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Having re-read your criteria, I think a feva would work, although they don't have a trapeze. Do you intend to take them out one at a time or multiple at once?
The feva is easy to singlehand and has a small, perfectly manageable kite which makes them go quickly.
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 One hull good, two hulls better 
 

Three hulls best!

I think the boat that matches your criteria for something that's quick, can be handled solo and can take the grandchildren is the Weta Trimaran - and it's been approved for both the World Masters Games and Paralympics so even those with limited mobility can sail it. (I have a dodgy back, one of our local fleet members has duff knees from skiff sailing, another has a wonky wrist from work).

It has enough buoyancy for 3 adults (440lbs / 200Kg) or a bunch of kids and while it's an asymetric, the kite can be easily furled to depower and power up as required. There's also a furling jib available which is used by some owners with young kids or mobility issues to depower quickly if the wind gets up.

The Weta is very stable but planes upwind at around 10-12 knots and off the breeze up to 20 knots. It's really hard to capsize but easy to right if you do just by flooding a hull and sitting on it. It tacks like a monohull because of the daggerboard and no abs of steel required - you just lie on the tramps or sit on the floats. It provides all the fun of skiff sailing without the drama.

The new foam-core hulls and carbon components mean it only weights 120Kg fully rigged and the New Square Top Mainsail means it has over 21 SqM of sail area from Norths which helps with launch/retrieval, light wind or fully laden performance. But it's very forgiving and I've raced mine in winds over 35 knots - and righted it without assistance. It stows in the space of a Laser but only takes 20 minutes to rig.

There's one on Apolloduck in Hampshire for 7K and my old friend, Patrick, came 4th at Camel Week with an older boat he's recently acquired. 

 

More at wetauk.co.uk




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Thanks for that. Having sailed a tri (albeit 40 ft, not 15) I'm not prejudiced against multis as you can see from my signature. On the lake I plan to use, a Weta would be towards the back of the fast handicap fleet - they have foiling moths and asymmetric international canoes! A hull weight of 100kg makes it pretty heavy for one person.  A search brought up this thread: https://www.yachtsandyachting.com/forum/forum_posts.asp?TID=11200&PN=3&title=weta-fastest-boat-on-the-water  which I'm ploughing my way through. I like the concept, particularly having a footwell as opposed to sitting on a tramp with a cat.  

Having sailed offshore cats and tris where the latter is generally faster and lighter, I struggle to adjust to the idea that in the dinghy world, the reverse is true. My 40' cat weighed 5 tons and cruised at 10 knots, my tri of the same size weighed 3.5 tons and cruised at 14 knots.

I'll certainly give it some serious thought. I see there is one for sale at £2,300 at present.
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Patrick Lyon is a former International Canoe Sailor but got fed up with swimming - the Weta is much more forgiving.

The Weta isnít as quick as a Moth or IC - but it doesnít crash and burn like one either and you can take it out when they stay ashore. In most handicap fleets we compete with Fireballs and "slower" skiffs like the 29er and B14 - although the latter has a larger kite and gets away downwind.

It comes with a lightweight aluminium trolley and as most components are carbon, the heaviest component you have to lift are the 12Kg floats when you slot them in the main hull. The carbon mast comes in 2 sections and weighs 6Kg. There is also a hinged mast step available and a chest harness which supports your torso and makes it really comfortable for Marathon events - they have been used for the 300 mile Everglades Challenge, Texas 200 and others.

Rigging is easy with a bit of practice
 

I race in a mixed fleet on Sydney Harbour and I won the summer series last year. Iím usually up the pointy end unless it goes really light and choppy but Iíve also competed in light-wind events when the Moths canít get airborne and you can use the Gennaker as a Code Zero to keep moving.



There's also the Wetaforum and Weta Wiki with a Used Weta Buyers Guide at http:///wetaforum.com/

Edit: I've just realised you're at Liskard (I think) Patrick and I both have places at Rock and there are four Wetas based there. 



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Post Options Post Options   Quote Pewit Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 16 Sep 19 at 4:22pm
Originally posted by snowleopard

I'll certainly give it some serious thought. I see there is one for sale at £2,300 at present.

That cheapo boat in Scarborough has been online for 10 years (we think) and probably scraped from eBay. The website business address is fake too so it's probably a scam  - but I'm unsure what the scam is.

There's a real boat avaiable on Apolloduck
https://sailingdinghies.apolloduck.co.uk/boats/weta

There's a big fleet of them in France (the French invented the multihull apparently) so another option might be to import one from there. (before the Brexit deadline!) 

The French have an online forum here https://forum.wetaclassefrance.com

There are 2 Wetas for sale on Le Bon Coin which is the French equivilent of Loot/Apolloduck
https://www.leboncoin.fr/recherche/?category=7&text=weta

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For a not too dissimilar brief I had an Albacore. Definitely a sit in boat in the lighter winds and I've sailed singlehanded and with the full family of 5. It is lighter than the 2000 and faster without the complication of a spinnaker.

However given your declared age I don't think any boat will be light enough to handle/singlehand easily. I suspect you are better off getting two cheaper boats that better fit the different requirements.


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