Sunday, August 13, 2006

O'Pen Bic

Is this boat - the O'Pen Bic - the future of junior sailing? Could it be the Opti killer? A fast, planing hull. Fully battened windsurfer-like sail. None of that tedious bailing after a capsize. And a clever idea to make the transition easy for current Opti owners: you can just buy the hull of the O'Pen Bic and use your current Opti rig with it - then buy the O'Pen Bic rig later. And to my old geezer eyes it looks way more cool than an Opti.

The O'Pen Bic looks like a winner to me. Wonder when Cutest Granddaughter In The World will be ready for one?

5 comments:

Stephen Macklin said...

The chairman of BIC is an avid sailor. If this is successful, look for them to come out with a larger version.

AdriftAtSea said...

Cool little boat... looks like a good one to start kids off in... and looks like it'll scream.

joe "optis suck ; ) " rouse said...

It is a cool boat.

There was a flame war at SA about a month a go regarding the Opti, a few of us suggested the BIC as a way to save junior sailing.

Tim said...

The optimist is a shoe box by comparison, why would anyone want to sail it when you can sail the Bic?

Mind you I first sailed the International Cadet ( http://www.cadetclass.org/ ) when I was a teenager. I can't imagine that doing very well against a bigger Bic when it comes

Carol Anne said...

Buy CGITW one of those about the time she learns to walk.

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