The graduate is a fairly compact two-sailed dinghy. There have been several versions of this boat over the years.
Graduates are made in a range of materials, the earlier ones being wood, the later ones fibreglass.
Boat prices start at a few hundreds pounds for an older wooden boat.
Class association -www.graduatedinghy.com
A popular dinghy that is available in wood, fibreglass or a combination of the two. In recent years these have become very competitive at our sailing club because they are generously handicapped and are agile boats that suit reservoir sailing well. Older wooden boats are generally slower than modern fibreglass hulls. The sails are notable because they are ‘fully battened’, that is to say that the sail battens run right from the mast to the leach. This helps the sail keep its shape, particularly in light winds, but can be difficult to re-shape after a tack. Sails can be in conventional Dacron or modern laminate materials.
These can be fairly technical boats with controls led back to the helm via continuous line systems. Some people find them a little uncomfortable because of the large centreboard case that runs much of the length of the boat.
An older example might cost £1000 whilst a new boat is around £7,300.
Class association - www.solosailing.org.uk/index.asp
There are a number of small Comet single handers: Comet, Comet Mino, Comet Xtra, Comet Zero. The Zero is aimed at beginners, though all are similar in shape and size. The Xtra is designed for competition and has a composite sail. The sail area varies between models making some faster than others. All are made of fibreglass.
A Comet can be found for £300 up to around £5000 for a new one. The others are similarly priced.
Class association - www.cometsailing.org.uk/
A straightforward dingy that we use for training because they are easy and forgiving to sail and are very adaptable. They can have a two-sail setup, which you will be familiar with, or they can also have an asymmetric spinnaker (like an extra big jib on a pole extending from the front of the boat).
Trios are always made from fibreglass and are relatively easy to maintain, being essentially weatherproof. The mainsail is able to be reefed making it easier to sail in stronger winds. The furling jib is also a luxury item. If you want to take it on the sea, you can fit an outboard on the back by adding a motor pad.
Considered a safe and easy dinghy, but not a particularly modern design.
Second hand (not often available) they sell for around £3,500. New they are around £8,500.