Providing you are smart and shop around first.
Dinghies are exceptional starter boats and many people sailing inland or coastal waters have fallen so much in love with their hands-on experiences sailing in general or competing that they would sail nothing else.
Dinghies for children make outstanding training boats, backed with professional tuition they are what many boaters have ‘cut their teeth on’. As the youngsters develop in ability there are larger and better models that are great for competing, especially in a sailing club environment.
Beyond these excellent boats there are Lasers and Cruising dinghies for more advanced boating fans being built for speed or for steady cruising whilst taking in the view.
Buying new a Dinghy may cost around £1000 or $800, clearly there are many variations in prices across the sailing world, and many of us will buy pre-owned boats for less than that, however, the point is look before you leap.The same advice works for larger boats too, but ask yourself, if the boat that you want to buy is substantially lower in price than the market price, why?
Before buying any boat, buyers are advised to shop around. Search locally for the boat that you want. Not sure? Ask a friend – a trusted friend who knows his/her boats. Take run down to a local Marina or Sailing Club and ask around, this is a resource that has many experienced members and visitors who will know their boats and will be happy to help.
Professionally run Sailing Clubs also know their boats, they use training boats, but as keen boaters will know their boats and be experts in technical and all relevant knowledge.As we have recommended in earlier newsletter reports, do buy from genuine suppliers knowing that you can go back and speak with the seller face to face if there is a problem.
The UK and Europe, as with many other countries, enforce legal commitments for commercial sellers requiring them to honour buyers’ legal rights to a fair purchase and redress if there is mis-selling. Warranties are usually only for the manufactured quality and will not cover your negligence or fair wear and tear, however be advised that second hand boats from a dealer may not have a warranty and private transactions do not imply any commitment on the seller, in short if it sinks a privates seller will not have any liability – unless you can prove that the boat was known to be unfit for use, in retrospect would a court agree with you or say you should have known better?
Caveat emptor – buyer beware – always check what you are buying is fit for purpose.
Boats vary in price as do most commodities, we recommend that potential buyers shop around, do your homework, research the market locally and Nationally – Internationally is easy thanks to the Internet. Especially folks buying for their youngsters seek advice, see the boat in the water, look in every compartment, pull the sails out where you can inspect them, have the hull checked – look for newly painted areas and make sure they are not covering holes etc., check the outboard is working and double check for fuel leaks, be a pain in the rear and take nothing for granted as though your life – or your kids lives depended on it!
A thousand Dollars or Pounds Sterling or Euros is worth every penny or pfennig or cent if your purchase allows you and yours to live your lives in the fresh air whilst having a ball in safety. Sailing is a transferable skill, wherever you travel in the World you can sail. For young people sailing is a valuable asset in building discipline, growing confidence and preparing for adult life, with the added bonus of making great friendships made along the way.
Always undertake professionally run sail training before setting sail, you know it makes good sense.
Sail safe and enjoy!