Would like a small sloop dinghy size...

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  1. trist007

    trist007 Member

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    I have sailed a Sunfish and a Laser as well as a Laser 2. The Laser was what I liked but it was too old. I'd like something that I can single hand yet has a jib and main. I like the feel of sailing with two sails. But I'm looking for something light and something that can put out in shallow water like a Sunfish or Laser. Also something more comfortable than a laser.

    Any suggestions?
     
  2. fhhuber

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    If you can find it... The Holder (Hobie) Vagabond 14 fits the description.
    Appx 260 lb hull, fractional sloop (small jib)
    Probably really meant for 2 to 3 people but 6 can fit.
    Can float in appx 4 inches

    Wider than a Laser and much more open passenger area.

    Note... there are about 4 variations on this boat.
    The version I have has an appx 54 inch daggerboard and needs 6 inches of it below the hull for passable steering if using a trolling motor or small outboard. At least a foot down for sailing even direct with the wind.
    There is a variant with a swing keel otherwise essentially the same boat.
     
  3. Wavedancer

    Wavedancer Upside down? Staff Member

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    Maybe a Capri 14.2; can be sailed by one person.

    Capri 14 Forum | SailingForums.com

    If I would want something more complex than a Laser or a Sunfish, I would try to find an asymmetric singlehander...
     
  4. boat

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    I usually single hand my c14.2 but not sure if it would be good for unseasoned sailors in anything other than very light winds... Just my thoughts.
     
  5. trist007

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    Ive sailed for about 2 yrs. I weigh a bit over 200 lbs. Would the catalina 16.5 be too much for me to singlehand? I see the portsmouth ratings are a bit better than the 14.2.
     

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