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    Posted: 23 Feb 09 at 1:56pm
I am a very light 13 year old (40 kg to be exact) and am not sure what boat to buy.
I live in germany and we dont have very many classes over here so I was wondering if i Should get an English class or a not very good german class. (by the way optimist is not a choice)
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The Topper.

Fantastic class, right weight range and loads available over here. If there aren't any in German, a quick trip over on the tunnel, throw it on a car roof and drive back.

The Laser 4.7 would be a handful. Another boat could be a Laser Pico, but I think you'd have more fun in a Topper.

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You may not find that the English boats are that well suited to your sailing conditions anyway... If you were in Britain I'd recommend a Topper, but you really don't want to be the only person in your area with one. Apart from anything else you'll probably onmly want to keep a boat a couple of years, and if you get some obscure english class the chances of selling it are low...

If you're in Northern Germany I think I saw an press release saying the Danes are buying lots of RS Fevas, which are nice two handers for your sort of agegroup, so there would be a market for them over the border at least. They're also getting the RS Tera singlhander, which looks a bit less of a packing case than the Optimist, but I don't know a lot about them.

Other than that diffcult to say: there's the nasty Laser 4.7, which is a big lump to pull around the dinghy park if you're 40kg...
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ive sailed toppers in england and they were pretty fun but where i live there is almost no wind and so i want a good boat that goes like a rocket in low wind.
Ive sailed laser 2s they are pretty fun but it is about 10 years old.
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yh the best boat for a 13 year old like yourself

is  either a laser pico, topper

depends on how much sailing experience you've had

laser for the more experienced.

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thanks ill mabe go for the topper but then I wont get to race it
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Post Options Post Options   Quote stuarthop Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 23 Feb 09 at 3:26pm
sorry, but it has to be an optimist. best boat fro your age and weight, can learn a hell of a lot sailing them and they're a very close and tactical class to race
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Best bet for you is the 'Splash' or Optimist.

link to splash uk website

link to worldwide website

link to splash global distributors list

link to German splash association

far superior to toppers, pico's etc

Splash is built in Holland and is a very very big class in Europe.
Optimist... well it's huge everywhere.

link to Optimist global website


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Post Options Post Options   Quote coleyy Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 23 Feb 09 at 5:12pm
aha but from a 14 year old like myself i have sailed optimists but they are jus to small even for myself, topper is easier to rigg, and the topper are easier to tack and gybe trust me if your lucking for a first boat topper much better than an optimist and cheaper, you can pick a second hand one for about £350, my friend is selling one race spec to.

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Remind me again how oppies are difficult to rig, tack or gybe?
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