BlueJacket International Optimist Dinghy



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BlueJacket International Optimist Dinghy

The International Optimist Dinghy, commonly referred to as the Optimist, is a small sailboat designed for children under the age of 15. It was first designed in 1947 by Clark Mills in Clearwater, Florida, United States.

The Optimist was created as a simple, inexpensive, and safe boat for young sailors to learn the fundamentals of sailing. Its design features a pram hull, a sprit rig, and a single sail, making it easy to handle and maneuver for beginner sailors.

The Optimist quickly gained popularity and became the most widely used and fastest-growing class of sailboat in the world. It is now recognized by the International Sailing Federation (ISAF) as an international class sailboat, with competitions held at the national and international level.

Over the years, the design of the Optimist has evolved to incorporate modern materials and construction techniques. Despite these updates, the core principles of the Optimist remain true to its original design – providing a safe and accessible platform for young sailors to develop their skills and passion for sailing.

Today, the Optimist is sailed in over 120 countries worldwide, with tens of thousands of young sailors participating in competitions and events each year. It continues to be a popular choice for beginner sailors and has produced numerous world-class sailors who got their start in the Optimist class.

The BlueJacket International Optimist Dinghy kit is designed for the first time wooden boat modeler. This model comes with everything necessary to build the kit:

laser-cut basswood and mahogany parts
rigging and fittings
sailcloth, even a needle for attaching the sail ties!
paint and brushes
two kinds of glue

BlueJacket’s model is based on the official plans of the United States Optimist Dinghy Association scaled down to 1’=1″

If there are any questions about the contents of a particular kit, please contact Bluejacket.

LOA: 8.5″
Scale: 1″

Additional information

Weight 5 lbs