Posts Tagged 'dinghy'

portable dinghy: reverso air

there is a new(-ish) small dinghy on the market, with certainly a new twist – the sailboat hull is ultra-portable with the hull sections actually coming completely apart into 4 main pieces, so that the entire boat, sail, mast, and all rigging components can fit into the back of a car.

photo via Reverso website

the reverso air is built in France, so getting one the USA might be difficult/costly unless there is a local dealer, but if you are looking for a performance sailboat that can be easily transported and stored away in a corner closet, this may be the boat for you.

here is a neat little video showing how the 4 hull sections connect together, and how quickly you can set the entire boat up and have it ready to sail in less than 2 minutes.

back in 2018, Sail-World called it “the boat of the future“:

The four nested modules are assembled and locked rigidly together in a few moments to become a very modern, sporty performance dinghy. In all, it takes less than three minutes – without tools – to turn these parts into an elegant dinghy. It is responsive and fun and is easily a match for some of the latest dinghies from the big builders and uses some of the latest offshore design technology.

for simplicity of setup and rigging, it probably can’t be beat. I’d be curious how the hull joints will hold up to long-term use – it’d be killer trying to reconnect those pieces if the hull joints separated while out in deep water.

for now, I’ll probably just still my good ol’ Sunfish. simple and easy to use, reliable, and it is easy to find used Sunfish on craigslist, FB marketplace, or similar.

you can see more pictures and video at the Reverso instagram.

mystery boat: what is it?

a few days ago, a friend of the blog sent me a few pictures of a mystery boat that they own, but are not exactly sure what the boat actually is… here are a few details:

  • the reader described it as a scow, similar to a Butterfly
  • approximately 12-feet long, wood construction
  • aluminum mast and spars for a lateen rig
  • a (ridiculously!) large rudder and centerboard, also built of aluminum
  • looks like it has some mast stays, and the mast would sit on a base fixture (the mast doesn’t go through the deck into a mast step)
  • it seems like the mast stays would really limit how you can adjust the rigging points for the lateen sail

I searched the “CloneFish” archives at the Yahoo Sunfish Sailor Group to see if it was listed there – but didn’t see anything quite like this.

so what say you? any of my blog readers know what this mystery boat could be? see a few pictures below:

mystery fish 3

mystery fish 1

mystery fish 2

sunfish: sailing’s most popular dinghy. ever.

Laser Performance, the manufacturer of the Sunfish and several other sailing dinghies, created a nice little promotional video about the Sunfish. check it out:

old sailors never die

old sailors

photo by Scott O’Donnell Photography (2009)

h/t: @PetraObbes

intro to Belfast Lough sailability [video]

this is a short video to introduce people to the sailability program at Belfast Lough.  the program is intended to give everyone the opportunity to sail – even those with disabilities.  the program uses mostly Access 303 wide dinghies.

you can find the original video here.

I’m amazed at the work put in, often by volunteers, to establish and maintain a program such as this.

peanut sailboat

I saw this neat little sailboat for sale on Craigslist the other day.

peanut sailboat

here is a bit more history on the Peanut sailboat.


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