The Hull Truth - Boating and Fishing Forum

Go Back   The Hull Truth - Boating and Fishing Forum > BOATING FORUMS > Dockside Chat
Search

Notices

Random Quote: so what you are saying is, its exactly the same but completly different......
Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Old 04-18-2011, 11:37 PM
  #1    
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Apr 2011
Location: Wickford, RI
Posts: 3
Default Best 1-2 man sailboat for RI?

Looking into getting a small sail boat that would be used for 1 and sometimes 2 people. I live in the Jamestown RI area and wondering what would be good for 170 pound guy to sail alone but have enough room for 2 people if I wished. I've had a sunfish and it was to small for 1 person. I'm thinking 420, but not sure as it might be too big for 1 person on the average day. Any ideas?
Canvasbacks is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-19-2011, 06:35 AM
  #2    
Admirals Club
 
Join Date: Dec 2003
Location: Bayville NJ
Posts: 431
Default

Unless you are very experienced, and a superb swimmer I can't recommend a dinghy for single handing. Gear failure, changes in the weather, and just plain mistakes can have very serious consequences. Research your local yacht clubs, some will be high dollar snob factories, but you may find one where the people just like to sail. It will probably be the one with the lowest fees and the worst building. Go to the wed night, and sunday morning races, help out on the committee and safety boats. Be available if someone needs an extra crew member. After a few rescues you will see that most times turtled 420 or M scow needs a power boat to get her home. Martyd
hevysrf is offline   Reply With Quote
 
Old 04-19-2011, 09:54 AM
  #3    
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Jun 2010
Location: The left coast.
Posts: 1,886
Default

We've had four people in a Lido 14 during sailing classes. It's not very fast but very stable and easy to sail.

We bought a Vanguard 15 which is really a racing dinghy. It is very fast but a whole lot to handle! We eventually sold it because it was getting too hard to handle at our advanced age. The irony is that an older couple than us bought it! The husband had that gleam in his eye when he saw it and handed over the cash, even after warning him about how agile one needs to be to sail that thing!
__________________
PAU HANA
the good life is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-19-2011, 10:43 AM
  #4    
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Dec 2010
Location: Mid Atlantic
Posts: 107
Default

a lot depends on your experience, don't buy too much boat, hvysrf has a good idea for you, find where the races are in your area and go hang out at the docks, lots of times we were looking for 1 more crew and would ask onlookers if they wanted to go along, they will tell you where tos sit and what strings to pull, you'll quickly learn what works for you if you take some first steps to learn the boats in your area.
__________________
Cheapeake Bay & Mustique
Grady, Whaler, Pursuit
Cessna 182T Turbo Skylane
West of Horta is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-19-2011, 11:00 AM
  #5    
Senior MemberCaptains Club MemberPLEDGER
 
Join Date: Nov 2005
Location: NJ and MD
Posts: 7,706
Default

Older O'Days were very nice boats. They came in all sizes, from 16' or so and up. They were very popular in Long Island Sound, and still have a large following.
__________________
Stay hungry. Stay foolish.
t3rockhall is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-19-2011, 11:05 AM
  #6    
Senior MemberCaptains Club MemberPLEDGER
 
Join Date: May 2005
Posts: 6,195
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by Canvasbacks View Post
Looking into getting a small sail boat that would be used for 1 and sometimes 2 people. I live in the Jamestown RI area and wondering what would be good for 170 pound guy to sail alone but have enough room for 2 people if I wished. I've had a sunfish and it was to small for 1 person. I'm thinking 420, but not sure as it might be too big for 1 person on the average day. Any ideas?
Sure, plenty of ideas, but they depend on what you want to do. Are you looking for a casual day sailer or more of a sport boat for some racing?

Your options range from anything from a Capri 20 a J22 or 24 right down to any number of laser produced boats.

Also, what is your experience level? Some of the sport type boats can beat you up pretty good if you don't know what you are doing.
__________________
Move along, nothing to see here.
RI Builder is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-19-2011, 11:25 AM
  #7    
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Jan 2008
Location: Central Florida
Posts: 3,228
Default

Hobie Cat
__________________
--------------------------------------------------------
Ranger88 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-19-2011, 11:59 AM
  #8    
Senior MemberCaptains Club Member
 
Join Date: Sep 2001
Location: Somers Point NJ USA
Posts: 1,624
Default

Hobies give more fun for the dollar than almost anything else on the water, BUT it takes more than 170 lbs to right one when you flip it, trust me on this. Also notice I said WHEN, not IF.
__________________
Don
sr31aj is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-19-2011, 01:17 PM
  #9    
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Jun 2010
Location: The left coast.
Posts: 1,886
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by sr31aj View Post
BUT it takes more than 170 lbs to right one when you flip it, trust me on this. Also notice I said WHEN, not IF.
I actually turtled our Vanguard15 but was able to right it. Luckily all those years of good food finally paid off! One thing I would add is to get a small rope ladder for those occasions. I found it impossible to get back on the boat while treading water once it was upright. Luckily a bass boat nearby gave us a helping hand.
__________________
PAU HANA
the good life is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-19-2011, 02:38 PM
  #10    
Senior MemberCaptains Club Member
 
Join Date: Jul 2004
Location: South East Pa
Posts: 7,111
Default

Hunter 146, 15, 170 18

Catalina 14.2, 16.5

Flying Scot
__________________
God doesn't bother me, his fan clubs do.
A mind is like a parachute, it only works when its open

I pride myself on being incorrigible. I have a very hard time being told what to do.

http://www.dvgrr.org/
http://www.wish.org

Last edited by FASTFJR; 04-19-2011 at 04:57 PM.
FASTFJR is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-19-2011, 03:54 PM
  #11    
Senior MemberCaptains Club Member
 
slper's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2007
Location: Lakeland, Fl
Posts: 1,828
Default

You wanna haul ass? I grew up racing small blow boats up until my mid 20's. I can give a list of them. Some that are near and dear to me heart . It's a different kind of going fast and it was fun as hell.
__________________


"Reelentless"

2006 Hydra-Sports 2900 VX w250 Yammie 4 strokes
slper is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-19-2011, 06:01 PM
  #12    
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Apr 2011
Location: Wickford, RI
Posts: 3
Default

Thanks for all the info everyone. I've had 2 years sailing experience at a yacht club in Cape Cod racing optimistís and then raced a few 420's. (I was primarily the hiker as I loved being outside the boat) I loved the days when we would go off shore and get 3 foot waves over the bow when racing as I was hiked out. I'm currently 22 so I'm very agile as I've been a snowboard instructor for past 4 years now so thatís not a problem. I'm looking for more of a fast-paced-get-a-little-wet-don't-care-if-I-flip-it kind of boat. The sunfish was great but when I would go out with 2 people it became crammed very fast. I like the thought of laser as I hear theyíre very fast but correct me if Iím wrong in that they offer the same amount of room as a sunfish for capacity?
Canvasbacks is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-19-2011, 07:34 PM
  #13    
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Dec 2007
Location: Landlocked, Wi
Posts: 39,421
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by Canvasbacks View Post
I like the thought of Laser as I hear theyíre very fast but correct me if Iím wrong in that they offer the same amount of room as a Sunfish for capacity?
I've sail them both and there's NO comparison, Lasers rock.

I'm pretty sure the Laser would "feel" bigger than the Sunfish, wider beam and bigger footwell, check one out.


There's also a Laser 2






Check out this Laser Pico,

http://www.ctboatworks.com/boat_work...ico_boats.html




,
__________________
Any Port in a Storm!....currently seeking shelter.


Last edited by GhostShip; 04-19-2011 at 07:50 PM.
GhostShip is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-19-2011, 07:38 PM
  #14    
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Dec 2007
Location: Landlocked, Wi
Posts: 39,421
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by Canvasbacks View Post
The sunfish was great but when I would go out with 2 people it became crammed very fast.
Yep

__________________
Any Port in a Storm!....currently seeking shelter.

GhostShip is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-20-2011, 10:38 AM
  #15    
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Sep 2008
Location: Southern Shores of Lake Wheeler
Posts: 3,069
Default

Flying Scott
J22
Pearson Electra
__________________
Shad--

170 Million people have died implementing Karl Marx's ideas...

If you want a meaningful revolution, start with the 'journalists', then the lawyers.




Pursuit 2270 Kodiak Yam 225 SWS
Volvo Ocean Race boat Capn Gadget
shadco is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-20-2011, 06:35 PM
  #16    
Admirals Club
 
Join Date: Aug 2008
Location: Nantucket, MA
Posts: 138
Default

Laser all the way
Grout is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-20-2011, 07:38 PM
  #17    
Admirals Club
 
Join Date: Sep 2010
Location: Between Buzzards Bay and Narragansett Bay
Posts: 1,149
Default

Laser or J22 are good picks. Hey, why don't you think about joining the Apponaug Harbor Yacht Club? You can find us on facebook by searching for AHYC. You can also visit our web site which is www.ahyconline.com We are sooo poor that we don't even own a building. We meet at Apponaug Harbor Marina (http://www.apponaugmarina.com) and own a mooring at Potter's Cove off of Prudence Island. The membership fee is only $60 per year. For that, we have all sorts of events including a pig roast (with live band), hot dog roasts, international sausage festival, weekly sails on the bay, weekend cruises, Bristol July 4th fireworks cruise and a full racing schedule. If you're around, come on down to our fitting-out breakfast at the marina on May 7th and introduce yourself. We're a good bunch and we like to socialize and have fun.
auntiepaula is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-20-2011, 09:58 PM
  #18    
Admirals Club
 
Join Date: Dec 2010
Location: Pompano Beach, FL
Posts: 5,157
Default

I sailed Hobie 16's for 20 years..........Some of the best times of my life!
You'll sail circles around monohulls. They are very fast and can accomodate 1-3 people comfortably. You can get righting kits that will enable you to upright a flipped boat by yourself, for solo sailing. It's an awesome feeling being out on the trapeeze and " flying a hull"

__________________

Jus' Teasin'
1999 Pursuit 3000 Express
Jus Teasin is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-20-2011, 10:02 PM
  #19    
Admirals Club
 
Join Date: Dec 2010
Location: Pompano Beach, FL
Posts: 5,157
Default

One more
__________________

Jus' Teasin'
1999 Pursuit 3000 Express
Jus Teasin is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-21-2011, 07:58 AM
  #20    
Senior MemberCaptains Club Member
 
Join Date: Mar 2001
Location: MD/DC & IRI - 05 Southport 26 Honda 225s
Posts: 3,674
Default

I agree with the suggestions for a small Hobie.
Frank007 is offline   Reply With Quote
 
 
Reply

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off

 



©2009 TheHullTruth.com

Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.7.6
Copyright ©2000 - 2014, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
Search Engine Friendly URLs by vBSEO 3.2.0