…but where do you buy?
We had a nice turnout for our ‘Try before you buy’ session yesterday (Saturday) and, hopefully, we answered a few questions about boat suggestions, what type of boat to look for depending on what kind of sailing you’d like to do and some general questions about dinghy sailing in general.
Thanks to those that came over to take a look and big thanks to those that not only displayed their boats but also let people take trial sails out on the water to get a feel for the various different craft.
It was definitely a worthwhile initiative and certainly seemed to help those thinking of buying their first boat.
You’ll probably now have even more questions that you’ve thought of, so don’t hesitate to ask us whatever you now have rattling through your mind and we’ll try to answer and help.
One thing, though, is: “Where do I go to find boats for sale?”
Well, apart from if people have boats for sale at the club (If you do have a boat for sale, let us know and we can get a post up on here for you) the first port of call online is probably going to be here: Apollo Duck
Here you’ll find dinghies from dozens of classes, all the way from starter level right up to multi-thousand pound speed machines.
Again, if you need help with understanding which class is which, or which one might be right for you then just ask (Though if you’ve just completed your level one then perhaps the ‘International Moth’ section should be avoided – I speak from experience! 😀 )
Also, if you’re fairly sure of which class you’d like to check out, there is likely to be a class website and/or Facebook page where you’ll find owners discussions, hints and tips and, probably, boats for sale.
Don’t forget that if you do make a purchase, you’ll need to insure your boat to be able to use/store it at MPSC. Companies such as GJW Direct , Noble Marine , Insurance 4 Dinghies , Newton Crum and Bishop Skinner all offer cover, so check them all out, check the policy cover and get insured. One tip? – look for ‘New for old’ on items such as sails and spars (Mast/boom). Whilst these policies tend to be a bit more expensive, it also means that the (possibly) most expensive parts of your craft will be covered for replacement. Particularly good when you start looking at the cost of new masts!
Hopefully we managed to help you and, fingers crossed, you were inspired to begin the process of finding your own boat.
We may well do it again if people would like to check out more dinghies (We actually have loads of different classes at MPSC) so just drop us a line or speak to myself (Lee) or Dave Crosby (Commodore) and we’ll see if we can sort another session.
It was great talking to people though and seeing the enthusiasm that our newest sailors have for the sport, so thanks for coming along – even if we did get a bit wet in those rainbursts!