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Re: Big Fast sailing dinghies?

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Thank you all for your input.

To clarify a little, I am thinking in terms of a 20' - 25' centerboard sloop - although a swing or drop keel (trailer-able) would also work.

We sail on the Pacific, between Los Angeles and San Diego, so a scow or skiff is not what I'm looking for. (They would be great if I were near a lake.)

I also want the carrying capacity of 4 - 5 adults and the option of staying dry when we want to (which means a somewhat higher freeboard.) Something similar to the old Highlanders and Ravens.

What is the boat (with 3 man crew) just above; a Viper?

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Re: Big Fast sailing dinghies?

I wouldn't exactly call 20-25' a dinghy, but how 'bout .....

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Re: Big Fast sailing dinghies?

I would also look at the VX One design. Same designer as the viper, but smaller, and faster.

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Easily can handle 4-5 people on a daysail, but race with two. Last time I was out on one, we were hitting 18kn downwind with four on board.

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Re: Big Fast sailing dinghies?

Check the Bahia,

I sailed on one and it was a lot of fun

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Re: Big Fast sailing dinghies?

Oops, missed your clarification post, that might be a little short for you. But above 20' I don't know if you can call anything a dinghy
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Re: Big Fast sailing dinghies?

You could look into an ultimate 24 or B25, ultimate 20. All boats are 'fast'. How fast do you want to go?

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You could look into an ultimate 24 or B25, ultimate 20. All boats are 'fast'. How fast do you want to go?

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Thank you all for the replies.

The Laser Bahia is a boat that I have wondered about. I have not seen one. The same is true of the Laser 16, Laser Stratos, and Laser SB3, which also might be possibilities. The VX One looks great, but there are no good deals on used boats. The same is true of the Open 5.70, RS K6, and Viper 640. The Ultimate 20 looks good, too. Are there any used ones for sale at a reasonable price?

As for how fast I want to go . . . Just fast enough so that other similar size boats can't pass me - unless they are catamarans. (The Highlander has about the same PN handicap as a 29er but is much bigger.)

Please let me know if you can think of any other "big" boats that are also fast - and affordable.

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Re: Big Fast sailing dinghies?

Hmm, the VX has only been out of the molds for 6 months, so ya no used ones.

A Martin 243 comes to mind. Fast as... Sails with four, but must have four, no solo sailing on these.

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Big Fast sailing dinghies?

As earlier mentioned, what it sounds like you want is a Sonar
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As earlier mentioned, what it sounds like you want is a Sonar.
Thanks for the suggestion. The problem for me is the Sonar's fixed keel. If it weren't for that, I would also consider a Star. However, putting a fixed keel boat on a trailer is a pain as far as I am concerned. If at some point in time I join a club with a hoist, then you may be right.

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