Then the International Canoe was developed all around the world with large amounts of input from Sweden, UK and... USA

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If you want something that is uniquely American, Scows and the classic Sandy Douglas designs all come to mind.

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15 hours ago, Ross said:

Laser was designed by a Canadian, and i14 originated in England. 

 

14 hours ago, The Q said:

If it's the same boat, The Albacore was also designed in UK By Uffa Fox https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Albacore_(dinghy

Then the International Canoe was developed all around the world with large amounts of input from Sweden, UK and... USA

They may not have been designed in America- but they became classics

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Yes They Did, I used to sail an Albacore, until the RAFSA got rid of them to my disapointment. However the title of the thread was American Classic Dinghies not Classic Dinghies from Anywhere or Classic Dinghies used in America...

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23 hours ago, Ross said:

Laser was designed by a Canadian, and i14 originated in England. 

Thistle is a geosim of the 14. Specifically Uffa Fox' latest at that time.

 

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20 hours ago, torrid said:

If you want something that is uniquely American, Scows and the classic Sandy Douglas designs all come to mind.

Scows and catboats

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I'd say the Lightning is a classic, originated and mostly sailed in the US although there are some fleets around the world..... people in other countries seem to be immune to Thistles and Flying Scots

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Comet.
Barnegat Bay Sneakbox.

Windmill.

Sunfish!!
Town Class.
Geary 18 (big dinghy...)

Raven (also in the big category)

Y-flyer. OK scow.

Brutal Beast.

Interclub.

Naples Sabot

El Toro

And....

....Cape Cod Frosty :-D

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All of these posts are a great trip down memory lane. Problem is, most of these " oldies but goodies " are deteriorating on their trailers from lack of use. The memories are  terrific but what is sorely needed is sailors who actually go sailing.

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11 hours ago, Connor.kainalu said:

They may not have been designed in America- but they became classics

But they are not classic American dinghies.

Saying they are is like saying the Porsche 911 is a classic American car just because it is popular there.

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4 hours ago, tillerman said:

But they are not classic American dinghies.

Saying they are is like saying the Porsche 911 is a classic American car just because it is popular there.

Uh oh then we have to talk aboutMax Hoffman.

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6 hours ago, fastyacht said:

Uh oh then we have to talk aboutMax Hoffman.

Hoffman was an Austrian who made German cars cool in America.

I still don't think you would describe BMWs and Mercedes as classic American cars.
 

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On 8/22/2018 at 5:03 AM, Ross said:

Laser was designed by a Canadian, and i14 originated in England. 

Laser was designed by Bruce Kirby,  a Canadian I14 sailor.

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2 hours ago, fastyacht said:

LOL the "front page"has sneakboxes with SCOTW aboatrd them toeday

Cool! Thanks for pointing that out, I rarely visit the Front Page.

Duck boats are like Optis for the sneakbox crowd.

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What I remember from sailing ducks and sneaks....... pumping the dadgum things out all the time....... and sitting on the boom because NO VANG

-DSK

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designed in 1947 by American Clark Mills at the request of the Clearwater Florida Optimist service club

 

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Penguin! I owned two of them.
There is a Phil Rhodes ketch down the street from my current location.
Also the Bantam. Nearly identical shape to penguin but about 14 feet and sloop rigged. Never sailed one.

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Another fun fact: the curretn lightm=ning mast section is the same as the curretn Thistle section. However if I remember correctly they are different dies bt teh same shape. Been 25 years since I built them...

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