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Can someone suggest a few good single-handed sailboats? I would like a boat with the following characteristics:

* Large enough so it can be sailed without getting wet, at least not very wet. (Wet is OK when racing.)
* Relatively fast
* Suitable for trailering (mast can be raised and lowered by one person)

I am looking at the 14.5' Finn class (which is as old as I am.) However, I am thinking that there may be some newer boats that I should also look at. The Laser, of course, is very popular - but can it pass the "dry" requirement? How about the Contender, the RS boats, or the Solo?

Since the Finn is still in the Olympics, is it still the single-handed boat to beat?

Thanks, Richard
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You really cant use the word DRY with anything in that class of boat

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Re: Single-hander

Take a look at Lido 14's or Harbor 20's. I know the 14 is trailerable and I'm fairly certain the Harbor 20 is too.

I noticed you are in Orange County. OCC has a sailing school in Newport that has both of those and offers classes at very reasonable rates. You can try them out if you're not sure which you like. You might not need the class to learn sailing but they help with rigging, trim etc. I've been sailing most of my life and still take a class now and then to get my dinghy fix in. Cheaper and easier than owning your own, that's for sure. You can also join the club and rent/sail on your own after you take a class or two.

Their site: Welcome Aboard! | www.occsailing.com

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Getting wet is part of sailing ANY size boat.

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A Finn is a very demanding boat to sail - one reason for it being in the Olympics - requires size, strength, and considerable skill. Keep looking.

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Re: Single-hander

In OC the best choices are

Lido 14 (fleet 1 has a FB page )

Harbor 20s ( harbor20.org )

Finns are very wet
Lidos about the driest little dinghy you'll find
Harbor 20s are the driest most comfy small boats ever
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I hate the Finn. Probably the most painful boat I have ever sailed regularly, and at 210lbs I am not heavy enough to be competitive. Plus strain leg hiking all day sucks. They are slow, painful, and heavy... That being said the class is great, the quality of the sailors top notch, and the parties are a riot...

Are you looking for one person while racing, or just boats that can be sailed solo?

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Are you looking for one person while racing, or just boats that can be sailed solo?
Greg;

Thanks for the Finn information. What is a better choice? I am looking for a boat that can be sailed solo with relative ease. However, I do NOT want a boat that is heavy with more than one person aboard. (I would like the ability to carry 2-3 adults in good weather.) Also, I want a fairly fast boat that can be raced with a crew of 1 or 2.

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Re: Single-hander

The Harbor20 looks nice. In the same range there is the Sonar.

It depends a little on what type of trailering you are thinking about. I used to trailer a laser with a Honda Civic and it was fine but that was about all I would feel safe pulling with the car.

Any 14 or so feet dinghy will be wet to some extent, especially if it has a centerboard and capsizing is always a possible outcome. If you need dryness I would go towards a keel design.

Once in a while I sail a catalina14 on lake Meritt. Probably not a great racer but a nimble leisure boat nevertheless (much quicker than the old Cape Cod mercs anyway) and can definitely acomodate 3 people. The glass seems to be a little on the thin side though.
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