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Designed by Clark Mills in 1947. Introduced to Europe by Dane, Axel Damsgaard, and spread worldwide. The Optimist is a pram, a boat with a flat bow. Designed to be a contoured box made of glass-reinforced plastic or plywood. Mills claimed that it was the largest possible usable sailboat that could be built from two 4ftx8ft sheets of plywood.

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Optimist Specifications

  • LOA 7 ft 9 in (2.36 m)
  • LWL 7 ft (2.13 m)
  • Beam 3 ft 8 in (1.12 m)
  • Draft 5 in (0.13 m) /2 ft 9 in (0.84 m)
  • Hull weight (with fittings) 77 lb (35 kg)
  • Mast height (above deck) 7 ft 5 in (2.26 m)
  • Mainsail area 35 ft2

  • A great video of an Optimist competition, the kids are having fun

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    12/2/04, 1980 Optimist, Houston, Texas, $795 1980 Optimist sailboat

    11/15/14, 1986 Optimist, New Jersey, $1,500 1986 Optimist sailboat

    4/17/09, 1988 Optimist, Clear Lake, Texas, $500 1988 Optimist sailboat

    1991 Vanguard Optimist, Clear Lake, Texas, $1200 1991 Vanguard Optimist sailboat

    12/12/16, 1991 Optimist pram, Houston, Texas, $1,495 w/dolly 1991 Optimist sailboat

    5/29/11, 1991 Optimist, Groton, Connecticut, $1,100 1991 Optimist sailboat

    6/23/06, 1992 Optimist, New Bern, North Carolina, $1,000 1992 Optimist sailboat

    1993 Optimist, Austin, Texas, $1,600 1993 Optimist sailboat

    6/12/15, 1994 Optimist, Kemah, Texas, $800 1994 Optimist sailboat

    7/3/09, 1995 Optimist, Ft Worth, Texas, $1,200 1995 Optimist sailboat

    9/2/06, 1995 Optimist, Cazenovia, New York, $850 1995 Optimist sailboat

    8/18/08, 1997 McLaughlin Optimist, Fort Worth, Texas, $675

    6/30/12, 1998 Optimist, Fairfield, Connecticut, $1,550 1998 Optimist sailboat

    6/2/05, 1998 Optimist, Houston, Texas, $1,800 1998 Optimist sailboat

    1998 Optimist, Austin, Texas, $2,000 1998 Optimist sailboat

    1998 McLaughlin Optimist, Clear Lake, Texas, $1850

    1998 Carter Opti for sale $1000 firm, Round Rock 1998 Carter Opti sailboat

    11/27/06, 2000 McLaughlin Optimist, Memphis, Tennessee, asking $1,550 Optimist

    8/19/12, 2001 Optimist, Southlake, Texas, $950 2001 McLaughlin Optimist

    3/23/09, 2001 McLaughlin Optimist, Pensacola, Florida, $1,800 2001 McLaughlin Optimist

    5/28/11, 2002 Optimist, Missouri City, Texas, $2,300 2002 Optimist

    6/27/09, 2002 Optimist, Ville Platte, Louisiana, $1,500 2002 Optimist

    10/11/12, Optimist, Southlake, Texas, $1,705  Optimist

    9/5/07, 2002 Optimist, Tampa, Florida, $1,850 2002 Optimist

    4/26/07, 2003 Optimist, Rockport, Texas, $2,200 Optimist

    3/28/10, 2004 Optimist, Fort Worth, Texas, $2,100 Optimist

    4/26/07, 2004 Optimist, Rockport, Texas, $2,800 Optimist

    11/3/13, 2005 Optimist Pro Racer, Columbus, Ohio, $3,500 2005 Optimist

    8/30/09, 2005 Optimist, Saratoga, New York, $1,400 2005 Optimist

    8/3/09, 2005 Optimist, Houston, Texas, $2,000 2005 Optimist

    5/30/09, Fourteen 2005 McLaughlin Optimist, Corpus Christi, Texas, $10,000 or will sell seperately 2005 McLaughlin Optimists

    3/23/09, 2005 McLaughlin Optimist, Pensacola, Florida, $2,500 2005 McLaughlin Optimist

    3/13/15 Optimist, Lake Charles, Louisiana, $450 Optimist

    9/6/11 2006 Optimist, Austin, Texas, $1,800 Optimist

    4/22/08, 2006 Optimist, Allen, Texas, $2,090 Optimist

    6/27/09, 2007 McLaughlin Optimist, Dallas, Texas, $2,900 Optimist

    9/10/16, 2011, Optimist Texas Edition, Corpus Christi, Texas, $1,600 Optimist

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