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    Posted: 17 Jun 19 at 7:34am
I'm looking for a potential class to sail on an inland lake with my daughter that is more suitable for our weight. Around 25stone combined

We have a N12.
I'm just touching the scales at 18stone.

Thinking possible

Merlin?

What do you think?
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Post Options Post Options   Quote Neptune Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 17 Jun 19 at 7:44am
Merlin’s probably a big climb up to the side for small daughter. How about an albacore? Depends a lot on how tall she is, but suspect limits more you in the back... perhaps you can crew instead 😀

Quite a lot of boats that will carry a big helm need an equally strong crew so that rules out any powerful asymmetric apart from perhaps a 2000.
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Crew..me... 😂😂
Yes plus the asy on our lake won't be any use. To the sym would be more suitable.
Not thought about the albacore
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Albacore is a good shout as it carried weight well and if you are willing to hike then your daughter will not need too too much unless its blowing old boots!
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GP14, Merlin, Ent, Albacore, Scorpion, whichever is sailed locally. 25 stone is about ball park for many double-handers so there's not shortage of options. 

Some of the boats that carry this weight will also have higher sheet loads. Which may be a struggle for a 7 stone helm. Plus a few are set up expecting crews to be smaller, so it can be a squeeze in the front. 

Unless you're on one of the larger inland lakes I wouldn't choose an asymmetric. But if you are somewhere relatively big then a 2000 or 400 could be good. 
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Loads of good quality Bosuns being off loaded by Sea cadets on eBay.
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Try out a Merlin. When i switched to a Merlin from a Mirror, my two crews were 10 and 8 and coped well. The Merlin has a small easily handled jib and you can get small spinnakers although the full size spinnie is not that much of a handful if it is set up correctly. Just choose gentle days for the first few sails.

As for comment made about it being a long way across, all of my young crews have been far faster than adults in getting across.

A trial sail can be arranged through the excellent class association see the website.
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Thanks chaps.

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Albacore
Maybe fit a 2:1 jib sheet system.
Avoid a large spinnaker. It won’t be fun for either of you.
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As a large dad with 3 small daughters, an Albacore is exactly what I got. No point looking at total crew weight as it is all about what weight can be taken at the back. As suggested a 2 to 1 on the jib sheet will make it easier in strong winds, otherwise with your weight you can sail it singlehanded in a lot of conditions.
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