Dinghy Sailing provides not only a physically and mentally challenging sport but can actually verge on a spiritual experience. Visiting seafarers may find interest in the pictures and information on the dinghies which I have sailed, like to sail and/or thought about sailing.
When a butterfly flaps its wings, the universe trembles.
However, I make no guarantees in this regard and I reserve the right to be wrong
on this or any other opinions expressed in these pages.
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The purpose of this page is to round up and summarize a number of dinghies that might be considered by others who (1) are in search of a small sailboat, (2) have similar Search Criteria and (3) wish to get an admittedly biased overview.
This site has been the first and only Unofficial Harpoon Sailboat WebPage for 20 years. Most of the material focused on the Boston Whaler Harpoon 5.2 as well as the Harpoon 4.6. As of Dec 2018 the Harpoon Pages will be hosted at a new URL.
I thought you'd have to be an olympic skiffer to have THAT kind of fun. WRONG! The MX-Ray is very approachable. I sailed this wonderful little rocket for 11 years until I let someone else take over this fun ride.
I first saw a Johnson 18 dinghy at the Annapolis Boat Show in 1998. At the time, the boat was being marketed by Catalina. The attractive Roger Martin design was unmistakeable and left me with the thought that one day I should be sailing this boat. This page should leave no doubt about it. In the summer of 2005 I came across an internet classified of a JN18 (hull #180) available within a day's drive at a reasonable price. By then Catalina had stopped marketing this design. Too bad! I sailed this wonderful boat for 11 years until I decided to build a glued-lapstrake dinghy called Ilur, designed by French Naval Architect Francois Vivier.
After a lengthy search for the ideal trailerable keelboat,
I made a choice. It
was a San Juan 21. Juan2bFree is a
SJ21 Mark II
and is in great condition. She is
faster than most boats her size other than the newly designed breed of sports boats. The SJ21 trailers and launches
exceedingly well and affords very reasonable interior space for weekend cruising that goes
beyond the scope of dinghy sailing.
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