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What to look for when buying a racing sailing dinghy

Hi! brand new to this forum and I was wondering what the best small racing dinghy I could get in the price range of $500 to $1500, with the length being under 18 feet? I have experience sailing bigger boats and would prefer a two sail boat, but I dont have a whole lot of knowledge with smaller boats as in what to look for when purchasing one.. I had been looking at a 16' sidewinder, also saw a Tasar for sale a few days ago. It would be really fun to race the boat eventually when I get better at sailing. Any recommendations are greatly appreciated!
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Re: What to look for when buying a racing sailing dinghy

Erik,

First I would recommend a boat that is raced locally if at all possible. Having experienced people to ask questions of, and sail with, will help jump up the learning curve.

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Re: What to look for when buying a racing sailing dinghy

Erik, I spent many years goofing around in a 16' sidewinder and had a absolute blast (and my brother continues to enjoy it). But I have seen very few of them. I assume if racing is what you are looking for, finding something that others were racing would provide more opportunities.
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Re: What to look for when buying a racing sailing dinghy

Good sails, and race what is raced locally... might not be the best boat, but at least you'll have a fleet to race WITH.

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Re: What to look for when buying a racing sailing dinghy

As others have mentioned, find the classes that are raced locally. Are there sailing, boat or yacht clubs in your area that race once or twice a week? Visit those clubs and talk to the members, they will steer you in the right direction and will find crewing opportunities for you so you can determine whether or not like the boat. Plus they will know where there is a DEAL. Good luck, have fun, nothing better then racing a small one design.
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Re: What to look for when buying a racing sailing dinghy

All the advise above is spot on. Additionally, if you hook up with a local one-design fleet, the fleet will work to get you up to speed quickly. Locally the one-design fleets have sailmakers or other experts provide free or very low-cost seminars and on-water training. Likely you will be able to find a crewing opportunity, where you'll develop skills quickly and have an opportunity to assess whether you'll like racing. In competitive classes the hot shots frequently have lightly used sails available for sale cheap.

Your $1,500 price cap may be challenging but I just saw a 17' racing dinghy available for free. The current owner raced her for years and just wants to pass the boat on to a new owner who'll race her.

Normally there is a very well established market for one-design dinghies. This will keep you from taking a beating if you wish to exit. You'll find good information on the class association website. For example, I bought my first one-design dinghy for $2,200 and sold it eleven years later for $1,950. I then upgraded to a $4,000 boat of the same design and sold it six years later for $4,200. The depreciation over 17 years was $50.

My kids and I enjoyed being part of a strong, supportive fleet and the opportunity to compete against national champions. It was a great value.
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Re: What to look for when buying a racing sailing dinghy

Check out Buccaneers Buccaneer 18 The Sailing Experience The are pretty stable and fun to sail. Used ones ready to sail are in your price range

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