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    Posted: 22 Mar 23 at 3:37pm
Hi All!

I'm new to the forum but a long time reader of Y&Y mag. Yes, the old paper one!

My family and I live aboard a sailing cat full time. We have a nice RIB as our tender which hangs on davits off the aft beam and is used as the family car, but I've been looking for something that the kids can learn to sail and row in. On my shortlist is a Fatty Knees, Gig Harbour Defiance (probably may favourite, but very hard to come by in Europe) and recently, a Fusion. I like the Bic Open for the kids but too small for adults and not a rowing boat. I'd love to hear your ideas on what could work. So far a Fusion seems to tick all the boxes.

Thanks,

Mike

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Mirror, rows really well, lightweight.
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Originally posted by 423zero

Mirror, rows really well, lightweight.
Indeed, if I recall correctly the various Mirror kits my Dad and I built back in the day came with rowlocks included !
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Again, Id suggest a Mirror dinghy.
There is a GRP option as well as the classic wood.

There are two options for rig, bermudan of gunter lug. In the latter case the spars will fit inside the hull - rather than having a tall mast to stow.
If you do decide to get one, I'd suggest making a "dummy daggerboard" - just the capping strips around a short length of ply. Insert this into the daggerboard slot when rowing.
This solves the problem of rowing over waves and having cold water straight upwards!

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Post Options Post Options   Quote Old bloke Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 24 Mar 23 at 8:48am
While the Mirror would do the sailing,rowing,motoring really well,I think it would have to be a Very big catamaran to act as mothership/dinghy Park. Maybe a folding or inflatable boat , such as a seahopper,would be more practical.
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My initial thoughts would be the same but the Fusion and Defiance are both 12' boats and weigh roughly the same as a Mirror so, presumably, the OP is looking at something around that size.

Edited by Sam.Spoons - 24 Mar 23 at 12:29pm
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