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Zrtsixx

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Hello to everyone! ;)
It has been around 20 years since I was onboard a small sailboat - a Sunfish. I have started looking for one here where I live (Nashville TN). I want to be able to take my wife out on the local lake. I want a boat that we can enjoy for a couple of years. Although there are Laser races on the lake we live near, I don't know if I would ever compete..... A Laser almost seems overwhelming to me based on what I have read, but I do not hesitate to confront challenges, and the thought of a boat that would "challenge" my ability to learn does not distract me. Ideally, I would appreciate some experienced people’s opinions. Thanks!
 

Pigniggy

New Member
i think you should go with cfj or a c420..they are both great boats! great for two people. the cfj is nice and fast..just like the 420..but if you are just looking for something slow and a bit easier.. i would go with a precision 15...or a capri 16.5. both very fun to sail..and very forgiving
 
I fell in love with the Cataina 14.2 at my community boathouse. It's roomy and sleek, fairly hard to capsize unless you're really trying. It's laughably easy to rig and very easy to correct...much more than the mercury and Rohdes they have. You do have to watch out because the boom will snap back and forth much faster than a sunfish if you make a mistake. It's fast, but gives the impression of speed to the sailors more than actual speed so it's good fun half-day sailer.
 

GetWet

New Member
I know you are looking into Sunfish and Lasers. I just bought a Hobie Holder about 6 months ago. It's been a pretty great little boat. Easy to trailer, easy to set up and easy to sail. If you're looking for a boat that is fairly low maintenance, this is a good one. Only thing is that there aren't too many of these around still. You have to hunt, but it's worth it if you find one in good shape. Something to think about.

Terry
 

Zrtsixx

Member
Thanks to everyone! I found an older Sunfish that I have been going thru and cleaning up the last couple of months.... keel.jpg
 

laserxd

Member
The laser is a simple complex boat, you can sail two people on a laser depending on your size, I've done it many times while teaching,

its a great boat, you might also consider getting two lasers if you both enjoy it,

there are some cool two person boats that you can fly the chute on, they can be on the expensive side though
 

FredMcIntire

New Member
Very nice ! I've been wanting to do something like this for a long time. Just never can quite seem to get there. Great looking boat.
 

tcraig812

Member
I love my Snark Sunflower. Ok, it only has a 55 sq ft sail but with it weighing only 55 lbs I can put it on my Jeep roof rack and easily beach launch it by myself. I like solo sailing and didn't want the hassle of a trailer and storage. I sailed this little boat 30 times last year on Vancouver Lake in Washington state and have had a great time. Very relaxing in 3-5 knot wind, exhilarating when the wind is 10-15 knots. I took my wife out in it a few times and she loved it. A good boat to putter around in a lake. I can check the local wind and have the boat loaded on the rack, at the lake, unloaded and sailing in 30 minutes. I'm sailing this winter in 40 degree weather in partial wet suit. I haven't flipped over yet, I am a cautious sailor.
 

Merrimac

Member
Does any sailor have experience with the O'day Wigeon 12 sailboat?
Looking at one on Craigslist.
Anything?

M
 

LoveTheSea

New Member
Hello to everyone! ;)
It has been around 20 years since I was onboard a small sailboat - a Sunfish. I have started looking for one here where I live (Nashville TN). I want to be able to take my wife out on the local lake. I want a boat that we can enjoy for a couple of years. Although there are Laser races on the lake we live near, I don't know if I would ever compete..... A Laser almost seems overwhelming to me based on what I have read, but I do not hesitate to confront challenges, and the thought of a boat that would "challenge" my ability to learn does not distract me. Ideally, I would appreciate some experienced people’s opinions. Thanks!

Hi, I've been sailing over 50 years and I would start by reading up a bit and get as much info as you can. This will really help when you get on the water. There is a great App the SailingApp that has many reference topics and great on the water tools that are very accessible when on a boat! www.sailingapp.com
 

AQBill

Member
Dear Zrtsixx, Now you should find some other folks with Sunfish so that you can compare notes and do some side-by-side sailing to learn a few tricks. Harbor Island is a good club although doesn't have - as I recall - Sunfish. They're mostly a Laser crowd. Our Club - Muscle Shoals Sailing Club - does have a racing Sunfish (aka me). The beauty of the Sunfish is that it's easy to sail once you get the basics down. Although you can fool with outhaul and cunningham controls, just set the rig for average conditions and use the tiller and sheet...until such time that you appreciate the nuance of the finer controls. Join the US Sunfish Association, get a copy of the Sunfish Bible and come down to the Shoals to visit sometime. You can camp at the club or at a nearby motel. AQBill
 

Ditch Rider

New Member
Lasers are a great single person boat and can be sailed for fun or for racing..

I'd look for something like a small Hunter (146, 150), Catalina 14.2, or a Lido.. all are affordable boats and a bit larger.
 
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