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hello,
can anyone tell me which brand of small rooftop sailboats are good.I''ve been looking at several including the castle craft sunflower and the various models by Escape. I need something small and light to take along on camping trips and we are already pulling a trailer.
If I am on the wrong board can you please direct me to one that might specialize in very small craft?

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Tom
 

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I own and am looking to sell my Minifish due to the fact that I need to race. It is a great boat that is easily handled. AMF alcort stoped making them in the 1985 range. My boat is an 1981 and is still in good condition. For 400$ obo. any one that wants a good cartopable cruiser or just a boat for the kids, this boat I highly recomend. I am in Sarasota, Florida 941-924-8747. Good sailing!
 

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Crashtom~ "Snark" is a small sailor that sails with a Sunfish-type rig, but with a MUCH less weight hull for rooftopping. If you can, I would even look into some of the hybrid kayak-sailors for an easy camping take-along!
 

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hey capstuz i saw you did this on another thread....please dont revive the dead threads especially ones that are 8 years old....
 

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hey capstuz i saw you did this on another thread....please dont revive the dead threads especially ones that are 8 years old....

Could someone please explain to me what makes reviving an old thread so bad?
Many, if not most of the people who will read it this time, either didn't read it the first time around or can't remember it. Wheres the harm?
 

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excuse me, the thread police.....won't return to SAILNET FORUM...guess everyone here already knows everything!
 

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I clicked to read what it was about, as I have seen some interesting things in life.

I seen a Catalina 25 with a Pilot House not long ago and knew what people with imagination could do. :eek:

I seen this and thought, "dang, now someone putting a roof on their boat!"

"I wonder if they use Cedar Shingles?" :confused:
 

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There is a certain amount of altruism involved in answering a post. After all a lot of people just lurk and benefit and don't contribute. Of course lurking is OK too it is a good way to learn.

If you answer a question posted by someone who only posted once 8 years ago your altruistic instincts may be better applied if you check to see if the original poster is likely to benefit. Unless you are posting to an old thread because you believe the subject is still relevant and you believe others will benefit.
In any event I think the regulars are just making sure the posters are aware of their options.
What I'm going to do, when I remember, when posting to an old thread is to mention that I know the thread is old so folks know it was a conscience choice.
 

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It all depends on HOW you revive a thread.

If it were me running the site - I'd combine some things here.

There's a lot of duplication. In fact, I SEARCHED first (which is the proper etiquette on nearly every site on the planet it seems) for something about a school. I didn't actually find any threads.

After I started the new thread, suddenly some more threads showed up. I suggested the three be combined regardless of the dates on the threads, since the information in each was slightly different in regards to the same place. It helps folks LOOKING for information to FIND the information.

Responding to a years-old message though, to go sailing might not be helpful :)
 

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Crashtom~ "Snark" is a small sailor that sails with a Sunfish-type rig, but with a MUCH less weight hull for rooftopping. If you can, I would even look into some of the hybrid kayak-sailors for an easy camping take-along!
In regards to what the thread was about originally :) thanks for bringing this up.

I'm going to locate a small boat to practice on over the summer (as well as our 25' boat) - but I want something SMALL that I can mess about in.

I didn't think of the camping/kayak thing..... "Snark" is a model/brand?
 

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hi...i am actually in the process this winter of shopping around for my first boat. i found this thread while doing a search for "snark" and the "cartopable" term caught my eye. i've been trying to figure out if a snark is a boat where i'd actually learn some sailing basics and have some fun around the new england lakes (ocassional harbor) all the whilie maximizing my use. i would like to hear more of prior owners both negative and positives. so i am grateful someone revived this post. thanks in advance for any guidance.
 

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NE...yes...they are very light boats suitable for light wind lake sailing but if you get one wishing to learn how to sail I would suggest one of the ones with jib and mainsail like the Skimmer or SunchaserII rather than the Snark model.
My first boat was a Snark and it was a great summer fun boat and easy to learn on and get back upright when you dump her. Also easy to get on and off the top of the car.
One downside is that they are not fiberglass so you can damage them more easily.
 

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thanks camaraderie, i definitely appreciate the feedback. the sunchaser was the actual model i was looking at so i am glad you mentioned that. i have seen a few comments regarding these boats as easily damaged...i am a little curious as to why that is because the material they use is, what i think, is the same in my coleman canoe (also in a lot of old town versions) and this material is SO much stronger than fiberglass. I should say what I am told is stronger but not as easily repairable. any thoughts there?
 

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The plastic will bend and deform a bit without damage but it can be cut by sharp rocks etc. and it is basically unrepairable since nothing will stick to it. Nevertheless...rugged enough for most casual usage. We had no problems.
 
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