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Years ago I sailed quite often. I want to revisit that hobby and am looking for a boat. The (old) ones I am familiar with are the Thistle, Lightning, Highlander, Flying Scot, and Buccaneer 18. What are some "Modern" boats of this same general type (16'-20' race/cruiser, fairly fast)?

When I read about "modern boats" they are usually referring to light weight boats with a foam sandwich hull, little or no transom, a gennaker, and perhaps "wings" and/or a trapeze. Many of these boats are European. In addition, I want a boat with some freeboard height, not a skiff or scow. (I want to sit in it, not on it.)

In my post below, Greg suggested the VX One. It looks great but no used ones available yet. Are the Laser 16 or Laser Stratos "modern" boats of the type I am looking for? Are there any others?

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Re: "Modern" Dinghies

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You might look into the 15' Tasar. I owned one for a while and it is an extremely good dinghy, very fast and very easy to sail. There used to be a good fleet in Seattle. It's a kick in the pants to single hand.
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Re: "Modern" Dinghies

The Thistle is still a great boat but you sit on the gunwale, not in. Also consider the Capri 14, Precision 15, Mercury Sloop (n.b., it is not a modern design, and the Ideal 18. Fleet support is an important consideration.
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What about the American 14.6 or the American 18. I just ordered an American 14.6 because I also wanted to "sit in" the boat instead of on or outside it. This brand also appealed to me because I am not interested in racing, but rather trailering to water easily, easily rigging, and enjoying a leisurely sail with my wife. They seem to be built very well, and offer great options and features.
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Re: "Modern" Dinghies

One of the major reasons for having a dinghy is to be able to race it against others. This makes having the one and only "VX23y" in 100 miles somewhat pointless, even if it might be fun to sail on occasion. If you're in SoCal, what sorts of boats are being sailed where you are? The Marina Del Rey Dinghy Club has pictures of Lasers, Optis, 420's and (perhaps?) an International 14. Alamitos Bay YC shows fleets of Snipes, Moths, Lido14's, 505's, Vipers, and Finns, among others. I've found the 505 a bit more stable than Thistles, and faster. Fleets of existing boats will have used ones for sale and you will possibly be able to test-sail them before taking the plunge. Research what's already in your own backyard first. You're more likely to find boats that suit local conditions better, and which will satisfy you more in the long run, than suggestions on the fly from people thousands of miles away.
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Re: "Modern" Dinghies

it is a shame they never took off in the states, but I just sold off my GP14. There is a thriving race fleet here in Southern NJ, but except for one or two other places, most people have never heard of this quick (and old fashioned) dinghy.

So why the need for a "modern" dinghy anyway?
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