“A stable day sailer that can also actively be raced.”
The Lido 14 is the one of the most successful crossover dinghies built. In production since 1958 by W.D. Schock, this boat, constructed of fiberglass, functions as a great day sailer. Its 6 feet of width provides good stability and weight carrying characteristics for the couple who want to load their children aboard for an afternoon of sailing. At the same time, the boat is raced as a one-design dinghy with an active and dedicated class following. In 1997, the deck and cockpit of the boat were redesigned providing greater comfort and safety through enhanced floatation. The new deck was incorporated on all hull numbers above 6000, thus leading to the designation of a 6000 series Lido 14 as opposed to the older Classic. The new deck design also provides greater stability at the front of the centerboard trunk. In the Classic Lido, a class allowed change stabilizes the front of the trunk through braces to the seats. The boat is very easy and quick to rig. Its 310 lbs. weight makes it easy to trailer and ramp launch. The boat is quite dry to sail for a 14 footer.
For the sailor looking for a stable day sailer, which can also actively be raced, the Lido 14 remains one of the most cost effective, and enduring, solutions in the sailing dinghy classes.