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06-22-2011 10:37 PM
Sublime
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Originally Posted by rjcaudle View Post
How about Tanzer 16, vs Bucaneer 18, vs Flying Scot? All are in local club fleet.
Flying scot would be an excellent boat! Even when you get really experienced, have a fine yacht, you'll still love sailing that boat.
06-21-2011 10:24 PM
stevegmusic if you have never sailed before, get in a sunfish and mess around till you get a good feel for things...then rock and roll in any of those three. Word to the wise though, bring a friend who is good at sailing. I've never been in a scott or a tanzer, but the bucc18 is a handfull.
06-08-2011 06:46 AM
rjcaudle How about Tanzer 16, vs Bucaneer 18, vs Flying Scot? All are in local club fleet.
06-06-2011 03:02 PM
dnf777 Having learned on a 15 foot sloop, handling a Beneteau 393 seemed like a piece of cake! I'm sure many fine sailors started on larger boats, to be sure, but it seems like you develop a feel for the wind and boat interaction more directly on a smaller boat that responds quicker and more dramatically to the wind. Just my opinion from someone still very close to the beginning, with lots yet to learn.
06-04-2011 04:40 PM
rjcaudle Thanks for the note Caleb.

Indeed the Albemarle and Pamlico Sounds are big. But we vacation south near the SC border. No sound there, below Wilmington.

I will look in to your suggestions.

rjc
06-04-2011 12:15 AM
CalebD Lido 14' would require a trailer and hitch: www.lido14.org
and might be cheaper then a Holder 14': Holder Vagabond 14 sailboat for sale

I have sailed a Laser on the ocean down in Guadaloupe from a Club Med many, many moons ago. They had a protected lagoon we put in at and sailed through a 'hole' in the reef out into the Carribean with maybe 3' swells. It was a blast and I'm pretty sure I pissed off the Frenchy waterfront guy who did not want us to leave the lagoon area in the first place.
You can launch a Laser from an ocean beach in small surf; that will be your judgement call. Better to start out in a semi-protected area near the ocean that you could retreat to if needed. Some of your NC inlets to the ocean have some nasty reputations for currents and waves though.
Pamlico and Abemarle Sounds not big enough water for you?
06-03-2011 11:10 PM
WDS123 Lido 14 - designed as a forgiving entry level boat in 1958, thousands built. You can pick up a used one for pennies. Still One of top 10 fleets in the country.
06-03-2011 08:50 PM
BentSailor The Laser isn't a surf-board, so if you're carrying it - you'll need at least another person on the other side. I use a dolly to walk it down to the beach myself and pulling it off that is an easy job for a 30yr old (me). Rigging it is a one person job too.

As for transport, I simply use the club's Laser, so I cannot speak from experience. That said, she packs up pretty well and is relatively small & light (compared to other dinghys), so with a trailer it would be quite simple. Apparently it was designed to be possible to stick on one's roof racks as well. Given the light weight and small size, I reckon (with another person to help you get it off & on) this would work well too.

I'm a lake-sailor at the moment, so cannot speak about how well she sails in the ocean. That said, everyone of the promo videos I've seen of the Laser is with a guy sailing it in/through the surf. That said, they look far fitter than me, so your mileage on that might vary.
06-03-2011 05:29 PM
rjcaudle Regarding Laser.

How hard is it to transport. Can one carry it to the beach? How would it be in the ocean (NC), just off the surf?

Thanks for info
06-03-2011 11:18 AM
BentSailor I crewed with two others in a Corsair 16ft before moving onto a Laser to sail for/by myself. Whilst I still sail the Laser (a good boat to learn quick balance & tacking skills), I would recommend finding a slightly larger one if you (like me) intend to use it for learning skills intended for a larger vessel.

The Laser is a cat-rigged dinghy meaning that if you want to sail with a jib and spinnaker (again, like me), you need to find another class of dinghy to sail. That said, they are very quick and simple to rig & launch, alot of fun in decent wind (not really worth it in light wind though), and can be sailed almost anywhere.
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