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Old 06-12-2018, 01:03 PM   #1
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Default Renting or buying a sailing dinghy

I've been preparing for a year or so to buy a Laser or RS Aero or similar tiny single-handed sailing dinghy and sail it on the lake.

But before I pull the trigger...

The truth is, I don't want to own a dinghy. I've got a trailer but I come from far away and I'd rather not tow anything. I only come to the lake once or twice a year and I don't have a good place to store the dinghy off-season.

Last year I called every boat yard and sailing club I could think of to see if any of them rent dinghies, but no.

So before I buy one, I wanted to ask you fine people: Does anyone know where I can rent a single-handed sailing dinghy for use on Winnipesaukee? Or is there some other option that can save me from being a boat owner?

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Old 06-12-2018, 06:18 PM   #2
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Hmm, maybe an alternative is to make sure you rent a house on the water that includes a small sailboat as an amenity, and willing to let you use it. Alternatively find a friendly neighbor where you are staying who will let you use theirs.

They make wheel kits for Sunfish/Lasers that substitute for a trailer, but you're still towing an object. And the boats are kind of heavy (120-140 lbs) for today's car/SUV rooftops, unless you have a pickup with a cap and commercial-strength racks, or full-size SUV (like Suburban) and some strong helpers to hoist it up there.

Decades ago sunfish/sailfish rentals were common, but I think high breakage rates and lack of skill/interest killed that market. As a small boat sailor myself, I sympathize.
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Old 06-12-2018, 07:14 PM   #3
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Wolfeboro has a sailboat share program through the boat museum: https://www.wolfeboronh.us/parks-rec...haring-program


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Old 06-12-2018, 09:47 PM   #4
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More than a dinghy, but maybe worth a call.

http://faysboatyard.com/rentals/
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Old 06-12-2018, 09:55 PM   #5
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Yipes! That Aero is COOL! I had not seen one before. You're not going to find anything like that to rent on Winni.

So I'm hoping you'll buy one and sail it in Moultonborough Bay where I can cheer you on
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Old 06-13-2018, 05:25 AM   #6
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To my surprise, apparently even the Squam Lakes Sailing Association no longer rents out small sailboats. Maybe I'm incorrect on this, but their rental list shows kayaks, and canoes, but no sailboats. Believe they did rent out small sail boats last year?

No sail boat rentals on the big lake ........ oh well? There's the Corinthian Yacht Club in Wolfeboro, and the Winnipesaukee Sailing Club in Gilford? Believe that the Town of Meredith discontinued their youth sailing program that used to happen every summer in Meredith Bay.

I own like five junky, beater, repaired, old, craigslist small sail boats, from 9' to 11'10" to 11'11" to 14' to 16' ...... and have not got enough time to sail them all, so's maybe I should start up the FatLazyLess Sailing Club on Meredith Neck ........ ayuh? Plus, my neighbor has an incredible 32' Contessa-32 yacht that was sailed from England to Connecticut ...... it doesn't get sailed much at all, and just swings on its' mooring out front ...... a thoroughbred blue water sailor like that wants to be sailed......... it weighs 16,000-lbs ..... my little boats weigh about 150-lbs ....the 16'er is 500-lbs ..... .so's maybe we can start renting them all out ........ yikes and .......ho-ho-ho ...... sail ho! ......and three sheets to the wind!
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Old 06-13-2018, 08:35 AM   #7
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Thank you all for the encouraging and helpful replies!

Good point about finding a rental where the sailboat is included. That really would be the perfect solution.

If I remember correctly I called Fays and all those yacht clubs and sailing clubs last year, with no luck.

@FatLazyLess, it does sound like you could start your own club!
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Hmm, maybe an alternative is to make sure you rent a house on the water that includes a small sailboat as an amenity, and willing to let you use it. Alternatively find a friendly neighbor where you are staying who will let you use theirs.

They make wheel kits for Sunfish/Lasers that substitute for a trailer, but you're still towing an object. And the boats are kind of heavy (120-140 lbs) for today's car/SUV rooftops, unless you have a pickup with a cap and commercial-strength racks, or full-size SUV (like Suburban) and some strong helpers to hoist it up there.

Decades ago sunfish/sailfish rentals were common, but I think high breakage rates and lack of skill/interest killed that market. As a small boat sailor myself, I sympathize.
Idiotinakayak, send me a PM.

To the question of cottage + sailboat, a neighbor might have the answer for August-on!
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