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post #4 of Old 07-16-2012
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Re: Examples of good sailing dinghys for shallow areas?


Actually a cat boat design would be a pretty good choice for shallow areas, is easy to rig/set up and take down, is beach-able and is stable on the water because of it's relatively flat bottom and width. The center board becomes your depth sounder in shallows as the draft of this design is quite shallow, relatively speaking.
I have sailed on a 12' Beetle Cat that had a lot of cockpit area but for 4 people you would need a larger cat boat. See this photo gallery of cat boats:

Edit to add: Unfortunately most cat boats seem to be fairly expensive for their size.

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