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Hi guys being very new to all of this yachting stuff i was wondering if any one had owned a boomerang or sunmaid before owning an Rl-24 and what are the benefits personally i like the aspect of the flat bottom but i really dont know much about these things i would appreciate any help regarding this matter thanks in advance Simon
Simon Keeble2-Jun-2001    Edit    Delete 
Boomerangs and Sunmaids
We used to spend a fair bit of time on boomerang, cruising with small kids and occassionally duelling sunmaids in local races we chose an RL because... Much nicer on the tiller to steer( we used to have a Jollyboat so we are some what fussy about nice manners) The motor is in board and less likely to be stolen- and you don't have to hang over the transom to start it. We chose a swing keel and saved on a depth sounder..the dagger board Boommerang used to ground with a sickening crunch Still a fair bit of room in the cabin and the swing keel on our Mk1 is less intrusive than the dagger on the Boomerang No winches when tacking...a smaller headsail is far easier to handle using 2:1 sheets and theres no worries about kids fingers and big tensions on the boomrangs genoa sheets. No 2 RLs appear to be totally similar, many appear to reflect owers needs and they seem more "bespoke friendly" regards gretta

Gretta Hill5-Jun-2001    Edit    Delete 
thank you Greta
We used to spend a fair bit of time on boomerang, cruising with small kids and occassionally duelling sunmaids in local races we chose an RL because... Much nicer on the tiller to steer( we used to have a Jollyboat so we are some what fussy about nice manners) The motor is in board and less likely to be stolen- and you don't have to hang over the transom to start it. We chose a swing keel and saved on a depth sounder..the dagger board Boommerang used to ground with a sickening crunch Still a fair bit of room in the cabin and the swing keel on our Mk1 is less intrusive than the dagger on the Boomerang No winches when tacking...a smaller headsail is far easier to handle using 2:1 sheets and theres no worries about kids fingers and big tensions on the boomrangs genoa sheets. No 2 RLs appear to be totally similar, many appear to reflect owers needs and they seem more "bespoke friendly" regards gretta

Simon Keeble 6-Jun-2001    Edit    Delete 
trailer boats
These are all good boats Simon, with each having a stronger focus in certain areas. Rl - performance and light weight are strong with a little less 'flat sailing' as a result. Boomerangs are great boats, a little slower with more strenth and possibly more ultimate seaworthiness. The daggerboard is great for performance but less cruiser friendly. Booerangs were also made as swing keelers with a poptop which made them into the best cruiser of all, but their performasnce was not as sweet. They are sort of halfway between the RL and the sunmaid. The Sunmaid is a real cruiser and very safe, but the slowest of the 3. It is comefortable, strong and has the best finish, but no poptop. So it depends on your interests and sailing localities. Only the RL will sit totally flat when you ndry out at low tide - something often importany where we sail. My opinions only of course, and all great boats in th $7000 to $11000 bracket. Be careful when buying - you can easily get a cheap boat that can cost a heap to bring up to scratch and their are easy ways to avaiod this!
Chris O'Brien21-Jun-2001    Edit    Delete 

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