Nick Burnham explains why the Reverso folding dinghy is like nothing else we’ve seen in this market before…
Folding sailing dinghies have been done before – we’ve covered the wonderful little wooden Seahopper sailing boat for example, which is a cute flat-nosed pram dinghy.
What the Seahopper is emphatically not, however, is a high performance machine. If you want one of those but you still need it to fit into a small space, then you’re going to need one of these.
Built in France, the Reverso is a portable sailing dinghy that is both seriously small and seriously fast.
By splitting the Reverso into four separate segments that ‘nest’ together, the hull can be collapsed into a rectangle of less than 1m x 1.5m and about 700cm tall – small enough to fit into a family car.
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Once it’s all been put together, which takes less than two minutes, you’ve got a 3.4m performance dinghy, weighing just 16.8kgs (37lbs), complete with a full carbon mast.
Wide and stable (the righting moment is apparently 200% more than a Laser), the Reverso folding dinghy can carry two people or be sailed single-handed.
The manufacturer claims to have seen a scorching 16 knots out of it, and judging by the YouTube video above, that’s entirely believable.
Prices for the Reverso folding dinghy start from €9,600.