Single-handed sailing dinghies

How to choose this product

A single-handed sailing dinghy is small, fast and has a retractable centerboard. It is often cat-rigged, with a mainsail and no jib.

Applications

Both individual enthusiasts and sailing clubs use these craft for recreation, training and racing. The best-known designs include the Optimist, the Finn and the Laser. These small boats usually can be trailered or placed on a car roof, making them easy to transport to vacation or racing venues.

Technologies

The hull is generally made of laminated polyester/fiberglass. Polyethylene, stronger but heavier, is sometimes used. Most masts are two-part to facilitate transport. There is either a retractable daggerboard in a case or a pivoting centerboard. The rudder also can be removed for easy launching and recovery. Some sail plans include a jib or a spinnaker.

How to choose

If you intend to race in one-design events, check with local clubs to find out which classes are most common in your area. Other factors include ease of rigging, transport and sailing in light of your experience and physical abilities.

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new LDC Racing Sailboats RS Aero
Skiff RS Aero - 4m    13' 1" LDC Racing Sailboats

The RS Aero is the product of three years of design and development, testing four different hull variations and numerous rig, foil and layout options – resulting in a boat that we are confident...

video LDC Racing Sailboats RS VAREO
Skiff asymmetric spinnaker RS VAREO - 4,25m    13' 11" LDC Racing Sailboats

The RS Vareo is the perfect adult single-hander for a wide range of abilities Great handling, fun and exciting downwind Ideal for sailors wanting to progress and race The RS Vareo is a spinnaker powered...

video LDC Racing Sailboats RS100
Skiff asymmetric spinnaker RS100 - 4,30m    14' 1" LDC Racing Sailboats

A stunning single hander with exhilarating performance and features that makes the performance widely attainable. The RS100 has been an incredible success since launch and is continuing to grow worldwide. The...

video LDC Racing Sailboats RS300
RS300 - 4,24m    13' 11" LDC Racing Sailboats

The original fast, responsive and challenging single-hander One of the fastest singlehanders with a cult following Sailboat of the Year 1998 Fast, responsive and challenging. The RS300 is a definitive...

video LDC Racing Sailboats RS600
Skiff single trapeze RS600 - 4,47m    14' 8" LDC Racing Sailboats

Stunning looks promise a performance to dream about Light, fast and challenging The rig control and reefing system make the excitement available to a wide range of sailors. The RS600 is a high performance...

video LDC Racing Sailboats RS700
Skiff asymmetric spinnaker single trapeze RS700 - 4,68m    15' 4" LDC Racing Sailboats

The RS700 – Quick, exciting and user friendly – the perfect combination Performance equalisation for sailors of all sizes Typically exciting and amazing RS events The RS700 is a super quick...

CNA Cantiere Nautico X 14'
Cat boat X 14' - 4,06m    13' 4" CNA Cantiere Nautico

Practicality is the main characteristic of the X14, easy to manage on land (only 60kg!), transportable on the roof top of any car. The mast (Spar) is collapsible for easy...

CNA Cantiere Nautico FLYING JUNIOR
Double-handed sailing dinghy (symmetric spinnaker, single trapeze) FLYING JUNIOR - 4,04m    13' 3" CNA Cantiere Nautico

A particularly technical boat with a glorious sailing class behind it which is presently detracting more and more sailing crews to this recent class of sailboat . Light weight,...

1 products MX Speed Dream
video MX Speed Dream mxNext
Skiff asymmetric spinnaker mxNext - 4,38m    14' 4" MX Speed Dream

PURE SPEED, ABSOLUTE INNOVATION mxNext is the...

2 products Devoti Sailing
new Devoti Sailing D-ZERO
Skiff D-ZERO - 4,30m    14' 1" Devoti Sailing

Devoti Sailing, builders of a range of sailing dinghies, including their world famous medal winning Finns, are delighted to announce the launch of the Devoti D-Zero. The D-Zero will be launched at the...

video Devoti Sailing D ONE
Skiff asymmetric spinnaker D ONE - 4,23m    13' 11" Devoti Sailing

Hull designed by Phil Morrison and using the best materials and technology available to provide a unique sailing experience, the Devoti-One is built using carbon fibre and foam, constructed in CNC moulds,...

2 products Topper
Topper TOPAZ UNO RACE PLUS
Cat boat TOPAZ UNO RACE PLUS - 3,85m    12' 8" Topper

UNO RACE - More power The Topaz UNO RACE has been designed for the more adventurous singlehanded sailor who demands that extra bit of performance. She is everything you want from a hiking singlehander....

Topper TOPAZ UNO RACE X
TOPAZ UNO RACE X - 3,85m    12' 8" Topper

UNO RACE X - Pocket rocket The latest edition to the comprehensive stable of Topaz sailing system rigs. The Topaz Race X adds a new and exciting option for singlehanded or two crew sailing. The power...

1 products Ovington
Ovington SOLUTION
Cat boat SOLUTION - 3,90m    12' 10" Ovington

The Solution was developed at the end of 2005 by Kevin Clark and Andrew Elliott for sailors who want a quality high performance single hander but are too light for the Phantom....

1 products Erplast
Erplast ZOOM 8
Cat boat ZOOM 8 - 2,65m    8' 8" Erplast

How young who start sail on optimist can go on with sailing? This is why we elaborate a modern dinghy in the lineage...

1 products Mackay Boats
Mackay Boats STARLING
Cat boat STARLING - 2,90m    9' 6" Mackay Boats

The Starling Class yacht is a one-man centreboard yacht that has been used to train most of New Zealand’s teenage yachtsmen over a period of three decades. Top America’s Cup sailor Russell...

2 products Nautivela
Nautivela VIS
Skiff asymmetric spinnaker single trapeze VIS - 4,50m    14' 9" Nautivela

VIS is a fast newly designed single-handed dinghy with gennaker. VIS has been presented to ISAF in March 2000 at the ISAF Evaluation Event for a future Olympic single-hander. The boat has been designed...

Nautivela ZZAP
Double-handed sailing dinghy (asymmetric spinnaker, single trapeze) ZZAP - 3,60m    11' 10" Nautivela

Zzap is a double-handed skiff with gennaker conceived by International Optimist coach, David Harte, to provide fast, fun racing for lighter youths of post Optimist age. Nautivela enthusiastically got...

new LDC Racing Sailboats RS AERO
Skiff RS AERO - 4m    13' 1" LDC Racing Sailboats

The RS Aero is the product of three years of design and development, testing four different hull variations and numerous rig, foil and layout options – resulting in a boat that we are confident...

video LDC Racing Sailboats RS VAREO
Skiff asymmetric spinnaker RS VAREO - 4,25m    13' 11" LDC Racing Sailboats

The perfect adult single-hander for a wide range of abilities Great handling, fun and exciting downwind Ideal for sailors wanting to progress and race Spinnaker powered single-hander that brings exciting...

video LDC Racing Sailboats RS 100
Skiff asymmetric spinnaker RS 100 - 4,30m    14' 1" LDC Racing Sailboats

2011 – Sailing World magazine’s overall Boat of the Year 2010 – Yachts & Yachting magazine’s Dinghy of the Year Stunning looks, exhilarating performance – The singlehander...

video LDC Racing Sailboats RS 300
RS 300 - 4,24m    13' 11" LDC Racing Sailboats

The original fast, responsive and challenging single-hander One of the fastest singlehanders with a cult following Sailboat of the Year 1998 Fast, responsive and challenging. The RS300 is a definitive...

video LDC Racing Sailboats RS 600
Skiff single trapeze RS 600 - 4,47m    14' 8" LDC Racing Sailboats

Stunning looks promise a performance to dream about Light, fast and challenging The rig control and reefing system make the excitement available to a wide range of...

video LDC Racing Sailboats RS 700
Skiff asymmetric spinnaker single trapeze RS 700 - 4,68m    15' 4" LDC Racing Sailboats

Quick, exciting and user friendly – the perfect combination Performance equalisation for sailors of all sizes Typically exciting and amazing RS events The RS700 is a super quick trapezed...

1 products Sail Extreme
Sail Extreme EX3
Cat boat EX3 - 3,10m    10' 2" Sail Extreme

The X3 sailing dinghy from Sail Extreme is an exciting sailing dinghy for those with novice to advanced...

Gehull centreboards BENJI 380 RR / RRS
Skiff BENJI 380 RR / RRS - 3,80m    12' 6" Gehull centreboards

Ultra modern, maximal ratio accessibility/performance, range of use (5-20 knots) Especially designed for the light planning as the formula boards, the...

video Gehull centreboards BENJI 380 IONIC / IONIC S
Skiff BENJI 380 IONIC / IONIC S - 3,80m    12' 6" Gehull centreboards

Designed for free ride, the Benji 380 ionic ensure on all terrains, a...

Qingdao Zou Inter Marine Co.,Ltd. SPLASH
Cat boat SPLASH - 3,55m    11' 8" Qingdao Zou Inter Marine Co.,Ltd.

Sailing the Splash will guarantee you optimal sailing pleasure. This modern racing boat is very safe and has great...

Bennett Yachting MUSTO SKIFF
Skiff asymmetric spinnaker single trapeze MUSTO SKIFF - 4,55m    14' 11" Bennett Yachting

Designed and developed with the following brief in mind – to produce an elegant yet simple dinghy...

2 products CL Sailboats
CL Sailboats STEALTH
Skiff asymmetric spinnaker STEALTH - 4,41m    14' 6" CL Sailboats

CL knows the timeless thrill of sailing, especially sailing fast. This is a thrill that continues to bring smiles to the faces of people both young and...

CL Sailboats CL CODE 40
Double-handed sailing dinghy (single trapeze) CL CODE 40 - 4m    13' 1" CL Sailboats

The Code 40 is crafted in Canada and is used by sail training groups from coast to coast. Featuring highest quality hand laid-up...

video Competition Composites Inc
Skiff - 3,35m    11' 0" Competition Composites Inc

11’ Skiff Moth Shrinkage. This is Phil’s project boat that...

Access Dinghies ACCESS 2.3 SINGLE
For disabled people ACCESS 2.3 SINGLE - 2,30m    7' 7" Access Dinghies

The Access 2.3 Single with its comfortable seat, joystick steering, single mainsheet control and amazing maneuverability has to be easiest boat...

Access Dinghies ACCESS 2.3 WIDE
For disabled people ACCESS 2.3 WIDE - 2,30m    7' 7" Access Dinghies

The Access 2.3 Wide can be sailed sedately by two average sized adults, or as a sporty little racer by a single sailor. As with the 2.3 Single, the sailor’s weight...

video Access Dinghies SKUD18
Double-handed sailing dinghy : skiff (for disabled people, asymmetric spinnaker, single trapeze) SKUD18 - 5,80m    19' 0" Access Dinghies

The SKUD18 is the result of collaboration between Access Sailing’s Chris Mitchell and B&B Technology and Innovation - Julian Bethwaite and Martin Billoch. By combining Mitchell’s unique understanding...

video Laser Performance LASER VAGO
Double-handed sailing dinghy (asymmetric spinnaker, single trapeze) LASER VAGO - 4,20m    13' 9" Laser Performance

One of the most versatile and stylish boats of its kind on the market. The Laser Vago has a unique modern design for singlehanded trapezing up and downwind. Laser Vago The...

1 products 2win
2win L'EQUIPE
Double-handed sailing dinghy (symmetric spinnaker, single trapeze) L'EQUIPE - 3,90m    12' 10" 2win

L’EQUIPE, the leading sports daily, and Marc LAURENT, French national sailing coach, came up with the best possible answer to the FFVoile Federation’s needs with a dinghy that brings together all the...

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