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What dinghy to buy

by Chris Airey
(Lancaster, UK)

I am a beginner having only sailed a dingy a couple of times but have done a lot of windsurfing so understand the principles of sailing. Looking to buy a boat that is car topable that can accompany the caravan to the various destinations we get all around europe. Needs to be able to accomodate myself (15 st) and my 9 yr old daughter. Intend to teach myself (at least try initially) and will make or buy a portable road trailer so don't need to hump on and off the roof every time once on site. Don't want to spend a fortune and am considering joining a club when I retire from the cops in a few months. Bought a decent inflatable dingy last year with the intention of adding a sailing kit but with import duties probably more cost effective to buy a purpose made craft. Thanks Chris. North Lancs

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Apr 10, 2012
Dad & Daughter Dinghy
by: BM

This may sound like a strange choice, but a Laser might be a good idea. It isn't normally a 2 person boat, but I'm 6'2", 220 lbs and I have had a lot of fun teaching both my kids to sail on Lasers. The real fun is when the wind is up and the kids aren't around taking it out myself. Now that they are both a little older, we have a small fleet of 5 Lasers and I set up fun afternoon races with me, the kids and a few friends. The best thing is that Laser parts are easy to come by and so are the boats themselves. Most of mine (1980-1992 hulls) were purchased used for under $1000US and only needed a few lines or minor repairs. Some even came with nice trailers, but they are PERFECT boats to put on top of any car. I'm sure there are many good boats for you out there. The Laser just works perfectly for my family.

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