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Community Level 2noyzboyz

noyzboyz

Lots of laughs and good for racing too

AdvantagesFun, Cheap, durable, easy to maintain. Car-toppable. Widely recognised.

DisadvantagesNot good for oversize people. THe rest of your family will want to use it all the time

"...dinghy although when you are sailing one off the wind in a force 6 and you can’t see a damn thing for spray with your bum an inch from the water they feel anything but slow! One of the best laughs you can have as an experienced sailor is to take a mate out when it is blowing an absolute ‘hooligan’ (Force 7 or above). Once, we had over 20 stone of body weight hanging out over side and were going like a train, spray everywhere, the ..." Read review
07.10.2001

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Community Level 1JohnDM

JohnDM

Topper Sailing Dinghy

AdvantagesStrong and durable, affordable, simple to sail and rig

DisadvantagesLess sutable for experanced sailors

"The topper sailing dinghy is an robust, affordable sailing dinghy which can be sailed by people of all ages making it an excellent choice for families. The design of the Topper means that it can be easily and effectively reefed as required. This is important for use with children when it is often desirable to reduce the power in more than light winds. Despite this the boat is still relatively speedy and certainly give the impression of speed to ..." Read review
29.08.2001

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Community Level 6Manx

Manx

The Team Philips Super Jinx

AdvantagesA by and large British venture.

DisadvantagesIt doesn't seem to work.

"In the off chance that you have been living on the moon for the last little while (and that the moon doesn’t have any TV news channels) I’ll quickly remind you that the world’s biggest carbon fibre construction is a £4, 000, 000 yacht. This super-yacht has a revolutionary design and if I were cruel (okay, if I were crueller) I’d say that the revolutions in the design are the handy dandy features that allow it to snap in two and crumble to pieces. ..." Read review
11.12.2000

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Community Level 1fletcherja

fletcherja

Wettest scariest roller coaster ride in the world

AdvantagesThe best place to meet new friends and get great sailing tips.

DisadvantagesThe showers and toilets - Hold your nose !

"...scared ! However, if you enjoy sailing by the seat of your pants, and hanging on to the edge of the boat with only 3mm of wetsuit keeping you from a serious upside down moment then this is for you. Chichester harbour federation week regatta, hosted by Hayling Island Sailing club is the place to be. Run the week after Cowes - it's the amateur dinghy racing equivalent. The "really" serious guys (and girls) go all out to win, and for the rest ..." Read review
04.09.2000

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Community Level 1pickanme

pickanme

powerboats: sunseeeker offshore 28ft 1981

Advantagesfreedom, fun, friends, ocean, freedom.

Disadvantagesmoney. risk to life of all onboard incase of disaster

"my experience with my 28ft sunseeker offshore performance motor cruiser boat i bought a very old (1981) sunseeker offshore 28ft motor cruiser earlier this year. since then, she has skinted me with engine troubles and mooring fees (actually they are not too bad - £2000 gets you a years parking for your boat!) so the engines are a bit tricky, but the boat itself behave excellently in the sea, even in the rough stuff. the ride is comfortable, and ..." Read review
20.12.2007

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Go sailing!

Advantagesasymmetric sailing with no trapeze

Disadvantagesinclination to turtle after capsize

"Elsewhere on ciao.com you'll find a review of the Laser 3000. Here I'm writing about the Laser 2000 - from the same manufacturers, but a very different boat to sail. If you want an exciting asymmetric dinghy, but don't want the added complication of a trapeze, the Laser 2000 is for you. It is normally sailed and raced by two, but could take an adult and two children, or even 3 small adults for cruising. The layout is simple and well thought out, ..." Read review
27.07.2000

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Community Level 1tom_wood

tom_wood

sailing the laser 3000

Advantagesgood training boat, big fleet, fast, fun, managable

Disadvantagesbad handycap

"I have been sailing the laser 3000 for 4 years now and it is a great boat. The laser 3000 is a 2 man sailing dingy with an asymetric spinnika and trapise for the crew. The boat is an excellent boat for junor racers and is an superb boat to start high performance sailing. The rig is simple and rigging is very quick and easy, and sailing is even easier. The helm has a lot of space in the back as it has an open back cockpit, the centre main sheet work ..." Read review
20.07.2000

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Community Level 1mat-packer

mat-packer

Sail a Topper !!!

AdvantagesIdeal for a new sailor to learn with, Easy to rig

DisadvantagesNot extremly high performance, can be dificult to sail in light winds.

"...would like to take up sailing in a single handed dinghy then a Topper is IDEAL for you ! It is simply the best boat ever for learning in it is not extreme power, performance and speed but it does go in a strong blow (I should know Iv had experiences in a force 8(thats 2 off hurican force !!)and they are very fun). They are robust made of a double section plastic hull, they only have one sail and are intended for one person but can easily take 2. They ..." Read review
30.07.2000

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Community Level 1flurb

flurb

the sport of kings

AdvantagesThe rush you get from plaining along past everyone else

Disadvantagesis very wind dependant :<

"i have now been sailng 3 years, i started in year seven when i first joined my school sailng club. i fell in love with this great sport because it is soo exciting. i know many people just think that sailng is a boring past time thta old people do, but it is a sport. THis year at the olympics we won at least 4 golds in sailing. and as for the boring part thats only when you go slow because there is no wind. it really is the best feeling when you start ..." Read review
10.12.2000

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Community Level 1adamski

adamski

Wind in your hair, speeding along tops of waves, only you in the boat, overtaking the guy beside you in that vital championship race, now thats sailing

AdvantagesFast speeds, big adrenaline rushes

DisadvantagesA new laser will cost around 3000 pounds

"...do ok so far. Laser sailing is ver under rated, not many people at all have taken it up and those that have know how amazing it is. On a laser you have a sail (Mine is 5.7sq/m) a centreboard, a rudder, a tiller extension and tiller, as well as your ropes which include and outhaul (to tighten the sail, a kicker (to tighten the boom) and thats why i love to sail. ..." Read review
15.07.2000

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Community Level 1Tony3603

Tony3603

Sailing the Vandercraft 3000 class dinghy

AdvantagesFast, fun, easy, light

DisadvantagesLess suited to heavy crews

"This boat is a development of the original Laser 3000 two-man, trapeze, asymmetric-spinnaker racing dinghy, now made by VanderCraft from high-tech materials. The hull weighs a mere 54kg and the mast is now sealed so that the boat is far less likely to invert in a capsize, while the larger North Sails jib gives a useful boost to performance of all 3000's, Laser and Vandercraft. All types of 3000 race together as one class at six events per year, ..." Read review
22.04.2010

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