With a choice of two different hull shapes, each built to the same exceptional standard we are continually developing our build technique to ensure our customers get the best.
Recent developments include an improved deck/floor moulding which means no join and as such, no weak point or leaking.
The difference between the two hulls comes down to your weight, where and/or how you sail but put simply they are as follows;
Mark 1; Maximum waterline length, minimum rocker and minimum beam Suits open water Lighter sailor (up to 85kg)
Mark 2 More rocker, a fuller bow and more V in the hull Suits inland water as it tacks quicker and is more forgiving Carries more weight The information below is for our ‘Complete’ boat which comes with Harken fittings, Selden mast, HD Dacron sail. We also offer Allen fit-outs, Super Spars and a range of other sailmakers.
What is resin infusion?
In contrast to the traditional wet-lay technique, resin infusion sees all the materials placed in a gelled mould and using a vacuum the resin is infused through the fibres. The results are stronger, stiffer and more consistent. With our years of experience using resin infusion Winder Boats are pushing the innovation boundaries and are often called on to offer training to a wide range of professionals in its use.
If you would like a non-standard colour please view the colour cards from our suppliers and let us have the reference number.
Moulded from epoxy foam sandwich the hull is very light yet enormously stiff. They are jig-assembled in the mould to ensure accuracy and consistency and the hand-layed epoxy is done by the same skilled team who have been building Merlins for years. The decks are resin infused and all our hulls are post-cured which ensures rigidity across a wide temperature range.
Sailboats.co.uk is pleased to offer from 2014 the NEW Speed MK5.5 Solo suitable for a wide range of sailors.
Recent results over a wide range of conditions and locations continue to prove its class leading performance;
1st National Championship 2013
1st Nations Cup 2013
1st Spring Championship 2013
1st End of Season Championship 2013
1st Steve Nicholson 2014
1st National Championship 2014
1st End of Season Championship 2014
Significant features of note - please see our video for more details; During the winter of 2012 we refined our hull shape and completely redesigned our deck, floor and centerboard case Now built from only 3 moulds which enables maximum stiffness, durability and zero possibility of water ingress Incorporates the only fully integrated double floor which locks the transom and side tanks as one, creating the most rigid and stable hull on the market Now built using the latest vacuum bagged PVC cored epoxy laminate construction – the stiffest, most durable and consistent process available
Sailboats Standard Solo Fit Out Includes: Harken fit out Harken low profile curved traveller Continuous kicker Continuous outhaul Adjustable padded toestraps DEM Standard white centreboard & rudder blade Super light Sea-Sure custom alloy rudder stock Selden or Superspar mast (section of your choice - some sections may have a surcharge) Selden or Superspar Boom Speed Sails or North dacron mainsail Registered & Measured
once again, making a solo ahead of its time' Here at Gosling Dinghy Craft, we are building new solos from a new ply foam construction. This is a foam panel laminated onto a 1.5mm ply skin, developed by Gosling Dinghy Craft. This construction is designed to give all of the performance benefits of a fibreglass boat, but with all of the looks of a wooden Gosling boat. The panel stiffness is designed with a fibreglassback to be as stiff as a fibreglass boat, if not stiffer. This new construction has given us the technology to use new deck veneers to suit your taste, including, Sapele, Cherry and Ash, with others also available. The boat is built with all of the modern functions incorporated into the development of our boat, and we can also modify the design to your choices. Theboat is spray finished with a 2 pack Varnish. We have also developed our foils giving a new more flexible foil or a slightly stiffer choice if preferred. These are either finished in a 2 pack, mat white paint or the new, silver, Arrow Glass cloth, with a clear finish. We are, once again, making a solo ahead of its time, only available from Gosling Dinghy Craft.
Boatyard at Beer
New for 2013. The Boatyard at Beer are now manufacturing an innovative new shape Solo hull. This is built from a plug and mould newly constructed last Winter. The objective was to design a boat that would be robust, fast and good looking. The shape is based on long experience of racing winning dinghies, and from collaboration with Jim Hunt and Andy Davis on previous Solo builds. All the factors which make a Solo fast were examined. Existing fast shapes were also researched. From this analysis, small but significant incremental improvements were determined. These are known from racing experience to materially enhance performance. The lines are optimised where tolerances allow but are not extreme and conform to all relevant Solo class rules. Particular attention has been paid to creating a symmetrical boat with fair and true lines, without bumps or hollows. Every aspect of the boat has been considered in the search for improvement. New foil moulds have been CAD designed and 5-axis CNC machined to ensure trueness and consistency of build. The new shaped Solo hull has been completed by the Boatyard at Beer and had it's first outing at Salcombe over the Bank Holiday weekend, being test driven by Geoff Carveth. The hull shape has performed well in the initial trails Geoff was pleased with the overall handling and speed of the hull and believes that this will prove to be an improvement over earlier designs