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Old 06-26-2016, 09:04 PM   #21
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You might try a Minto. It's a 9' dingy with a single sail, and dagger board. It's a great rower. They are now made new by Rich Passage Minto Sailing Dinghy.
I had a used one years ago as a rowing dingy.
John Booth in Victoria makes them too. Well built and affordable. I keep telling him he need to raise his prices. Of course we already have one of his dinghies. ...

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Old 06-26-2016, 10:42 PM   #22
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Gig Harbor Boat Works has some nice ones like the 17' Jersey Skiff;

17′ Jersey Skiff | Gig Harbor Boat Works

...or the 12' Point Defiance;

http://www.ghboats.com/boats/boats-1...oint-defiance/
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Old 06-26-2016, 10:50 PM   #23
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There are hundreds of great sailing dinghies around. Some of my favorites:
Minto
C-Lark
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Laser

However, I wouldn't recommend the Minto or C-Lark because you are unlikely to find them in your region. Since I didn't grow up sailing in NY, I don't know the popular designs in your area.

Just like a trawler, you really need to carefully pick your boat based in its use.
Do you want to row it?
Do you want to stick a small outboard on it?
Do you want to only single hand it or do you want to be able to take 1 or 2 folks along with you?
Trailerable or cartop?

If you want a sailboat that you can sail with 1 or 2 other folks, get a boat in the 14-16' range.

If you want to solo it, look at a Laser if you don't mind getting wet, or get something like the Minto that sails well, rows great, and even tows well behind a bigger boat. When I was a kid, most of the power boat owners used Mintos as their dinghy in my area. They were made locally, rowed fantastic, and sailed well for those so inclined. I am sure there is something similar around you.

I would try to find a place where sailors hang out (check a bar within walking distance of the water) and ask around. Someone will know someone who has an unused sailboat gathering dust somewhere you can buy cheap.
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Old 06-26-2016, 10:52 PM   #24
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Gig Harbor Boat Works has some nice ones like the 17' Jersey Skiff;

17′ Jersey Skiff | Gig Harbor Boat Works

...or the 12' Point Defiance;

12′ Point Defiance | Gig Harbor Boat Works
Great boats, not inexpensive, but well made and perform well. They are made a 1/4 mile from my marina.
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I'm teaching myself to sail in this Hunter 17. Good availabilty used, many with outboards. Having a motor for launch and landing is a big help when you're making it up as you go.
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Old 06-27-2016, 12:18 AM   #26
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Get something you can also use as a tender for the next boat. A friend had the sailing version of a Walker Bay, it didn`t point too well but he had a lot of fun before he sold it, it towed nicely behind his Resort/Cuddles35.
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Old 06-27-2016, 09:29 PM   #27
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Gig Harbor Boat Works has some nice ones like the 17' Jersey Skiff;

17′ Jersey Skiff | Gig Harbor Boat Works

...or the 12' Point Defiance;

12′ Point Defiance | Gig Harbor Boat Works
Oh baby, those Gig Harbors are gorgeous. That Jersey Skiff looks just like the vague, blurry picture I had in my head when I came up with this harebrained scheme. Quite a lot more expensive than I was hoping for, though.

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...Having a motor for launch and landing is a big help when you're making it up as you go.
I was thinking the same thing.

Thanks for all the input, everyone!
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Old 06-28-2016, 12:19 AM   #28
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Even sixty-year-olds enjoy rowing.

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Old 06-28-2016, 05:18 AM   #29
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Just a thought... If you are boatless and handy you might consider building a Shellback. You can find plans and kits at a Woodenboat. They are really fun to build, not too difficult to maintain, a blast to sail, easy to row and take a small outboard well. I built a Nutshell years ago and the mistake I made was in building the smallest design the 8' model. It is too small for my 215 pound 6'3" body! It is about perfect for my 5' tall wife though... Make no mistake, the larger Shellback is a much better sailing boat than the Nutshell too.

Shellback Dinghy

After cruising with ours for about 5 years we replaced it with one of these, one of the best designed, commercially available hard dinghy designs made. The Trinka 10.
It sails like a witch, tows beautifully, rows well and does fine with a little outboard. Nicest dinghy I've ever seen! Not cheap new but you can sometimes find a used sailing version reasonably...

The Trinka 10

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Old 06-28-2016, 07:37 AM   #30
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I think that's a cool plan. I recently bought a crappy old Hobie 16 that I like to tear around on. Problem with the Hobie is it's kind of a bitch to set up. Need help to do it.

Wonder how well a sailing dingy actually sails?
Hard to set up? I'm 69 years old and I can still set a 16 up in less than a half hour! That said a cat sails quite different from a monohull. And a good sailing small mono hull sails quite different from a dinghy. An inexpensive Laser will sail circles around most dinghys. Find a small boat club and mooch a few rides on different boats. One question is whether or not you mind getting wet! Most small sailboats are not dry!
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Old 06-28-2016, 07:40 AM   #31
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Posted a while ago but the 12.5 ft Dyer Dhow in the For Sale section might fit on many boats .

It can be powered , rowed or is a great very stable sailing boat.

DYER DHOW 12.5 ft

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Old 06-28-2016, 07:50 AM   #32
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My Great Harbor 10 sails very nicely and rows like a dream. I don't know if they are being made any more though.
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Old 06-28-2016, 08:03 AM   #33
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I was at a resort in Florida that had an "Escape" plastic sailboat for the guests. I seemed to be the only one interested in it so I was on it everyday for a week.

The "hull" is made of plastic (like a Tonka toy). It's very light and unsinkable. There is only one mast and a boom that is not attached to the mast but to the hull. It can be setup in a moment and in the water in the next moment.

If you can image a 'sailfish' type of sailboat made of a plastic banana with a very adjustable but easy to setup sail. It seemed easy to sail if you wanted it that way or fast and furious if that's what you wanted.

We were actually in Florida to go to Disney World but I had the "E" ticket ride back at the condo.
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Hard to set up? I'm 69 years old and I can still set a 16 up in less than a half hour! That said a cat sails quite different from a monohull. And a good sailing small mono hull sails quite different from a dinghy. An inexpensive Laser will sail circles around most dinghys. Find a small boat club and mooch a few rides on different boats. One question is whether or not you mind getting wet! Most small sailboats are not dry!

Well I'm obviously doing it wrong. You're the second one to tell me that now.

How are you stepping the mast? I'm launching the boat off the trailer so stepping the mast while it is on the trailer.
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Well I'm obviously doing it wrong. You're the second one to tell me that now.

How are you stepping the mast? I'm launching the boat off the trailer so stepping the mast while it is on the trailer.

It's been a while since I sailed my Hobie16, but it wasn't that hard to rig. If you have the standard wire forestay, swap it out for what used to be called the "Aussie Rig" which was a 3:1 block system with line that allowed us easily raise the mast. It also made it much easier to adjust forestay tension underway.

As far as sailing dinks, I have a Walker Bay 8' with the standard sail kit, and it's a dog. They make a high performance kit which might be better, but mine sails like a pig. It rows like a dream though.
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Yup and the sails are probably tanbark .
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I like that traditional Dyer Dhow. They are light weight. Hard chine makes them more stable that the round bilge dinghies. Their rounded bow means you do not have a sharp point hitting the boat. They are easy to set up . They row and tow well.
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Well they certainly would be under the Wayfarer administration!
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Old 07-15-2016, 09:41 AM   #40
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My fatty Knees with the sail rig, it's a bit tender but[IMG] [/IMG] great little boat.
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