Dinghies at London Boat Show


Despite the big boat emphasis there will be sailing dinghies at the show including some new designs
The London Boat Show opens tomorrow, 3 January and dinghies will be thin on the ground compared with the hundreds of yachts and motor cruisers to seen. But all is not lost for the dinghy sailor, the big three; Laser, Topper and LDC will have their established ranges on display and several dinghy manufacturers are using Britain's major marine industry shop window to introduce new boats. Spectrum in the single sail Una version Porter Brothers (stand 85D) have added a new multi role dinghy to their range. The Spectrum, from the board of the late Ian Proctor, will be available in both one and two-handed versions and will be shown alongside versions of their long running Wayfarer. Topper (88C) are another manufacturer with a new design on display the 2.95 metre Taz, based on the larger Topaz range, is aimed at youngsters entering the sport. The hull on display at the show will be a fibreglass prototype but the production version will be roto moulded polyethene to make it unsinkable and able to take knocks and scrapes, and any repairs are quickly carried out. The aim is 'simple and fun to sail'. With an Oppie-type 'sprit' rig all spars are kept short and light enough for ease of handling and combines with a sleeve luff and loose foot which eliminates all lacing to make rigging ultra simple. A range of sail options will be available to upgrade the performance as confidence is gained. Topper will also have examples of their best selling Topper singlehander and the Topaz, Buzz and Blaze dinghies. Catamaran specialist Don Findley will have the production version of the award winning Nacra F18 at stand 84B. Four of these new craft made their racing debut at the F18 Worlds in Poole Bay earlier this year with Darren Bundock and Eddie Pool taking one

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