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Small boat fever!

So my 10 year old son is off at sailing camp, and I got a call from him yesterday.

"Daddy! Daddy! I got to sail in a Laser and it was so cool! I got to put my feet in the hiking strap and it broached like 5 times and I capsized and it was sooo much fun! Can we get one? Can we?"

And of course this reminds me of days past where I used to sail Laser's and 420's and makes me want to get one...

So now I have the tough decision.. Do I go out and buy a two person, somewhat inexpensive, performance oriented small boat like a Vanguard 15 or Laser 2, or do I buy two Laser's so he and I can race. Of course I weigh 250 and he weighs 120, so I'm not sure there would be much of a competition there!

By the way, this is more of a rhetorical question than me asking opinions. I just thought I'd share my quandry
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As you say, you really can't race well head to head on boats that small due to weight difference. I might think along the lines of a mismatched pair; maybe get him a laser and yourself an old Hobie 14 or such, where stacking for transport might work out, you could keep up (maybe ) and have some variety.
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labatt,

Not sure what stuff is yours in the attachment but if one of those large boats is then you have to be quite busy already keeping track of what you have got now.

Many clubs have junior sailing programs and ours does as well. They even have more than one kind of boat for the kids here.

I would look into something like that before buying more boats.

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labatt,

Not sure what stuff is yours in the attachment but if one of those large boats is then you have to be quite busy already keeping track of what you have got now.

Many clubs have junior sailing programs and ours does as well. They even have more than one kind of boat for the kids here.

I would look into something like that before buying more boats.

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I actually like the idea of purchasing another small boat or two... our 40 footer is a 2.5 hour drive from here, so we're there every Friday eve through Sunday, and for a few weeklong trips or three day weekends. We have a small lake 15 minutes from our house, so if we had a couple of small, easy to rig boats I could get a little sailing in after work!
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Not sure what stuff is yours in the attachment but if one of those large boats is then you have to be quite busy already keeping track of what you have got now.
The Passport 40 is mine, and yes, indeed, it keeps us quite busy!

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Many clubs have junior sailing programs and ours does as well. They even have more than one kind of boat for the kids here.
Unfortunately the closest club is a good 45-55 minutes away, so it makes it a bit long for an after work event.
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labatt,

I was actually considering a small s/v to take out solo for myself, whenever the wife isn't up to taking out the NC33. I'd use it at either the marina, a mooring or anchorage.

One option I'm considering is a hardshell dinghy with an outboard mount -which also converts to a sailboat, possibly replacing the inflatable tender. I've seen several models, but have not narrowed them down yet.

My max capacity requirement is not quite as heavy as your 250 lbs - but that is a valid consideration for selection . . . especially when taking another crew member onboard. Vessel weight is another important factor if raising to davits, or onto the foredeck when cruising in heavy weather. I'll monitor all replies you receive to this thread with interest.
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I'll be keeping my little boat after I get the big boat so I can let the kids use it or if I wanna go lake sailing on the spur of the moment. It's paid for after all...
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