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Laser Pico or Byte

by Graham Carpenter
(Herault, France)


Until I retired in 2007 and moved to France, I sailed a solo from Papercourt Sailing club, Surrey. Since I left the UK I have not sailed except for 10 days last summer in Jamaica where I sailed a sunfish.

Here in France, I am really wanting to sail again and there is a large lake quite near me, but there is no club, and hence no safety boat.

Now aged 70 I feel that getting another solo will be too much for me sailing alone, and I would very much like to get a sunfish, but I have not found any used ones either here or in the UK. After browsing the net, I have come up with either a pico or a byte as a boat that seems suitable for my circumstances. What are your thoughts on the matter? Are both boats stable 9at least compared to a solo), and can both be transported on a roof rack,including the launching trolley?

Would appreciate your thoughts

Kind Regards

Graham Carpenter

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Aug 27, 2012
How to decide
by: Steve Saywell

I'm 63 and sail a Byte (not a C11).I'm a bit big and slow for it being 13 stone and a bit arthritic. I've tried a Pico (same problem) and think that the only advantage over a Byte is the possible use of a jib sail as standard. However having fitted a similar size jib to my Byte I think I can say that it is far superior.

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