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Topic Review (Newest First)
07-22-2013 10:14 AM
Rocha
Choose dinghy to return to sailing

Hello,

I learned to sail when I was about 16 or 17, on an old wooden Vaurien, not much of technical lessons appart from a couple of boat part names, and off you go. Eventually I sailed the Vaurien alone on calm river waters under light wind, and it was a ball. I realized I had a lot more fun by myself than I did sharing the boat, so I bought a Laser. Must have sailed the Laser only about 30 hours at the most since back then getting to the marina just by itself was a chore, they had no infrastructures so it made getting dry and storing stuff not pleasant. I eventually sold the Laser to fund buying a motorcycle. Back then I must have been about 85kg.

Fast forward to today and Im feeling like I would enjoy giving this another go. Ive got a more pleasant place to keep a boat now, inside and dry, and I can get there in 30 minutes from home. Im 32 years old, 183cm tall and 100kg (6 foot tall and 220pounds).

The easiest for me to buy would be another Laser on account of it being the most common 1 person dinghy around here, but I worry Id be too heavy for it. I havent got the need to win races or be seriously competitive.

Also, Im clueless about what would be a better boat for me, would a Finn be too tricky? Itll be sailed on the ocean, and I will probably rig it and get it on the water by myself. Simple is better, but I want it to be entertaining, not too slow, and rewarding. Would be awesome if it wasnt completely uncomfortable, but that may be asking too much.

Thanks a lot for your suggestions.

 
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