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Have a teenage son wanting to learn to sail his own boat solo. Are any of these good choices as he likes to go a little fast!
Laser
Banshee
Force 5

Requirements: Will have to haul it thru sand to get to the bay without trailer or dolly so weight of haul is a consideration for this very action.
He can lift easily about 140 lbs to get hull to bay but no more.

Less lines = more success to go solo but not familiar with any of these little boats but many locally have suggested them.
Any thoughts?
He will be sailing in the Ches Bay from the beach.
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Upon being told that a Faro game in Cairo, Illinois was crooked Canada Bill Jones retorted, "Yeah, but it's the only game in town!". So to with sailing; get your teenager what the other kids are sailing. They'll learn from each other
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Re: Best pick for teenager

If it's going to be beach launched I would really recommend going with an older A Cat. Massively faster than what you mentioned, a real possibility of adding flying foils in the near future, and while they are raced solo can easily handle two for daysailing. A larger cat like a F-18 or Tornado would also work, but require two people to race.

If the goal is to start racing then the equation changes a lot. Then you pretty much need to go with whatever is raced locally.

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Re: Best pick for teenager

Rent some boats. Or bum rides. There is no other way to gauge taste.

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What does he weigh? Performance boats are optimized for particular weights and levels of athleticism. My first reaction would be a beach cat - something cheap to start and see where it goes. Why no dolly?

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Re: Best pick for teenager

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Have a teenage son wanting to learn to sail his own boat solo. Are any of these good choices as he likes to go a little fast!
Laser
Banshee
Force 5

Requirements: Will have to haul it thru sand to get to the bay without trailer or dolly so weight of haul is a consideration for this very action.
He can lift easily about 140 lbs to get hull to bay but no more.

Less lines = more success to go solo but not familiar with any of these little boats but many locally have suggested them.
Any thoughts?
He will be sailing in the Ches Bay from the beach.
An Escape Rumba would be just the ticket:



Only 3 lines: Main-sail Furling; Main out-haul; and, Mainsheet. Light weight, centerboard, fold-up rudder (floats in 6" of water) almost indestructible, unsinkable, and remarkably fast. For a discussion see (click on) Escape Rumba--Ground Breaking Entry Level Boat

We trailered ours on summer vacations, and beach launched it, for years for our daughter's teenage sailing education and, just by coincidence, happen to have it, well maintained, on a new trailer looking for a new home with younger parents and teenagers....

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Re: Best pick for teenager

Sunfish (really simple), or a Laser (a few more lines to play with).

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Re: Best pick for teenager

The best boat is often the one sailed by his age group at the nearest club.

It means there are people who can teach him how to sail the particular boat, how best to right it after the inevitable capsize, give advice on set up, handling etc and sourcing parts. If he "gets into it" it provides an opportunity to race in a fleet of at least a few boats, meet people his own age who are also interested in sailing, learn about other boats and what might be suitable next steps.

Sailing with a fleet with a rescue boat on the water also helps in safety for new sailors.

Before making a decision I'd suggest going and having a yarn to someone.

Another thing for learners is that a self draining cockpit is better than a bathtub!
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