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Funny I also remember you from the PBO site (I was Caer Urfa). I also sailed offshore single handed for over 50 years and reluctantly sold my motor Sailor during the year. I am 72 and 15.5 stone and wanted still to mainly sail 'single handed', 'I thought' moving from offshore sailing to dinghy sailing would be no problem,         BIG MISTAKE, I started by trying the boats 'I liked the look of' when I eventually went for a boat I was more physically comfortable in and enjoyed sailing, I also tried them all before buying my Hartley 12 , Lasers,Solo, miracles, GP14, Toppers you name it, what you have to remember is your old knees and admit you may not be able to move as quick as you think you can, I could plan to do a tack for 3 minutes offshore, now I might get three seconds, my advice is buy a boat you can now physically handle not what might look good  Smile

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Thanks for all the input. My short list came down to Megabyte, Phantom and Finn. In the end it was a question of what was available so I am now the proud owner of a Finn.
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Nice one, not the lightest and most trendy but a classy boat none the less.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote snowleopard Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 01 Apr 18 at 12:25pm
Well after a long winter, I got out for the first time today. The Finn is a powerful beast and goes pretty quickly. With a F2-3 I was able to get it up on the plane a bit and sit on the side rather than squatting in the middle. Hauling 300 lbs up a ramp on your own is not so funny but maybe it will get me fitter. I wouldn't want to try a steep tidal ramp though.

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Good to see you went with the Finn - I joined the Class 2 years ago at the age of 47 and have absolutely loved it! Off to the World Masters next month too!!!
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Post Options Post Options   Quote snowleopard Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 24 Jul 18 at 4:53pm
Well having struggled up the ramp for a while I have reluctantly concluded that the Finn will have to go. Also, despite adjusting the mast rake fully forward, It's still a struggle with my 6'4" 70 year old frame to get under the boom when tacking or worse - gybing.

There are lots of boats that would suit, including the Mirror clone I'm putting a lugsail on but I do still have the hankering for speed.
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Looks like you need to revisit the Phantom then.....
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Indeed it does.

Then I googled it and found this comment on another forum...

"The phantom's I've sailed with have to slack off the kicker to get under the boom every tack"


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You need a deep cockpit version, either an old-un or a one of the new deep cockpit designs. My mate is well over 6' and a big lad to boot (though a lot younger than you and I) and has no difficulty tacking his old GRP Phant. Try to get a go in one but looking at it it seems a roomy boat.
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Snowleopard

If you have struggled tacking the Finn something must have been not quite right ?

If the kicker is fully off upwind the boom will jump up quite high when you let off the mainsheet to tack. With its deep cockpit there's loads of room. If you tack with the main cleated or don't let it off you will haver problems.

Regardless of the type of Phantom it will be much harder to get under the boom than the Finn. When its breezy it gets worse as you rake the rig and have loads of kicker on.

In addition you with wreck your knees when you have to sit 'in' it when the breeze is light.

If you are most interested in comfort perhaps neither of these racers are suitable ?


The Phantom is a fantastic boat but the Finn is so much more comfortable



When gybing you just need to remember to let off the kicker
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