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    Posted: 17 Nov 22 at 8:43pm
Have just seen an announcement that Jo Richards has regained the rights to his designs that used to be sold by LP.


On the face of it , this seems great news for current and future owners of Vagos, Bugs, Bahias and Picos . Especially given the supply problems these boats have had in the last few years .  


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Glad the Pico is making a comeback, always had a soft spot for it, and not just the one behind the mast.
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LOL Smile Smile


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Post Options Post Options   Quote 423zero Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 18 Nov 22 at 6:19pm
Thought about this through the day, Topaz or Pico, think the Topaz wins on most counts. Speaking from an adults point of view.
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Had a Pico for nearly 20 years; finally sold it to a sailing school. Great little boat, especially with the "race" sail on it. My club staged a PY>1200 regatta last weekend so the kids club could challenge the adults ... I borrowed a club Pico, it sank ( no bung!) Light winds so the toppers won.

Anyway, hope Jo can find someone to make them. Vagos less so .. they were never good once rotomoulded.
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According to the press release , the original manufacturers are all ready lined up and ready to go . Looks like RS are very keen to supply the parts market for the 50,000 boats already in the market  Smile

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That's great news. I should have realised that the Pico vanished from the ranks of available boats because of Rastegarical rascallinations!  We have a fleet of Picos we are very happy with and it's great that we will be able to get spare parts. 

is it fair to say that RS is one company that seems to do the right thing by sailing itself, rather than merely watching their own interests?  The way they apparently manage things to manage that their "heritage" classes and "orphaned" LP products remain alive is a strong contrast to the way some classes by LPE and in the USA have apparently been effectively murdered by their manufacturer.
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It looks like LP only sell three boats now, the sunfish , a non class legal ILCA ( laser) and the Cascais. The Pornstar link is still there but takes you no where . 
In the USA the main importer of sunfish has had to start making its own foils and rigs because it cannot get spare parts and has recently launched it own boat using these parts on a very very very similar Sunfish like hull .
It seems a sad result for a company that used to claim , with some justification,  it was the largest manufacturer of dinghys in the world . 
The comparison with RS could not be more different. 

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Post Options Post Options   Quote Dakota Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 21 Nov 22 at 11:39pm
Originally posted by 423zero

Thought about this through the day, Topaz or Pico, think the Topaz wins on most counts. Speaking from an adults point of view.

Iíve never sailed  a Pico and Iíve only ever said a Topaz at a Sunsail holiday resort ( that dates me some what LOL) ,  so I am no expert on either of them. 
But I do have to say the Topaz is the with out a doubt the worst boat I have ever sailed, in my view, and if thatís how adults coming into our sport first experience single handed sailing I am not surprised they donít stay in the sport .  Cry


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