Boats

Type Purpose Crew Sails Price Examples Notes
Pram Recreational

Instructional

1 1 Affordable Optimist

Sabot

Toro

Good for beginners

Simple design

Easy to rig

Stable

Not very fast

Laser Racing 1 1 Affordable Laser

Laser Radial

Laser 4.7

High performance

For the experienced

Competitive

Sloop Racing

Instructional

Recreational

2 2 + spinnaker

(optional)

Medium price

point

CFJ’s

420’s

Lido 14

Daysailer

Simple design

Simple to sail

Rarely uses a spinnaker

Club racing, juniors

Catamaran Racing

Recrational

2 + 2 + spinnaker Affordable

to

Very Expensive

Hobie Cat

A-Class

(high performance)

Fast

Can’t point well

Stable

Skiff Racing

High

performance

2 2 + spinnaker Fairly

Expensive

49ers

29ers

Fast

For the experienced

Has wings on side

Asymmetrical spinnaker

Keel Boat
Large range

of purposes

2 + 2 + spinnaker High price

point

J22’s

Rec boats

Etchelles

Shields

Fixed keel

Large range of boats

Many allow sleeping

and living aboard