Single-handed sailing dinghies

29 companies | 64 products
Children's / instructional / standard

The White Dragon is a GRP trainingsboat, developed...

Regatta / standard / cat boat

Popular racing class for small adults, women and youth alike. The Laser...

Regatta / standard / cat boat

The next step after the Bug, Optimist or Pico. The Laser 4.7 features...

Regatta / standard / cat boat

A Sailing Icon The Sunfish is one of sailing’s best...

Regatta / cat boat

The Phantom has evoloved...

Regatta / cat boat

The Solution is a hiking singlehander...

Children's / regatta / standard

We have improved the 2015 boat after the feedback and testing we did at the World Championship The...

Children's sailing dinghy / single-handed / instructional / standard

Two versions are available : Traditional, single-bunt or double-bunt. Self-draining...

Regatta / standard / cat boat

The Byte, designed by Ian Bruce, is a high-performance singlehanded dinghy...

Regatta / standard / cat boat

The Class, with the assistance of the...

Regatta / skiff / asymmetric spinnaker

VIS is a fast newly designed single-handed dinghy with...

Regatta / skiff / cat boat

Hull designed by Phil Morrison and using the best materials...

Regatta / skiff / cat boat

Devoti Sailing, builders of a range of sailing dinghies, including their world...

Children's / regatta / standard

One-Design Class...

Instructional / standard / cat boat

UNO RACE - More power The Topaz UNO RACE has been designed for the more adventurous singlehanded sailor...

Regatta / recreational / standard

UNO RACE X - Pocket rocket The latest edition to the comprehensive stable of Topaz sailing system rigs....

Children's / instructional / standard

The Optimome is a school...

Children's / regatta / standard

The Fugu is an Erplast optimist which responds to the IODA rules. Erplast is...

Regatta / standard / cat boat

How young who start sail on optimist...

Foiling / cat boat / Moth

McDougall & McConaghy spent many years...

How to choose this product

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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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