The Optimist is the most popular sailboat for sailors under 16 years old and has become the world standard for introductory junior sailors. It is a one design class open to be built by different manufacturers. Governed by strict class rules, all authentic Optimist dinghies or IOD95s, are nearly identical. Optimists are raced at club, regional, national and world levels. The skills an Optimist fosters are directly applied to other classes. The Optimist features ease in launching, rigging and transport. It has three floatation bags that guarantee a buoyant self-rescuing boat.
We sell Optimists built by McLaughlin, LaserPerformance and Winner.
The world’s most popular adult racing class. Every Laser in the world is identical. The strict one-design class rules ensure this remains true, making it the sailor that wins the race, not the boat. The Laser is a challenging boat that rewards athleticism, subtle steering and trimming techniques, as well as tactical excellence. It is a single-handed Olympic class boat, also sailed at club, national and international levels.
Laser sailing is a community of sailors from all around the world who truly love to sail. 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 sailed the ultimate one-design - the Laser.
Popular racing class for small adults, women and youth.
The Laser Radial became a new Olympic class in 2008, based upon the same hull and equipment as the regular Laser. The combination of a 19% smaller sail and a shorter, more flexible mast create an excellent medium sized rig. Everything else is unchanged. The Laser Radial is raced at club, national and international levels.
Features the same hull as the Laser and Laser Radial, but with a smaller sail plan that is more manageable for lighter sailors. The Laser 4.7 is the fastest growing youth class worldwide, the next step into competitive single-handed sailing after the Optimist.
The Sunfish is the most popular recreational sailboat in history. Its classic design, unmatched stability and sailing ease are enjoyed by all ages. Owners appreciate the lightweight hull, which easily cartoppable. The ultra-durable construction ensures years of maintenance-free enjoyment. Sailing trips are a breeze, just load the Sunfish and go! It’s tough to find a used ‘Fish. Owners keep them. Can be sailed by youth as well as octogenarians, single or double-handed.
The Club 420 enables young sailors to learn teamwork, trapeze and spinnaker techniques that simply can't be learned in single-handed boats. Safe for beginning sailors and quick enough to keep collegiate All-Americans interested, sailors graduating from the Optimist class will find the C420 to be manageable and a lot of fun. Get a step ahead in team and fleet racing.
From the outset, the double-handed Vanguard 15 was designed to provide high performance in an extremely simple, comfortable and durable package. The Vanguard 15 class Association sanctions hundreds of events all over the nation. The Vanguard 15 is easy to lauch and transport. It has a self-bailing cockpit, recessed jib leads, Harken hardware, and a virtually indestructible one-piece non-tapered mast with external halyards.