are adding the El Toro sailing pram to our repertoir in 2012. At
around 80 pounds total weight, this internationally-recognized class is
the ideal boat for young, still-growing sailors. But don't get
the impression that it is a "toy boat" or only suitable for the
young. They are so much fun to sail, so relatively inexpensive to
build or buy and so uncomplicated to rig that they are a popular
class among adults as well, even including Master's racers. It is
not unusual at top sailing organizations to see fleets of adult racers
who own ocean racers dueling it out in El Toros on the weekends.
There are organized races at the local, state, region, national and international level. http://eltoroyra.org/
The boat is normally sailed by one person but it is not unusual to have two people in them.
They also can double as a dinghy tender for a larger boat either by rowing or with a small outboard.
These are not "toy boats": they can handle
anything that you are capable of handling. For example, the
Bullship Regatta has been held in San Francisco Bay (the home of the El
Toro) every year for over 50 years. El Toros sail across S.F. Bay
in one of the most challenging parts of the bay: the mouth of the
Golden Gate with its tricky winds and notorious currents, not to
mention transiting ocean-going freighters etc.
WE WILL HELP YOU BUILD YOUR OWN EL TORO FROM OUR COMPLETE KITS
El Toro is the ideal family project for parents and their
children. Camano Sail and Power offers El Toro kits complete with
all of the "stuff" to home-build your own wooden El Toro. All of
the parts are cut to size, ready for you to put on the mold in our shop
and build the basic hull under our supervision and guidance. The
basic hull can then be taken home for you to finish to your own desires
in paint color, personal touches etc.
Purchasing and building one of our El Toros
qualifies you for a 25% discount on our US SAILING small boat sailor
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