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New to sailing and thinking of getting a sailing dinghy.

I'd like to start sailing. I live near a number of water ways, small and large. I thought it might be fun to get a small sailboat, something like a sailing dinghy, and learn to sail on it. I'm thinking of something small enough that I don't need a boat ramp to put it in the water and can simply put it in the back of my truck, but will still carry two people.

Any advice on this would be appreciated. So far the Walker Bay dinghies seem like a good bet, with the sailing kit, although many reviews I've read described the sailing characteristics as poor. They're also in excess of 400 pounds.
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Re: New to sailing and thinking of getting a sailing dinghy.

Walker Bay dinghies are a great way to get into sailing. It's true that they aren't the most efficient when going to windward, but you can learn all the basics of dinghy sail trim and rudder handling in one. The other advantage to a Walker Bay is that if you do move up to a larger sailboat that lives on a mooring someday, you already own the tender that you will need to get to and from the big boat! By the way, Walker Bay dinghies only weigh 89 pounds (for the 8 foot version) and 149 pounds (10 foot version). The 400 pound figure you saw was for the total carrying capacity (a/k/a payload) of the 8 foot model. They are not too heavy to car top.

Besides the Walker Bay, I would also consider a Sunfish sailboat. They hold their resale value, are a blast to sail, and can also carry two people. I prefer to sit on a sunfish than in most small dinghies. The wide deck around the footwell in a Sunfish is much more comfortable for my well cushioned keister. You could easily transport a sunfish on a truck rack.

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Re: New to sailing and thinking of getting a sailing dinghy.

This durable little "plastic classic", if you can find one used (which likely) were a barrel of fun when I was growing up in New England. the 8-footer is better as a rowing dinghy when you go cruising, the 9' is bigger and draggier to tow.

https://search.yahoo.com/yhs/search?...&hsimp=yhs-002
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Re: New to sailing and thinking of getting a sailing dinghy.

Keep your eyes peeled on Craigslist. It's amazing the amount of boats in the 8-15 foot range are available in decent condition and prices!
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Re: New to sailing and thinking of getting a sailing dinghy.

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I thought it might be fun to get a small sailboat, something like a sailing dinghy, and learn to sail on it. I'm thinking of something small enough that I don't need a boat ramp to put it in the water and can simply put it in the back of my truck, but will still carry two people.
Sorry, but this is not likely to happen. One man little sailboat you can carry (that is light enough) - maybe. But they don't sail very well at all and are tippy as hell. Get yourself a proper 14 foot dinghy with a trailer and you will have lots of fun, carry 2-3 people, and be easy to launch. Plenty of cheap boats like that, under a grand in good condition.
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Re: New to sailing and thinking of getting a sailing dinghy.

Laser. You'll have fun and there's an established market when you want to exit.
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I second the Laser. Or Sunfish.


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Re: New to sailing and thinking of getting a sailing dinghy.

Thanks for all the good advice!

Billsull: Yes, I was suspicious of that number. "At least I'll have a bullet shield," I thought. 100-150 pounds isn't bad. The sunfish, and the other similar variations, do look like a lot of fun. As Lido said, Craig's list has a lot of good looking affordable boats, including Sunfish. I'll keep an eye on it for one in my area, as well as a 'proper 14 foot dinghy' as krisscross suggests, including Lasers, which really look nice.

I was surprised also to see perfectly sail-able yachts for under $10k, and day sailers for a few grand. Sailing is more affordable than I thought. Maybe one day I'll sail from Detroit to Petoskey. That would be cool. :-)
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Re: New to sailing and thinking of getting a sailing dinghy.

"Sailing is more affordable than I thought."

This I want to remember. Guess he doesn't know the acronym B.O.A.T. or about standing under a running shower tearing up $10,$20 or hundred dollar bills. However as Captain Bobby told me more than once, "Little boat, little problem. Big boat, big problem".
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Re: New to sailing and thinking of getting a sailing dinghy.

Lots of good suggestions, if you just want to play around for an hour in protected waters.

If you have any desire to sail anywhere or bring anything along, you'll need a trailer.


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