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    Posted: 25 Dec 21 at 3:36pm
Having a Christmas catch up with my sister and I may have convinced her to get back in to sailing after a 20 year dry spell. She has 3 children 2-5yrs old. And a total novice husband. She would need a boat she can teach them all in. She was very good back in the day, won a gold at the youth worlds in a 29er did a bit of 14 sailing and then hung her sailing boots up to dry, hasn't been sailing since, but it's like riding a bike, yeah?
2 questions,   where are boats listed on line now days in the UK?
What type of boats would be good? None of them are big people, My first thought was a laser2000. (I'm based in Aus so the available boats are very different, and things have changed this last 10-15 years, so pointers would be helpful). She is in the Winchester area.

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Ebay, apolloduck, Facebook, preloved, most of the selling sites even local clubs to your sister will probably have boats for sale.
I personally would go for a Enterprise.
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The Apollo duck web site is a good place to start looking for boats .
If she does fb, the page Dinghy and dinghy bits for sale is also a good  place to look. 
I will let other better qualified people comment on what boat to actually get Smile.



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The where is the first  important part of the equation,  Burghfield is less than a hour away from Winchester, 365 days of sailing a year, friendly, competitive at all levels,  an Andrew Simpson centre if the kids want levels and some L2000. 
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Another option near Winchester would be Hawley Lake - just up the M3. Lots of training options and friendly racing.
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I'd suggest an enterprise might be a bit tame for someone who has done 29ers and I14s, but you do get a lot of enterprise for your money.

If she was good in 29ers she should be ok at finding a boat once she knows where to look!
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Post Options Post Options   Quote 423zero Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 25 Dec 21 at 10:52pm
I think Enterprise is a bit tame for her, but then you add three toddlers and a novice husband, a Wayfarer could be a good boat, Enterprise, Wayfarer boats they can't fall out of the back.
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Another +1 for an ent, they are very 'pure' boats, simple enough up the front for novice crews, roomy enough for a couple of adults and the kids and very well mannered. It won't provide the physical challenge of a 29er/I14 but I'm pretty sure she'll get a buzz out of the 'cerebral' side of sailing the Ent after 20 years off. It's much lighter than a L2k too though that may also be a good choice depending on what is sailed at their home club.

I agree that Apollo Duck it probably the biggest dinghy marketplace but ebay and Facebook are worth a look too.


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Enterprise…. A dead class going nowhere. Dull as dishwater. 

Laser 2000 is a decent shout. 
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Post Options Post Options   Quote iGRF Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 27 Dec 21 at 12:10pm
That Apollo duck doesn't seem to be the place it was, there used to be 4 -500 boats in the dinghies section not so long ago, now you have to check two bloody facebook market sites, which are also bullsh*t, with no protection, I once drove up to Essex to buy off facebook and no-one showed, the boat was in the yard, buried behind loads of crap and nobody showed up. It is a sad state of play, I think probably the best places are the class own sites if they have one for sale given you know what you want. RS400 would probably be a good bet for that lady, just easy enough to teach with, but with a bit of added excitement. Depends where she's going to race though I guess.
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