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Post Options Post Options   Quote sinkingfeeling Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 19 Oct 10 at 6:27pm
Does anyone know where I can buy a Miracle? Are they still available as kits? How about in GRP/Fibreglass?
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Post Options Post Options   Quote winging it Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 19 Oct 10 at 7:31pm
appatently most of the older grp ones are very heavy and should be avoided.  Wooden ones come up on apollo duck pretty often.

http://sailingdinghies.apolloduck.co.uk/listings.phtml?cid=146
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There's a wooden one on ebay at the moment with a fairly new set of sails.
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Dave Butler at Butler Boats builds them and may know about kits. Give him a call, he is very friendly and helpful

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Originally posted by sinkingfeeling

I started sailing this summer have passed my RYA level 2 in early September. I've really enjoyed it so far and wish I'd taken it up years ago!

I'd really appreciate some advice on a dinghy I can single handed but that I could also sail with crew and possibly take my 7 year old daughter out for a sail.

I sailed a pico a few times and found it quite uncomfortable and pretty excruciating on my knees, particularly the next day.

I'm a fairly fit 42 year old man who goes mountain biking three times a week.

I'm happy being out on the water and so racing isn't really part of the equation yet. I like the look of the more classic boats; timber decks etc.

I hope you can help!



I think a Heron would be a good boat for you. A timber framed one is about as classic as you can get. They're very stable and even a relative novice such as yourself will be able to sail it single-handed. Plus if your daughter comes out with you then she'll have her own sail to control rather than having to just sit there possibly getting bored like she would in a single-hander.
Best wishes from deep in the woods

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Post Options Post Options   Quote Wrighty Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 28 Oct 10 at 9:19pm
 I think if you like sailing then you might need to go backwards to go forwards, with a seven year old you need to start in the spring, It might be a good if you could sail at a club with lots of other children, the going backwards part is spending more time getting you daughter some friends at the club, she can then sail  Optimist with all the other children as well as with you, Once your daughter looks forward to going to the club to see her friends then your sailing over the years will be much better.
  As for a boat, the 420 had a rig for single handed, a  rig with a jib, and aslo a trapeze if you get board.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote doeywizard Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 25 Nov 10 at 6:30pm
if it was a single hander what you want then a solo or streaker but if you want a multihander then there is enterprize (but you cant sail that single handed) if your daughter wants to sail then I would advise getting competative in a single hander (but that might just be me). 
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Considor a GP14

Cheap as chips
Lots have varnished decks
Classic styling
Dead stable
Low running costs
Designed for family sailing
Racing at all levels
Cruising at all levels
Very popular lots of clubs
at home in Tidal water
Often fitted with reefing
Standard boat with cheap standard off the shelf fittings
easily maintainable at home
Active class association which fixes spares prices
Not too heavy
Jib or Genoa  (vital for young crew)
Choice of wood, GRP or FRP

Certainly works for me. My lad  is six and has just got the hang of steering and trying hard with the jib.

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Post Options Post Options   Quote JimC Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 25 Nov 10 at 8:16pm
GP14 - Not too heavy?? This is one of those statements that prospective buyers should evaluate for themselves at their own venue, because whilst doubtless its true for the person making the statement there are many who would find that its not true for themselves in their circumstances.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote kfz Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 25 Nov 10 at 10:05pm
Originally posted by JimC

GP14 - Not too heavy?? This is one of those statements that prospective buyers should evaluate for themselves at their own venue, because whilst doubtless its true for the person making the statement there are many who would find that its not true for themselves in their circumstances.


Yes absolutely

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