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    Posted: 29 Mar 12 at 1:34pm
Hello to you all,
My search is narrowing down to a wanderer or a gull sailing dinghy. Again im looking for a dinghy to singlehand mostly and occasionally with two, on the sea on the southwest coast of ireland. I will be inside the harbour mouth mostly but even then our average wind speeds tend to be quite high. My question now is a wanderer to big to sail singlehanded or move about on beaches/slipways. (Im 60 kgs) Is the gull too small or just perfect?
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If it were me, I'd go for the Gull, but a Wanderer would increase your cruising range, at the price of being harder to handle alone, both on and off the water. They aren't light boats, Wanderers.
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One caveat would be performance. If you're able to plan your journeys and take advantage of the tide then its not an issue, but slogging in against a strong tide might be less of a struggle in a Wanderer. But on the whole I reckon for the job described I'd look at a Gull out of the two.
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Yep, Gull for the smaller solo sailor.
the same, but different...

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At your weight I'd recommend the Gull.
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Gull it is then. Thankyou for all the advice, time to go get one now. Will let ye know how i get on.
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How did you get on with the Gull? I too am thinking of a Wanderer of a Gull and at the moment favoring the Gull. Does any one know how stable the Mark 3 is compared to Gull Spirit as it has a rounded hull. Any further comments on stability of Gulls generally would help. I am wanting stability over speed. 
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having sailed both of these a few years ago, the gull is a nice little boat - the wanderer (or at least the one I sailed was pretty horrid. 

The gull is a nicer boat to sail than the mirror which I would think would be its obvious competitor. 
The wanderer is inferior to the miracle, which would be of a similar size I guess
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Thanks Sawman.  This is helpful as the Mirror was something I thought about but only if I found a rare GRP one. 

In what way was the Gull nicer than the Wanderer? Was the Gull you sailed a Mark 3 or other? I'm still curious about the stability of a round hull as opposed to the chined hull of  the other variants.
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Marlin, I think it was one of the Anglo marine built gulls, not sure what that makes it, I sailed it on the Broads, so cant really comment on stability but it felt fine to me. Its a nice responsive little boat, and feels more like a proper boat than the mirror. 

The wanderer I sailed felt heavy, and awkward compared to the Mk1 Kestrel I was sailing routinely at the time. I did only sail it the one day, in very little breeze, which maybe wasnt helpful to it!
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