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    Posted: 20 Feb 19 at 1:46pm
A very reasonably-priced Solo has just popped up a mile away from me - Iíve been looking for a class to get me back on the water after 4 years away and this seems appropriate - any Solo-specific tips or guidance, or general opinions?

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I am sure you will get a lot of opinions here, probably quite a few detractors.

However the Solo is a large class and has probably the greatest club presence second only to the Laser in the UK. 

There are loads of setup guides around for the boat and most of the Solo sailors I have met have been friendly and happy to help people. Do bear in mind though that if the boat is not one of the modern breed of FRP/Sandwich boats then it will never be fully competitive.

that said if you are just after a reasonable priced boat to get you back out there it could be the boat for you. Most sellers will be happy to sallow a trial sail should you wish.
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Agree with what Jeffers says, I'm not a Solo sailor myself but several of my friends are and they all say the same in that there is a discernible gap between the modern FRP/Sandwich boats and the rest of the fleet. Even older FRP boats can be quite expensive as a result. My friends have also told me that there are lots of different rig options and selecting the right rig for your weight is important. But I guess it all depends on how competitive you want to be. However I'm sure there will be people along with more knowledge of the Solo than me.
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If very reasonably priced means an old wood boat, check the floor and side decks for rot. If an old GRP boat, check the weight and the rigidity of the transom. If a more modern reasonably priced boat, and it looks good, go for it. Nice boats, stood the test of time.
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Originally posted by jeffers

I am sure you will get a lot of opinions here, probably quite a few detractors.

However the Solo is a large class and has probably the greatest club presence second only to the Laser in the UK. 

There are loads of setup guides around for the boat and most of the Solo sailors I have met have been friendly and happy to help people. Do bear in mind though that if the boat is not one of the modern breed of FRP/Sandwich boats then it will never be fully competitive.

that said if you are just after a reasonable priced boat to get you back out there it could be the boat for you. Most sellers will be happy to sallow a trial sail should you wish.


I'm only looking for something to thrash about the cans at my local club, will be a while before I head to the national circuit haha. A buzzing class is definitely a bonus.

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Agree with what Jeffers says, I'm not a Solo sailor myself but several of my friends are and they all say the same in that there is a discernible gap between the modern FRP/Sandwich boats and the rest of the fleet. Even older FRP boats can be quite expensive as a result. My friends have also told me that there are lots of different rig options and selecting the right rig for your weight is important. But I guess it all depends on how competitive you want to be. However I'm sure there will be people along with more knowledge of the Solo than me.


The boat I'm looking at is the GRP/wooden composite, a modern sandwich would be ideal but I don't have £6000 burning a hole in my pocket, I wish haha. It's definitely something I'll look into as I don't know a whole lot about the class, I was hoping they'd have a class association stand at Ally Pally but it doesn't look like they do, alas.

Originally posted by Rupert

If very reasonably priced means an old wood boat, check the floor and side decks for rot. If an old GRP boat, check the weight and the rigidity of the transom. If a more modern reasonably priced boat, and it looks good, go for it. Nice boats, stood the test of time.


I was attracted to it as it's composite rather than wooden, I'll certainly view it, but for the price I'm not expecting the most stunning boat, but hopefully sound enough


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National Solo Association have a stand at the Dinghy show, Main Hall go in turn Left.

Could be worth popping along and having a chat to someone on the stand.
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