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Best Dinghy for a Sailing School?

Hey,

I'm interested in seeing what everyone thinks would be the best learn to sail dinghy for a sailing school.

Requirements:
1.) Must be mass produced
2.) Must be able to handle intense learn to sail smashed into pier conditions
3.) Needs to be easily sailed under main alone
4.) Needs to be easy to repair

I haven't been able to find it but I'm ideally looking for a small dinghy with main jib and spin that is able to sustain the beating of a sailing school (IE not a 420). Something that doesn't require having a jib on it to sail.

Thoughts?
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Catalina 22 Capri. Tradewinds sailing school in San Francisco has about 8 of em. Simple. Easy to fix and find parts for. Inexpensive
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Re: Best Dinghy for a Sailing School?

A Capri 22 is not a dinghy. A Capri 14.2 is, and is a very common sailing school boat.
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Re: Best Dinghy for a Sailing School?

VX One design
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Re: Best Dinghy for a Sailing School?

Tech. Seriously. Does Hoofers have the molds?
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Re: Best Dinghy for a Sailing School?

Lido 14

Over 6,000 built
Robust and fun
Very Active support group
Used by schools all over US
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Re: Best Dinghy for a Sailing School?

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A Capri 22 is not a dinghy.
You are correct! My apologies.
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Re: Best Dinghy for a Sailing School?

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Tech. Seriously. Does Hoofers have the molds?
No, we don't. I'm just seeing if there's another option that exists that would provide a greater variety of experiences on one boat.

@sailingfool that N-10 is an interest boat... A spin with no backstay though?

@Stumble the VX is a cool boat but not even close to indestructible for what I need.

Thanks for the suggests!
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Re: Best Dinghy for a Sailing School?

They are a lot more indestructible than people think... Other than a rudder casset problem that was fixed by the builder, the first regatta they sailed was blowing about 30kn the practice day, no damage to any of them.

Since then I have seen some nasty collisions that didn't result in anything but a few scratches.
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