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I am looking for a dinghy (14'-20') that meets three conditions, if possible:

* Race with a 2 man crew
* Can day sail with 2-3+ adults on board
* Can day sail solo (only 1 aboard) without too much trouble

Since I will frequently be without a crew, it must be sail-able single-handed. If necessary, I can add a self-tacking jib and other gear to make the solo sailing more enjoyable. Any ideas?

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Re: Single-hander

My first thought is the VX one design. As a mid priced high performance dinghy. But it may just be that I happen to love them and always see them as the answer.

Do you have a price in mind?
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Re: Single-hander

Thanks Greg;

I looked at the VX One website; nice boat. It looks like it is a sister boat to the Viper 640. Does it also have a drop keel?

Can this boat be sailed comfortably single-handed? I saw that it has a self tacking jib and furler. The standard jib must be small and not overlap the main. Is that correct? Does the keel make the crew weight less important? In many centerboard boats, even catboats, the "ballast" effect of the crew is critical to good performance.

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Re: Single-hander

The VX is actually designed by the same designer that did the Viper, so yes they are similar. But the VX is a significantly different boat with a lot of refinements, some of which were issues with the Viper, some just new.

It does have a drop keel that if I remember right makes up about 1/2 the total boat weight. It also has a turbo package that allows you to take the keel bulb off and turn it into a trapping boat... I have never sailed it this way, but they are less than 6 months old, so as soon as the local vendor gets back from the Olympics I will start harping on him to try it out.

The bulb adds a lot of righting moment so drew weight isn't much on an issue. The rest primarily comes from the hull shape. Once the second chine is in the water the boat doesn't heel anymore, and even up to then it is debatable if hiking really helps. We haven't noticed much of a speed difference, except in very light air, when trying to heel to to leeward.

I have sailed the boat with between 2 and 5 on board, never solo. But ther ware so few strings, and since hiking isn't really necessary I think it would be a breeze. Tiller in one hand, sheet in the other... The spin is launched by pulling one line, and douced by pulling the other end of it.

The jib is a pretty small non-overlapping sail, and while racing is trimmed heavily, for solo sailing could just be set. Eased when the chute is up and trimmed in when it's down.

Right now the fastest I know one has gotten up to is by a local guy who races A-Cats. He is about 150lbs, and his wife is about 85. They hit 17kn in 20kn of breeze, so I don't think solo weight would be a major problem. Sadly I am close to that alone.
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