Best dinghy or small boat - SailNet Community
Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools
post #1 of 12 Old 10-03-2007 Thread Starter
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Sep 2007
Posts: 3
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Rep Power: 0
 
Best dinghy or small boat

First post, just went sailing and am hooked.

I am looking for opinions on what experienced sailiors think the best dinghy is.

I am young so I don't mind getting wet and bouncing around and I am also learning to sail so I want something responsive. I will be using it on some small local lakes in Kansas. I also would like it to comfortably support 2 adults and some gear and include a mainsail and a jib. I also do not have much money to spend. Would like to get the boat and trailer for under $600.

Any opinions are welcome, also if anyone sails in east KS let me know, thx.
JacobL29 is offline  
Quote Quick Reply Share with Facebook
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
post #2 of 12 Old 10-03-2007
Member
 
ceol's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2007
Location: Durham, NC
Posts: 49
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Rep Power: 0
 
the price is going to be tough, but then again i got my Nacra 5.2 with trailer for $500. i had to do some line/block replacement because the guy could not find them.

what did you go sailing on? what did you like about sailing? this will help us in getting a good idea on boats you might be interested in. i love catamaran sailing, but that is an athletic boat. Laser II's are also a fun boat.

for finding boats in your price range you might just have to walk the marinas and make offers on boats that look complete that have not been used in a very long time. it is a good bet that the owner may be willing to let it go for a price you can afford.

G~

Kirie Elite 29 CB
ceol is offline  
Quote Quick Reply Share with Facebook
post #3 of 12 Old 10-04-2007
humble pie rat
 
CapnHand's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2006
Location: Location, Location
Posts: 867
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Rep Power: 9
 
A friend of mine picked up a 16' bombardier for around $400. Watch the classifieds in your local paper. A better question might be, "What small boats should be avoided?"
CapnHand is offline  
Quote Quick Reply Share with Facebook
post #4 of 12 Old 10-04-2007
Sailing Junkie
 
ehmanta's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2006
Location: Virginia
Posts: 296
Thanks: 1
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Rep Power: 9
 
I recently bought a 1982 Islands 15 with trailer, sails and outboard for $700. She's responsive and a fun little daysailor. This way I can get my sailing fix in during the week after work!!!
ehmanta is offline  
Quote Quick Reply Share with Facebook
post #5 of 12 Old 10-04-2007 Thread Starter
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Sep 2007
Posts: 3
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Rep Power: 0
 
I went sailing on a Catalina 25 Tall Rig. Real nice boat but way out of my price range and a little to much upkeep for what I am looking for out of a first boat.

Not really sure about cats, I would like to get in one and try it out though. The cat being an athletic boat would not be a problem. I am going to hit the docks today and check out a local lake.

If anyone has a small boat that should be avoided then by all means share it with us.
JacobL29 is offline  
Quote Quick Reply Share with Facebook
post #6 of 12 Old 10-04-2007
Here .. Pull this
 
Join Date: Jan 2007
Posts: 2,031
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Rep Power: 9
 
Look for a Laser
Sailormann is offline  
Quote Quick Reply Share with Facebook
post #7 of 12 Old 10-04-2007
Broad Reachin'
 
kwaltersmi's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2006
Location: Grand Rapids, Michigan
Posts: 1,930
Thanks: 1
Thanked 17 Times in 17 Posts
Rep Power: 9
 
I was going to suggest a Laser also, but it doesn't meet his criteria of "comfortably support 2 adults and some gear and include a mainsail and a jib". More specifically, the Laser does not have much room at all for gear and does not have a jib. However, they're great fun boats.

Catalina 34

To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 10 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.
kwaltersmi is offline  
Quote Quick Reply Share with Facebook
post #8 of 12 Old 10-04-2007
Helms ALee!
 
tenuki's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2007
Location: Pacific Northwest, USA
Posts: 1,245
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Rep Power: 9
 
look for any of 'vangaurd' boat's line used.

http://www.teamvanguard.com/2007/index.htm


To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 10 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.
member
tenuki is offline  
Quote Quick Reply Share with Facebook
post #9 of 12 Old 10-04-2007 Thread Starter
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Sep 2007
Posts: 3
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Rep Power: 0
 
I like the vanguard nomad. Seems to have everything I am looking for. Way too expensive new though. Thx.
JacobL29 is offline  
Quote Quick Reply Share with Facebook
post #10 of 12 Old 10-05-2007
baDumbumbum
 
bobmcgov's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2007
Location: Windy Wyoming
Posts: 1,126
Thanks: 0
Thanked 36 Times in 35 Posts
Rep Power: 8
 
Here's a partial list, roughly from smaller to bigger:

International 420 (lively learner) or 470 (Olympic racer): now Vanguard's?
505 (holy cow! fast and fun)
Chrysler Mutineer
Wayfarer
Mobjack
Much of the AMF line -- Puffer/Apollo/Sunbird
Albacore
Lightning
Chrysler Buccaneer (my boat -- common in midwest, extremely zippy)
Thistle
Windmill
Flying Scot
Flying Dutchman

All of these boats will keep you very amused, I swear. Some are a bit more traditional (Mobjack, Windmill), while others can be had with mylar sails and trapeezes (505). Used 420s and 470s are especially common and a good value -- tho not much stowage. I bought a Bucc cuz it has tons of stowage but still goes fast.

You want a spinnaker option?

Buccaneer18, Grainnia
SJ21, Diarmuid
Albin Ballad 30, Fionn
bobmcgov is offline  
Quote Quick Reply Share with Facebook
Reply

Quick Reply
Message:
Options

Register Now



In order to be able to post messages on the SailNet Community forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name, your email address and other required details in the form below.
Please note: After entering 3 characters a list of Usernames already in use will appear and the list will disappear once a valid Username is entered.


User Name:
Password
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.

Password:


Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.

Email Address:
OR

Log-in









Human Verification

In order to verify that you are a human and not a spam bot, please enter the answer into the following box below based on the instructions contained in the graphic.




Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
 
Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page



Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
The Joys and Pitfalls of Buying a New Boat - Part 1 Lin & Larry Pardey Buying a Boat Articles 26 01-12-2015 10:59 AM
Production blue water boats JakeLevi Boat Review and Purchase Forum 73 07-31-2009 10:07 PM
Spinnaker Takedown Basics Dean Brenner Racing Articles 0 04-28-2002 08:00 PM
Two-Boat Tuning Dean Brenner Racing Articles 0 03-13-2002 07:00 PM
The Balance of Hull and Sails Steve Colgate Seamanship Articles 0 05-25-2000 08:00 PM

Posting Rules  
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is On
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

 
For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome