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Re: CL 16 questions
I sailed a Wayfarer for a while, it was a mk iii, which is the version they based the CL16 on. Also fibreglass.
Some thoughts in no particular order :
It is easy to rig and launch single handed, although a little time consuming. It is specifically designed so that the mast can be easily lowered for all those bridges over English waterways.
It is extremely stable for a centreboard dinghy, in fact it might be the most seaworthy one in existence, but not as stable as a keelboat of course. I believe that sailing one safely requires one to anticipate, and practice for recovery from, a capsize.
Most capsizes stem from use of large genoas in strong winds. For SF Bay I had a 100 percent jib which worked well.
The worst capsizes involve turtling and getting the mast stuck in the bottom. This can be avoided by having some floatation at the top of the mast.
A lot of people install some flotation, in my case in the form of inflated beach balls, in the forward locker. The other poster is right about the volume of water inside. I had a bucket, attached by a line, in the aft locker.
They work great with an outboard. I had a 3.5 Tohatsu.
Day sailing with 3 is pleasant. Forget about planing though! With one or two sailors and a decent wind, they will get on plane and 8 to 10 kts is possible.
Bristol 31.1, San Francisco Bay
Last edited by MarkSF; 01-23-2015 at 12:29 AM.