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Optimist

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Design

Name
Optimist
Designer
Clark Mills
Designed / First built
1947

The Optimist is a small, single-handed sailing dinghy intended for use by children up to the age of 15. Nowadays boats are usually made of Fiberglass, although wooden boats are still built. It is one of the most popular sailing dinghies in the world, with over 150,000 boats officially registered with the class and many more built but never registered. The Optimist is recognized as an International Class by the International Sailing Federation.

Build / Config

Rig type
Sprit/Lug
Vessel type
Pram (Daggerboard)
Keel config
Daggerboard
Construction
GRP

Rating / Handicap

Portsmouth
1646
Number of crew
0 (typical)

Dimensions

Length (overall)
2.36m
Length (water)
2.18m
Beam
1.12m
Draught
0.97m
Draught (min)
0.1m
Mast
2.26m
Displacement
35.0 kg

Sails

Sail area (total)
3 m2
Main sail area
2.26 m2
Spinnaker area
0.0 m2
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