Our Boats

Optimist (Opti)
Beginner Boats

Designed for sailors weighing 50-120 lbs., the Optimist Dinghy has become the world standard for introductory junior trainers. Optimist sailors learn the essential steering and sail-trimming skills necessary to continue in the sportof sailing. It’s flat, stable hull provides an non-intimidating introduction to sailing; and, as young sailors progress, they can graduate to the Vanguard 420.

LOA: 7’7″

Beam: 3’7″

Sail Area: 35 sq. feet

Rigged Weight: 77 lbs

Vanguard 420

Twenty years ago Vanguard developed the Club 420 in response to the growing need for a more durable, high-performance, double-handed racing dinghy that could stand up to the rigors of club and collegiate programs. Ideal for crews ranging in size from 220-310 lbs. (this is only the ideal weight if the crew weighs more or less the boat can be adjusted), the Club 420 is manageable for sailors coming out of the Optimist class and enables young sailors to learn safety, teamwork, and responsibility. The stable, forgiving hull is built tough with reinforced fiberglass, high impact bumpers, and a simple, non-tapered rig. The Vanguard 420 is simple and safe for beginning sailors and yet quick enough for more challenging adventures.

LOA: 13’9″

Beam: 5’5″

Sail Area: 110 sq. feet

Spinnaker Area: 95 sq. feet

Draft (board down): 3’2″

Rigged Weight: 260 lbs

Optimist (Opti)
Vanguard 420
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