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The Comet Versa was launched in 2003 to fit between the Comet Zero and Comet Trio. The Versa is designed to be sailed as a single-handed dinghy or with the family. Comfort is high on the agenda, no wet knees or low booms, the Versa has comfortable seating and plenty of room in the cockpit. The jib furls, the main reefs, the beam is broad to give plenty of room and stability and the handling is extremely forgiving. Promoted as an ideal first family dinghy, the Versa is literally versatile to row, motor, sail single-handed or as a family. A handy locker in the deck gives valueable storgae space. An optional asymetric spinnaker can also be added to the set-up giving some zest to the off-wind experience. A bowsprit is controlled from the cockpit and enables the spinnaker to be controlled with ease.
The hull is GRP and foam filled for bouyancy and strength. The mast is high volume sealed aluminium, so bouyant when capsized. The main has a slab reefing system, the logic of the halyards is good and a couple of self bailers get rid of the excess water! The Versa offers a good all-round sailing experience and is ideal for learning, although finding a large fleet to compete against could take a while as the boat is new onto the market.
Have you sailed the Versa? What did you think? contact us today and contribute your tips and views.
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Your tips and views:
M Everett, Carshalton - "I have sailed the Versa and found it was stable, responds pretty well and I kept my backside dry. My only comment is the main sheet system, for which there's no cleat, which I would have preferred''.