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post #8 of Old 05-18-2010
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The truth is a dingy made for 2 will almost always be too much for a teenager to solo. A laser 2 or v15 will have a lot of weather helm without the jib, I know I have tried. In even a medium blow it will round up so hard it can be impossible to control upwind. The laser 2 can not be sailed without the jib anyway as it has a wire luff that is needed to keep the mast up. An average person can sail the laser 2 alone with some experience, but in any wind you have to sail from the harness, which takes some modification to the boat. It is a blast. Stay away from cats, teenagers will always push the limits, and getting a turtled cat upright is a big job. I sailed a laser for years as a kid, 2 can be cramped but fun. A force 5 is a similar boat, but has a bigger cockpit area, might work good too.
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