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    Posted: 23 Mar 18 at 11:29am
I will try a few before purchasing. However, I am looking for a boat to potter and cruise in, not looking to go racing with. Just like to go for a nice sail and enjoy the open water
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If you are thinking about a Foxer do try before you buy.

A guy at our Club had one before he retired from sailing. I sailed it on a couple of occasions and personally found its sailing ability to be awful, particularly when attempting to go to windward.

I do accept they seem to be quite popular in certain quarters but following my experience I am struggling to see why.
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Looked at Apollo duck and they have a section for cruising dinghies. Not sure the Farr 3.7 counts.
There was a Cornish cobble that might fit the bill. Depends on your launching access, if you can use a car then it would be ideal. 
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I might have to get me one of those when my back finally gives out.......

I saw a couple of pics on that first link that looked as if the helm was leaning back. IIRC when I sailed an Oppie back in the mists of time (around 1964/5) sitting on the side was prohibited.....




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As I understand it no toe straps, you can perch on the side deck but not hike

This looks serious fun....
 




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Can't find the class rules BTW but are toe straps prohibited? Otherwise the keen guys will be hiking as hard as ever when the wind picks up........
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Post Options Post Options   Quote SUGmeister Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 21 Mar 18 at 11:02am
Originally posted by pij27

My back issue is two degenerating discs in the lower back, I always have a degree of discomfort and therefore try not too expose myself to to much shock loading. I have looked at dinghies and small yachts/keelboats and all look good. Although mainly through sitting in the boat and not perched on the edge. As such older designs of dinghies and keelboats/yachts look better for me. As such, looking for a club which uses these appears to be a problem. Think will have to look at discussing issues with local clubs and seeing if they can recommend a boat or if they will teach me the basics in a suitable boat after I have purchased one.

Maybe a Foxer?





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My back issue is two degenerating discs in the lower back, I always have a degree of discomfort and therefore try not too expose myself to to much shock loading. I have looked at dinghies and small yachts/keelboats and all look good. Although mainly through sitting in the boat and not perched on the edge. As such older designs of dinghies and keelboats/yachts look better for me. As such, looking for a club which uses these appears to be a problem. Think will have to look at discussing issues with local clubs and seeing if they can recommend a boat or if they will teach me the basics in a suitable boat after I have purchased one.
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I had to give up dinghy sailing in my mid-30s because of a prolapsed disc but years later I find I can now hike comfortably again provided I keep doing core strengthening and mobility exercises and avoid carrying weight - like Rupert, I have a dolly wheel on the trolley and wheels on the sailing bag.
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