The Tabur 320 (scroll down to find the 320 sailing dinghy among the various tenders and fishing boats). It’s a French boat designed by Georges Auzépy-Brenneur, a well-known naval architect and produced at 12,000 units in the 1970’s. It is lightweight and made of plastic, which makes it possible to haul the almost indestructible hull over a shingle beach without damage to the hull, and it is repairable by plastic welding. This ten-footer was designed above all for sailing schools, and you almost have to want this very stable boat to capsize.
This hull has very little freeboard, and one often sails with the lee gunwale underwater. The bow often goes under waves when running before the wind – the sailor has to sit far back towards the stern, leaving just enough space for the tiller. If this happens, the boat can broach in the waves and cause a capsize or something to get broken, especially when beaching. It helps not to be have too much “middle-age spread” for this boat!
With its round bow, the 320 is not the fastest boat on the water, and does not sail well in heavy water. The hull is tough, but the original mast without forestay and shrouds is fragile. Sails and masts for this boat are about as rare as hen’s teeth! The replacement solution I adopted was an English Mirror rig.
The Spaniard Juan de la Fuente, a serious Tabur 320 sailor, has invented another fascinating rig involving the original mast (with standing rigging) and a standard jib, together with a Walker Bay 8 mainsail. In this Youtube clip, he sails on a man-made lake near Barcelona, Spain. It indeed looks like a lovely spot. The boat seems to sail quite fast in what looks like a moderate wind. Señor De la Fuente says in his Youtube thread:
probably the only creative element there is that strange little sail under the boom. The original Walker bay sail forces the boom to pitch up, which is great for headroom but I wanted to add as much sail area as I could. I never seen that type of sail before but it actually works quite nicely.
This clip inspires me to do a video of one of my own outings on the sea. I keep an eye on waterproof digital movie camera prices, and will probably one day take the plunge!