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Had a look for Albacores... not exactly what I'd call value for money, best part of 12 grand (Pinnel & Bax)for a tin masted twin sail and sails that look like dacron and not that sophisticated selling for over 800 quid, and it's advertised as a beginner/entry level boat.

It says it's a 'National Class' is that why the price hike? I mean you couldn't exactly call it a premium product, makes even the ROLY POLY 200 seem a bargain..

But thanks for pointing out the systems, if ever we get a chance to go to an actual dinghy show ever again I'll have a look, if I'm spared that is, 2nd lethal injection today.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote davidyacht Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 20 Apr 21 at 12:07pm
In fairness to the Applecore it might soon see a spike in popularity for the ageing demographic that places simplicity of rig, ability to carry weight and not moulded in polyethylene high on their criteria.  Not so mobile around the boatpark ... but at least there are two of you.  Not sure that this group are too price sensitive.



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Post Options Post Options   Quote Sam.Spoons Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 20 Apr 21 at 2:15pm
Not all progress is actually progress, super light boats are less stable and less forgiving to sail, super fast boats don't suit small inland waters (yes you can sail them inland but it's far from ideal). Some of those '50s/'60s designs like the Albacore and Enterprise were right from day one and much better suited to the lakes many of us sail on than more extreme boats. The RS200/400 are a success because they is not too light, radical or challenging to sail.

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Post Options Post Options   Quote patj Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 21 Apr 21 at 12:32pm
Since the Albacore is a one design hull that can be fitted out much as you like, there are plenty of good older boats around at a lot lower prices than your 12K
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