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D-Cubed 07-19-2012 12:34 AM

looking for a small sailboat
Hello Folks,

I am looking for a little advice. I am looking for a small sailboat that I can load onto a rack on top of my truck. I need to be able to sail single handed but also have room for 2 adults and maybe a dog if she can learn to sit still. I will be sailing in lakes in northern BC. I am looking for advice and suggestions on types and realistic availability. I am also looking for something under $1500 if possible

I googled a few dinghies. The minto, 10' navigator, CL 11, Mirror. I think I like the CL 11 but wondering if anyone has tried one of these.

I also have no sailing experience. Only been on a sailboat once


JustinB 07-19-2012 03:15 AM

Re: looking for a small sailboat
Maybe a Snark? They are everywhere used.

CastleCraft Sailboats | Small Sailboats | Snark Sailboat

JimsCAL 07-19-2012 07:58 AM

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Sounds like a Sunfish to me.

Reef33 07-19-2012 09:40 AM

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Wow, that's a tall order - 2 adults & a dog, mast & sailing rigging, in a boat that will fit on top of your car. And being in northern British Columbia I would imagine that the water is pretty chilly up there, so you wouldn't want to get too wet, or worse yet - take a dip. Get something that emphasizes stability over speed and esthetics. High freeboard to keep the water out. You'll get drenched in a Sunfish.

I agree with the above advice, look for something used to experiment with to see if you like it first. I learned sailing on an old Sunfish before getting a little bigger boat. Good luck, once you try sailing the bug will bite you and you're hooked ;)

D-Cubed 07-19-2012 09:37 PM

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Thx for the answers, I have been looking around at more specifications and it seems the dog might have to left at home because of weight and room, One thing in our favour is neither the SO or I are are very tall, so that should help.

Where is a good place to look for used mirrors, don't see much near me for sale. I figured their would be more kicking around with the amount built, should I go look at sailing schools and see if they are planing on selling

Sea Dawg 07-19-2012 10:52 PM

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Originally Posted by JimsCAL (Post 898466)
Sounds like a Sunfish to me.

or maybe Sailfish....except, no high sides and definitely might get wet!

Reef33 07-20-2012 11:34 AM

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D-Cubed, a good way to find a deal on a boat is to cruise local marinas (in a car or on foot). Many old boats are not advertised and are just left to rot where they were last parked. If you see an old boat you like sitting in the weeds at the back of the marina ask questions, good chance the owner wants to get rid of it if it's not being used.

MarkCK 07-22-2012 07:04 AM

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You might try looking at Walker Bay sailing/rowing dighy's. They are lightwieght and have more freeboard so it might be what you are looking for. They are not particularly fast but it might be what you are looking for. I saw one new in an Army surplus store for under a grand with the sail package.

D-Cubed 11-06-2013 11:35 PM

looking for a small sailboat
I had put off the boat search for a while and bought a travel trailer instead. Now back in the market for a classic dinghy. I am thinking a 10' navigator Or Bauer 10 or a minto. I have been looking through kajiji and Craig's list in bc and Washington. There is not anything I can find. Is there another way other then going to marinas because there is none by me

I could be interested in a walker bay. But doesn't seem to have the same amount of charm

Thanks for the help

Capt Len 11-07-2013 12:50 AM

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John Booth in Victoria still makes Mintos and Davidsons. Good workman ship and reasonably priced. I just replaced my old Minto on davits (sold it on kijiji) with the 10 ft davidson .More buoyancy for three bods. He also makes a white hall model. Not impressed with Walker.

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