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  1. #21
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    Default Re: Dinghy for single handed river or estuary sailing

    Although smaller than you suggest, we have had both an Adventurer (10ft) dinghy and currently a Blue Peter (8ft). We have used them as a tender and have also taught the kids to sail in them in Chichester Harbour. Both are fibreglass, light (important if you are trailering) and relatively stable (you have to try very hard to capsize them). The Adventurer has a jib, the blue peter just a main and they are both sit in. Because they are older and not class dinghys they also tend to be cheaper to buy.

  2. #22
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    Default Re: Dinghy for single handed river or estuary sailing

    Quote Originally Posted by Seajet View Post
    Another inexpensive dinghy by my terms might be a 12'9" Miracle, very cheap now but wooden & bermudan rig so a long mast for trailing.
    Miracle Dinghy masts are Aluminium and 2 piece which bolt together so lie inside the dinghy for transport. There is one on e bay at the moment with photos. A couple of feet longer than a mirror so more stable and a simpler bermudan rig for single handed sailing.

    Pete
    Last edited by Pete7; 19-06-17 at 12:22.
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  3. #23
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    Default Re: Dinghy for single handed river or estuary sailing

    I would suggest weight is a big factor. If you get a big heavy dinghy it will be a struggle to launch and recover and you will then think twice about going for a sail as it will be lots of hard work and hassle. We have an old Otter dinghy for this sort of sailing and its perfect, easy for one person to launch but room for 3 sailing, more if outboarding. GRP so won't rot and a bit faster than a Heron or a Mirror, it also has a proper centerboard not a dagger-plate. They come with gunter or a bermuden rigs, we rigged a Cadet spinnaker for a bit more speed down-wind.

  4. #24
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    Default Re: Dinghy for single handed river or estuary sailing

    Many thanks for all the great suggestions and advice. No boat does everything and although I have a very sound Sabre 27 for cruising I'd like a little day boat for idling away the odd day going with the tide. However, in 40+ years on the water I have never sailed anything smaller than 22' weighing a couple of tons and at my age I have an aversion to being dumped in the water! I may well have a wander down to Keyhaven, which I have sailed to and know and like, and have a look at the scows

  5. #25
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    Default Re: Dinghy for single handed river or estuary sailing

    If down at Keyhaven you will see the Lymington and Yarmouth versions of the scows; further along at Seaview they have some pretty little clinker hulled scow-types too. They are often loath to sell them to owners who do not want to race them. I had a hybrid type of scow some years ago that was a delight to sail,launch and maintain.
    There is a Rosemary dinghy (only a few made) designed by a chap at Hillhead whose name I forget, but anothe contender if you see one.
    All the scows mentioned are between 10 and 13 foot, stable and seaworthy and great fun to race,or take grandchildren,sons and daughters for their first forays afloat.

    ianat182

  6. #26
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    Default Re: Dinghy for single handed river or estuary sailing

    Well we all love the dinghy we own or used to own, so all a bit subjective. I love my Lune Pilot. No Center plate, 75kgms of removable ballast in the keel. Standing lug with small jib, Unstayed mast, rigs in minutes but weighs a ton :-)

    Sails much better than it should.

    Interesting website The Lune Pilot, quick google will find it.

  7. #27
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    Default Re: Dinghy for single handed river or estuary sailing

    The good old Solo might be OK?
    Probably one of the cheaper options?
    http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Solo-Dingh...4AAOSw1~JZPu9F

  8. #28
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    Default Re: Dinghy for single handed river or estuary sailing

    Quote Originally Posted by Seajet View Post
    Not if the wind and tide are against him !

    I'd love to arrange a trial ( not exactly a race ) sail comparing a Mirror, Heron and a Drascombe, and if & when the Drascombe arrived, getting the boats up a slipway.

    Not sure why you think a 3/4 decked Heron with self bailing or easily draining & righted Mirror should be less capable in estuaries than a Drascombe which is basically a slow romantic looking open bucket, with swamping or capsizes not something one could laugh off and sail away from unlike the other boats; you could put tan sails on the Heron if that's a priority.

    As for the OP's lack of experience, well he should not go out of a harbour anyway without a couple of years under his belt.
    Why, if "wind & tide against him"?
    I had one some years ago & it made a perfect dinghy for the Solent. Could row it + fit a small outboard & sailed ok to windward. Also able to stand up whilst sailing & move safely around the boat, rather than worry about tipping over like many other dinghies. Try sailing one, you will be suprised at how good they are.

  9. #29
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    Default Re: Dinghy for single handed river or estuary sailing

    Quote Originally Posted by bobdoughty View Post
    Many thanks for all the great suggestions and advice. No boat does everything and although I have a very sound Sabre 27 for cruising I'd like a little day boat for idling away the odd day going with the tide. However, in 40+ years on the water I have never sailed anything smaller than 22' weighing a couple of tons and at my age I have an aversion to being dumped in the water! I may well have a wander down to Keyhaven, which I have sailed to and know and like, and have a look at the scows
    Plenty of scows down there, but most sail inside the river unless escorted with club safety boat, with occasional jaunt from Hawkers outside to Keyhaven entrance. If you want to get across to Yarmouth or Totland, you will need perfect conditions. I have owned a scow, Dabber, Kestrel, etc whilst sailing from Keyhaven & the Dabber was the handiest.

  10. #30
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    Default Re: Dinghy for single handed river or estuary sailing

    Quote Originally Posted by Boathook View Post
    As per a few others the Mirror would seem to fit the bill. There are many more other types so it is just a case of keeping an eye on adverts, etc.
    In the 1970s I had a small cruiser but also bought a Mirror as a boat I could carry around on the top of a car, load it and unload it singlehanded, and sail singlehanded in lots of different places. After a year I sold it but then missed it so much I bought another.

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