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I agree with almost all of this, but you shouldn't rule out a Finn, which doesn't have to be high performance or high spec and would actually be pretty much the best boat for you, a deep cockpit single floor phantom which will have a comfy thwart to sit on, and, if you can find one, a megabyte, which would be perfect for you - like a Finn, but easier.  You really DO need to take account of your size and weight and a get a boat to suit, otherwise you will be uncomfortable and put off and eventually stop sailing, which would be tragic.  Try to get a test sail in all of these boats before you buy one so you can work out what suits you, don't just buy on spec.
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Hi Thanks for the reply,I rang someone who is selling a Solo and that is what he said, he did not recommend it for me.
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Hey, that's not bigoted advice, my pal is four years older than me, similar weight and he sails a Phantom and is also relatively inexperienced, although he did spend some time in a Supernova, another better choice than a bloody Solo what is it with you people and Solo's? They are not even a nice boat ffs. The only reason given for using them is because there are lots of other retarded folk being sold the 'oh it's got a class we can all race together' bollox.

The Phantom is a great weight carrier it's a relatively easy boat to sail, stable, fast, performs well, what's not to like?
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I'm not sure ANY of the boats described at 19 stone and age 60 would be right. Something rather more forgiving of the weight being in the wrong place would be much better, as any capsize will be followed by a long wait for the rescue boat. Singlehanding a cruising doublehander with a reefable sail would seem to make more sense - something like a Wanderer, maybe?
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Post Options Post Options   Quote rogerd Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 18 Dec 12 at 8:12pm
Or a GP I sail my geep single handed and my father used to put a suit of old gull sails on to take the grandchildren out in.
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You sit on the side of a Solo downwind, if not on the side, then on the thwart.  It really is the comfiest boat I've sailed.  The Phantom on the otherhand requires kneeling in the bottom of it.  It really isn't that cosy, in fact I found it rather irksome from an ergonomics point of view- maybe an old deep cockpit one is different.

But at 19 stone you are big for a Solo, not impossibly big, but I'd probably look to getting a classic Finn if one comes up instead.
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here's a left field idea:

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I Like your idea its like having training wheels on your bike Smile 
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