Boat Classes

These are some of the youth boats that you see in Nova Scotia. The Laser II has been left out because it has been replaced by the Club 420.  Also the prices are just a benchmark to compare the different boats, with the dollar changing prices are going up and down. 

Club 420

Twenty years ago Vanguard developed the Club 420 in response to the growing need for a more durable, high-performance, double-handed racing dinghy that could stand up to the rigors of club and collegiate programs. Ideal for crews ranging in size from 220-310 lbs. (this is only the ideal weight if the crew weighs more or less the boat can be adjusted), the Club 420 is manageable for sailors coming out of the Optimist class and enables young sailors to learn teamwork, trapeze, and spinnaker techniques. The stable, forgiving hull is built tough with reinforced fiberglass, high impact bumpers, and a simple, non-tapered rig. The Club 420 is simple and safe for beginning sailors and yet quick enough to keep collegiate All-Americans interested.

420silo.gifLOA: 13’9″

Beam: 5’5″

Sail Area: 110 sq. feet

Spinnaker Area: 95 sq. feet

Draft (board down): 3’2″

Rigged Weight: 260 lbs

Price for New: $
9,600.00 CDN


http://na.laserperformance.com/home

http://www.ps2000.ca/

http://www.club420.org/

Optimist

Designed for sailors weighing 50-120 lbs., the Optimist Dinghy has become the world standard for introductory junior trainers. Optimist sailors learn the essential steering and sail-trimming skills necessary to continue in the sport Opti-Silo.gifof sailing. It’s flat, stable hull provides an non-intimidating introduction to sailing; and, as young sailors progress, they can graduate to the Optimist racing circuit.

LOA:
7’7″

Beam: 3’7″

Sail Area: 35 sq. feet

Rigged Weight: 77 lbs

Price for New: $
3,900.00 CDN


http://na.laserperformance.com/home

http://www.ps2000.ca/

http://www.optiworld.org/

http://www.sail123.com/coda

 

CL ECHO 12

The ECHO is a fast, safe boat designed for exhilarating sailing. It is simple, light and easy to handle ashore and afloat. The boat can be rigged and ready to sail in minutes, yet it has all the equipment necessary to create a modern high performance sailboat. It can also be used for rowing or with a small outboard motor.
The ECHO fibreglass Hull and deck joint has been Plexus upgraded with a heavy duty rub rail. Positive foam buoyancy adds to the safety of the boat and the sails are high quality dacron with insignia, numbers, battens and sailbag.
The ECHO cockpit has ample room for up to four people and the rudder kicks up to allow easy off the beach sailing. A storage compartment for gear and accessories is provided under the foredeck. All fittings and lines are made from high quality marine materials.Specifications:

L.O.A : 11’10” 3.6 m

Beam : 4’11” 1.5 m

Draft :            d/b 2′ 61 cm

Draft :            4″ 10.2 cm

Weight : 140 Lbs,  63.5 kg

Sailarea: 92 sq.ft.,  8.6 sq.m

The ECHO fibreglass Hull and deck joint has been Plexus upgraded with a heavy duty rub rail. Positive foam buoyancy adds to the safety of the boat and the sails are high quality dacron with insignia, numbers, battens and sailbag.
The ECHO cockpit has ample room for up to four people and the rudder kicks up to allow easy off the beach sailing. A storage compartment for gear and accessories is provided under the foredeck. All fittings and lines are made from high quality marine materials.
BASE PRICE: $5,595.00 CDN
Standard Equipment

  • Mainsail and jib in dacron with insignia, numbers, battens and sailbag
  • Anodized aluminum mast (foam filled) and boom
  • Stainless steel rigging and fittings
  • Dacron braided sheets, boom-vang
  • Jib fairleads/cam cleats
  • Fiberglass daggerboard and pivoting rudderblade
  • Fiberglass thwart for maintenance free use.
    Popular Options
  • Spinnaker
  • Cover

Byte

The Byte is the 12-foot long dinghy designed for the single sailor in the
range between 90 and 160 lbs with the optimum all-round, all-weather weight for racing being 120 – 145 lbs. Ian Bruce put his 18 years of experience with the Laser into the development of the Byte. Just to name a couple of improvements:
the Byte has a zippered main that can be lowered at the dock without taking the mast out of the boat and a true traveler amidships that allows the boat to neatly de-power in higher wind conditions. The difference between the radial and the byte is that the boat was designed for the sail area, where the Laser Radial is a sail that is not designed for the size of the boat. This boat has a dedicated class following and is the ideal next step for students that have grown out of the Opti but are not heavy enough for a Laser, and some individuals never get heavy enough for a Laser. This is a proven (in sail training programs!), user friendly boat with all the sophistication of the modern one design sailing dinghy.  This class is for male and female.

Length: 12 ft

Beam: 4 ft. 3 in.

Sail area: 58 sq. ft.

Hull weight: 100 lbs.

Byte New Rig 

It’s the same boat, same fittings, same foils, same boom, and same controls. Just a state of the art, new, self depowering mast and sail in true skiff style. Designed by skiff guru Julian Bethwaite, designer of the 29er and 49er.  There is one, and only one, overriding reason to even consider replacing the present Olympic equipment. It is certainly not performance and definitely not the organization of the Class, both of which are superb – it is simply COST and there is to be absolute one-design to include spars, foils and sails with equipment supplied by the Class if Olympic. Plus the performance to be improved over the Byte with weight range of sailor to be broadened to the
maximum possible. That said the design brief called for a shot at a rig that could be more powerful than the Byte in light air where the Byte’s small sail plan puts it at a disadvantage, particularly in mixed fleets. Even though more powerful in light air, the rig should also be easier to hold up in heavy air to lower the weight of sailor who could handle the boat in a breeze.  This is the byte fleet is heading.

Price for New :  $5,000.00 CAN

http://www.ps2000.ca/index.htm

http://www.byteclass.org

 

Radial

The Laser Radial is the perfect boat for smaller single handed sailors and youth sailors who want to start sailing a Laser, but don’t quite have the size to handle it. The Radial uses a standard Laser hull and blades, but a smaller sail and a shorter bottom mast section. The boat has all the performance characteristics of a Laser with a less powerful sail plan.  All that is needed is a new lower mast and sail to make a Laser out of your Laser Radial.  

It uses a more flexible and slightly shorter lower mast together with a sail area 18% smaller than the Laser Standard.   The Laser Radial has a large following with national and international regattas and World Open &Youth Championships attracting as many countries and competitors as the Laser Standard Rig. While Laser is recognized internationally as a unique and sophisticated racing class, few sailboats are so simple to own. Rigging takes minutes, virtually no maintenance is required and the resale value is in a league of its own.  The class is mostly for females, but at regattas for younger sailors males are also allowed. 

Measurement below with Lasers

Laser

It’s no secret that many of the world’s top sailors perfected their skills in the Laser. Olympic Medalists, America’s Cup Helmsmen, and Collegiate All-Americans all raced the ultimate one-design. With over 170,000 boats constructed to date, the Laser is the Gold standard in single-handed, one-design sailing. The Laser, designed by Bruce Kirby, was built on the philosophy that the sailor wins the race, not the boat.
Every Laser in the world is identical. Strict class rules guarantee that it is the sailor, not the equipment, which makes the difference. Laser racing is a true test of skill.

Sail area:

– Full rig: 7.06m²

– Radial: 5.76m² (18% smaller than full rig)

– 4.7: 4.70m² (35% smaller than full rig)

Laser-Silo.gifHull: 59kg

Beam: 1.42m

Mast (complete)

Price for New: $
6,500.00 CDN


http://www.laserinternational.org/

http://www.laser.org/

29er

The 29er was introduced to get people into the pure excitement of Australian skiff sailing. The boat is smaller, simpler and less expensive than its bigger brother, the Olympic Class 49er. For example, the hull is polyester resin cored fiberglass instead of the costlier carbon fiber. The 29er’s wings are built-in, providing 5 ft 7 in. width without the complexity and expense of adjustable wings. Only the crew is on the trapeze. The rig design includes a carbon fiber tip on this aluminum mast which makes it easily unloads the top of the sail in gusts.  The vang, a tube on a sliding car, is mounted above the boom to leaving the cockpit wide open for the crew to scamper across.

The spinnaker and sprit-pole are launched and deployed simultaneously with one line which snuffs the spinnaker and retracts the pole when pulled in the opposite direction. Combine that with a self-tacking jib and boom led mainsheet and the 29er achieves a rig simplicity that allows the combined crew to concentrate on speed.

The 29er target weight for two is 265 to 310 lbs.

29er Specifications

Length:
14 ft. 5 in.

Beam: 5 ft. 7 in.

Depth: 4 ft (approx.)

Weight fully rigged with sails: 198 lbs.

Sail area: Main and Jib = 141.97 sq. ft.

Spinnaker = 181.15 sq. ft.

Price for New: $10,000.00

http://www.ps2000.ca/index.htm

http://www.29er.org/

http://www.29ernorthamerican.org/

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