otter 608

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otter 608

Post by dave » Wed Jul 08, 2009 8:03 pm

i have recently bought otter no 608 to teach my grandchildren to sail i have been trawling the web to try to find an otter owners association but with no success is there anybody out there who knows if there is one is there a register of these boats so i can find out the age of this otter
having sailed otters in the seventies i new what to look for and the boat i bought is tatty but servicable ideal for teaching and training
since buying the boat i have recieved several offers but im having to much fun to even think of selling
many thanks dave smith
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Re: otter 608

Post by aptanet » Fri Jul 10, 2009 12:25 pm

Hi Dave, and welcome to the forum. When I set this up I did some similar searching and found little if any information about Otter sailing dinghies. I did manage to find two threads on other forums and a single web page with some specifications. Sadly the web page was on Geocities, so has vanished now, although there is some information on Wikipedia ( which may have moved across from there. I summarised what I could find in the welcome post of this forum, so you can see there wasn't a lot of information!

One of the threads did have a post from somebody who had been involved with the Otter Owners Association, and indicated that it no longer existed, but he did have some information still. I tried to contact him through the forum messaging service, but never had a reply sadly. I still keep my eye open for more information, and anything I do find I'll post here. It is quite nice that, at the moment anyway, this forum gets top billing on Google for a search for 'otter sailing dinghy', so with any luck membership here will grow and people can share any information they do have. :)

I know where you're coming from with a well used, but sound boat, and also get offers, but I'm determined to get the kids out sailing this year - and myself for that matter, I'm usually too busy with work :(
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Re: otter 608

Post by springer5 » Mon Jul 02, 2012 9:30 am

Hi folks

I am thinking of buying an Otter just now (sail no. 640). I am not new to sailing dinghies generally, having had a few over the years, but I've never owned or sailed an Otter.

Dave, I notice that you mention in your pot about "knowing what to look out for". I'd really appreciate it if you have any pointers for me before I commit to buying the one I've seen. I'm hoping to take a look at it next weekend (8th July) and it would be tremendously helpful to know if there are any well known weaknesses I should be looking out for.

Many thanks for your help.

Kind regards


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