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The 470 is a classic dinghy. It has been in production since 1963 and belongs among that elite group of boats that never really goes out of fashion. It might be seen as a logical progression from th 420 and this would not be an unfair comment. She is very lively and fantastic to sail on the reach, up to wind or on a run.
The 470 canbe handled by younger sailors but she does require lively helmsmanship in a blow, yet that is one of this boat's great attributes - you can get her to respond, play her up onto the plane and you feel her every inch of the way. Having owned a 470 myself, I have nothing but fond memories and I would heartily recommend her to anyone who wants to race competitively or those who just fancy a good blast in high winds.
In terms of racing the fleet is very competitive and you have to really get to grips with her to get results, but hey - isn't that all part of the process?!
The 470 is equipped with a spinnaker, jib and a single trapeze. The competitive crew weight for the boat is 110 - 145kg, which makes it ideal for both men and women. She does not demand physical strength but being reasonably fit is advisable when it starts to blow.
This is boat you could teach children to sail in and, although the learning curve would be pretty sharp, once it has been mastered you can move onto pretty much anything.
She is quite tippy in a big blow but very easy to right again when she does go over. She is light and easy to handle out of the water. The rigging of the sheets and halyards is, within the class rules, a matter for you to decide upon (it can be a rather cluttered experience if you inherit a badly thought out layout).
Summing up, I have to say this dinghy gave me a lot of fun and holds a special place in my heart when I think back to those blustery days screaming around Chichester harbour.
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