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Thumbs up Big Fast sailing dinghies?

In the 1960's I sailed a lot of Flying Scots (19'). Although I never sailed in one, I really liked the Highlanders (20') and Ravens (24'). They were big, comfortable, and fast.

Do you know of any of these boats still in action?

Are there some newer design boats of this type? Open cockpit day sailers that can easily carry 4 - 5 adults, maybe more, in good weather - and can really move (Portsmouth index of 80.0 - 85.0.) That is about the speed of a Thistle.

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Sonar?

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If you got hair on your chest you could sail one of these.

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Re: Big Fast sailing dinghies?

You want to go like h..... Try a 49er - of course you can only bring one very very agile friend with you. You will improve your swimming skills too - turning it back right side up while you try to learn how to sail it.

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Re: Big Fast sailing dinghies?

Melges 32, mumm/farr 30's would fall into a LARGE dinghy catagory. Melges 24, laser sb24 would fall into medium dingy size. Not uncommon for the melges and mumm 30/32's to hit in the high teens/low 20's down wind surfing. The 24' models 5-7 knots less.

Reality is, todays designed day sailors are a bit different that yesterdays day sailors. While some of those are still raced sailed etc, some of the newer designs as all things supposed great and small happen.

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Big Fast sailing dinghies?

J22 or Sonar.
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Re: Big Fast sailing dinghies?

I think a "dinghy" implies an unballasted monohull. In that case, those australian star sharpies are pretty cool, as are the e-scows. If dinghy just means ultra lightweight, I would go with a viper.


Despite having a bulb keel, the whole 21' boat weighs 748 pounds, so trailering it is possible with almost any car. And when the wind is decent these boats FLYYYYYYY. Cool for older folks too, since they are unlikely to need righting, which is more than can be said for a 49'er haha...
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Re: Big Fast sailing dinghies?

If you are on a lake: Scows are fast.
The big one is an A scow, the smaller one a C scow, I-20 are smaller yet.
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Re: Big Fast sailing dinghies?

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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