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re: Help me pick a sailing dinghy
For two and some gear, stay above 9' in length, and 10' would be much better.
We owned a Cape Dory 10 which we dragged in the back up a pick up for years. In 10', that boat was wonderful under sail or oar! We put many miles on that carrying a family of four(little kids) , some gear and a dog. I see them for sale used ranging from -1k and up. There are quite a few around and whatever you pay, you'll likely get it all back whenever you sell it.
Centerboard kicks up(as compared to a daggerboard) and Catboat like rudder take it through inches of water.
The only drawbacks for what your intended use, the mast is tall. But it's easy to pull(light aluminum).
Because it performs well under sail or oar, it's a little tender. You can capsize a boat like a CD 10 easily if you don't dump the mainsheet quickly.
The Dyer 9' is a good choice too, but they're usually more $. Not as fast but a better tender than the CD10. The WalkerBay 9' is a pretty good performer under oar and sail.
Good sailing dinghy's like you're after can be a little tough to find.
Tom Young sailing a 1961 38' Alden Challenger, CHRISTMAS out of
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