Thanks for your response Sasha. The reason I have been leaning towards a laser is because it seems to come up quite often in books and discussions I have read about learning to sail in a dinghy. I really don''t have any experienced sailors around to consult with, so all I can go on is what I am gleaning from books and forums such as this one.
Although I am not really interested in racing, I am not against the idea of tearing across the bay at a high rate of knots, but I have to say I think I would also be quite partial to relaxing outings as well - perhaps as you suggest dropping a line over the side now and then.
Can you offer any suggestions for a suitable canditate? About the only other dinghy I have found so far that might do for an all rounder and is readily available here is a Walker Bay with a sail kit, however the couple of reviews I have read have been a bit negative on its performance with sails.
I am open to any and all suggestions