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Optimist Dinghies for Sale. A fleet of racing Optimist dinghies at the gybe mark

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The Optimist is one of the most popular sailing training dinghies in the world, if not THE most popular. Many great sailors have learnt to sail in an Optimist. This page is here for you to advertise your Optimist for sale or to browse current boats for sale. Remember – it’s FREE to list your Optimist on DinghyMart and we will share your advert on our Facebook page and relevant class related pages.

An Introduction to the World’s Favourite Training Dinghy

The Optimist sailing dinghy, often referred to as the “Opti,” is a popular and widely recognized sailboat designed for young sailors, typically aged 8 to 15 years old. It is one of the most popular boats used for introductory and competitive youth sailing programs worldwide.

Compact, Lightweight and Stable

The Optimist dinghy is known for its simplicity, durability, and ease of use, making it an excellent choice for beginners. Its design features a pram-like hull with a single sail, and it is typically sailed by a single person. The boat’s compact size and lightweight nature allow young sailors to handle it easily both on and off the water.

Training Young Sailors around the World

One of the reasons behind the Optimist’s popularity is its global recognition. It is used extensively in youth sailing programs and regattas around the world, providing a consistent platform for young sailors to develop their skills and compete against their peers. The boat’s widespread adoption means that there is a large community of Optimist sailors, which facilitates camaraderie and competition within the sport.

Pram Shaped Hull provides Stability

In terms of stability, the Optimist is designed to be very stable and forgiving, making it an excellent choice for beginners. Its pram-shaped hull and low center of gravity provide stability and make it less prone to capsizing, even in moderate winds. This stability allows young sailors to build their confidence and skills while feeling secure on the water.

Start your Sailing Journey in an Optimist

Overall, the Optimist sailing dinghy is an ideal boat for young sailors who are just starting their sailing journey. Its popularity, simplicity, and stability make it a widely recommended choice for youth sailing programs and a fantastic platform for learning and enjoying the sport of sailing.

Optimist Sailing in the UK

The Optimist is a single-handed dinghy, designed to teach young children how to sail in safety and up to a high standard. There are around 65 active Optimist Flotillas around the country based at local sailing clubs on the coast, inland lakes and reservoirs.”

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Optimist Portsmouth Yardstick

The Portsmouth Yardstick is used to calculate the performance of mixed classes of boats in a handicap race. The lower the PY the faster the boat. For illustration – a Dart 18 has a PY of 832, a Laser 1 ILCA7 has a PY of 1100 and a Topper has a PY of 1365. More information and latest PY numbers can be found here – RYA PY

  • Optimist PY number is currently 1642

Optimist Dinghy Gallery

A selection of Optimist dinghies sailing in various locations and conditions. All images are courtesy of WikiMedia Commons unless otherwise indicated

All photos courtesy of Jorge CampaCC BY-SA 3.0, via Wikimedia Commons

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Optimist Dinghies for Sale

If you have got an Optimist you’d like to sell – please advertise it FREE on DinghyMart. We will help sell your boat by sharing it on relevant social media pages. Remember – if you found this page so will someone else looking to buy or sell an Optimist sailing dinghy

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2 OPTIMISTS IN AS NEW CONDITION, USED IN 2015 WORLDS IN POLAND AND STORED IN DRY BOATSHED SINCE.

2 OPTIMISTS IN AS NEW CONDITION, USED IN 2015 WORLDS IN POLAND AND STORED IN DRY BOATSHED SINCE.

BOTH THESE BOATS WERE USED IN THE 2015 WORLDS IN POLAND AND BOUGHT FOR MY GRANDCHILDREN BUT NEVER USED. IN AS NEW CONDITION WITH TROLLEYS COVER ETC. FIBREGLASS FOILS. STORED IN VERY DRY BOATHOUSE. PHOTOS AVAILABLE OF ALL

Price: £2,000.00
Posted in - Optimist
Berkshire
Yes
No
Date posted - 27/10/2023
Racing Optimist

Racing Optimist

Racing Optimist for sale. My Son's 1st boat and has now moved on to an Rs Terra The boat is in good condition and comes with 2 sails, spare mast, boom and sprit. Good buoyancy aids, all rigging in good condition. 3 covers in various conditions. Comes with an aluminium launch trailer with fat tyres. Fantastic boat in good condition for someone new to the sport or wants to get into Opi racing.

Price: £500.00
Posted in - Optimist
North Yorkshire
6088
No
No
Date posted - 17/01/2024
Optimist

Optimist

Oppie comes with trolly ,sail, Daggerbound and rudder all in good condition.

Price: £250.00
Posted in - Optimist
Greater London
Yes
No
Date posted - 10/11/2023

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