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single-handed sailing dinghy / children's / instructional / catboat
single-handed sailing dinghy
BABY BOAT

Length: 2.3 m

... basics of sailing and achieve an early appreciation for that wonderful sensation of being transported by the wind. That fantastic feeling is what sailing is all about. C.N.A. Baby Boat is not a One - ...

single-handed sailing dinghy / recreational / instructional / catboat
single-handed sailing dinghy

Length: 2.3 m

... sailboat fans make an OPTIMIST their first sailboat. Many children achieved their blue dreams with it. More than 85% of Olympic champions started their training career with an OPTIMIST which is a very ...

single-handed sailing dinghy / children's / instructional / catboat
single-handed sailing dinghy
OPTILENE

Length: 2.35 m

... handles and rubrail offering a truly optimized functional design. Greater availability replying to an increasing demand in sailing classes, thanks to very minimal maintenance requirements including a high-density polyethylene ...

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Erplast
single-handed sailing dinghy / regatta / Optimist
single-handed sailing dinghy

Length: 2.36 m

The Optimist has come a long way since its development; to the strict one-design racing boat it is to the current day. For children up to 15, the international optimist provides the perfect starter boat ...

single-handed sailing dinghy / children's / regatta / catboat
single-handed sailing dinghy
DENMARK RACE

Length: 2.3 m

Through our obsession with details and strong focus on quality we have engineered the #1 optimist in the world for the last 40 years. Our philosophy is: The best materials and the best craftsmanship generate the best ...

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WINNER OPTIMIST
single-handed sailing dinghy / children's / regatta / catboat
single-handed sailing dinghy
OPTIMIST

Length: 2.3 m

Worldwide recognized as the best Class to introduce kids to the sport of sailing the Optimist is one of the most popular boats in the world. Competition after sailing school gets more ...

single-handed sailing dinghy / double-handed / instructional / catboat
single-handed sailing dinghy

Length: 2.3 m

... polyethylene Optimist, designed by Jo Richards. The SailQube is multi functional and suitable for both individual sailors and sailing schools at any level. For beginners this indestructible sailing ...

single-handed sailing dinghy / children's / regatta / catboat
single-handed sailing dinghy

Length: 2.3 m

The ASTRO Optimist, are the result of many years of experience* in sail competition, and in production* of technical composites, applied to build high-level hulls for the Optimist Class. We have two ...

How to choose this product

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An Optimist sailing dinghy can carry one or two persons. Its ease of rigging and transport makes it particularly suitable for young beginners.

Applications

Sailing schools the world over have almost universally chosen the Optimist as the learner's sailing craft par excellence.

Technologies

Optimists have an open, rectangular hull with a flat stem. The centerboard case is in the bow. Hulls for training and sailing schools are often polypropylene, a strong but relatively heavy material. Lighter, faster racing models are made of laminated fiberglass.

Optimists have sprit rigs, the simplest there is, comprising a mast, a trapezoidal sail, a sprit for sail tensioning and sometimes a boom. A rudder and retractable centerboard complete the gear. More complex, higher-performance rigging is available. Optimist class regulations govern dimensions and sail area.

How to choose

Many builders offer Optimists, whose design dates back to 1947. The International Optimist Dinghy Association (IODA) certifies the molds they use. Certified manufacturers must affix an IODA plaque to the vessel and engrave the hull number in several places on the boat. Quality varies, and non-certified copies can be found. Verify that class regulations are observed and favor an authorized manufacturer if your goal is racing.

Advantages

- Easy rigging and transportation
- Affordable

Disadvantages

- For children and youth only
- Limited speeds