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    Posted: 15 Dec 12 at 5:37pm
I am new to sailing having just completed a RYA course , the club I joined do not have any club boats that can be used other than for training.
My question is what dinghy is suitable for a 6 foot, 19 stone, 60 year old  who just wants to sail around the lake and not to race YET maybe when I get some confidence with my own dinghy.
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A Solo. It might not carry your weight as well but will allow you to move around. Moving on to a Finn or phantom when you are more advanced
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I second that
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buy a cheap solo to play around in, until your sure what you want.

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19 Stone?

Phantom, don't listen to anyone suggesting that antiquarian, relic of a bygone era sailed by zombies, the solo.

You'll have more fun in a Phantom.
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Originally posted by iGRF

19 Stone?

Phantom, don't listen to anyone suggesting that antiquarian, relic of a bygone era sailed by zombies, the solo.

You'll have more fun in a Phantom.


grf. he is a newbe with no sailing experiance, asking for impartial advice.( which is what radixon gave)

and you tell him to buy a expensive high performance boat thats hard on the knees as his first boat!!!! Dead( phantoms are great boats, but not for a 60 year old  new to sailing )

what planet are you on?
just for once can you give un bigoted advice.

you have really gone down in my estimation.


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Given that you don't want to race yet, it really doesn't matter too much what you buy, as long as it is a hiking singlehander.
However on the assumption that you do eventually get confident enough to race, I'd suggest buying whatever is the most popular singlehanded hiking dinghy at the club, even if you are really too big for it. The variance in crew skill and boat finish will mean that while you probably wont win straight away, you'll at least be able to develop the skills to at least get in the mix.
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Thank you everyone for your reply`s, I have rang some one who is selling a Solo and explained what I wanted it for, he said he would not recomend it for me as the dagger board box would hamper me and going down wind having to crouch on your knee`s . Question
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I cant think of a single hander that won't have an element of crouching going downwind. Of course you can always stand up down wind and only crouch when you need to gybe.
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Given the sort of sailing you are looking to do, I would not have thought that was really an issue to start with.  Take a Solo out for a try.  (It has a centreboard actually. That's why there is a box.)
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