9 Accessories for Unleashing Your Optimist's Full Potential

If you're setting your sights on regattas and seeking to enhance your Opti's performance, you're in the right place. In this guide, we unveil a lineup of essential accessories designed to propel your sailboat into the regatta scene.

9 Accessories for Unleashing Your Optimist's Full Potential

If you're setting your sights on regattas and seeking to enhance your Opti's performance, you're in the right place.

In this guide, we unveil a lineup of essential accessories designed to propel your sailboat into the regatta scene. From smoother navigation to a competitive edge, join us as we dive into the top 9 accessories that will set you sailing toward success in regattas.

Double tapered mainsheet

It’s 7 meters long and tapered from 9.0 to 6.5 mm. Thick and soft where it touches your hand. Thin and smooth elsewhere for free running control. Tapered on both ends. Long enough to create a 4:1 Optimist mainsheet with 2 boom blocks.

Line structure is approximately:

2.0 meter: 6.5 mm
2.0 meter: 9.0 mm
3.0 meter: 6.5 mm

Related: How to rig an Optimist like a pro - medium winds

Optiparts bailers

We usually suggest items and not brands, but in this case, Optiparts bailers are the best we've seen. Their design optimizes the bailing process, and they are very comfortable. There are two models, the first one has a capacity of 3.5 l., and the second one has a capacity of 4.2 l.

Snap shackle

When we are about to buy a snap shakle for the Optimist mainsheet, we always keep in mind two things:

1- That it is made of stainless steel.

2- That it is small and light. Optimist mainsheet don't need a huge snap shakle because it doesn't make a huge amount of strength. So let's keep it small and light.

4:1 mainsheet blocks

Having a link block is the perfect solution for creating a 4:1 Optimist mainsheet. This is going to be super helpful to sail upwind on windy days.

Plastic wind indicator

This wind indicator is the most accurate and light one that you can get for an Optimist.

The wind indicators that have the arrow of wire are not allowed by the class rules.

Automatic mainsheet ratchet

A very common mistake we see when parents go and buy ratchets without asking their coaches, is that they buy ones that are really big.

Opti's are small, there's no need for a big ratchet. It should be small and light, and if it is automatic, even better.

Optimist mast lock

For Optimist mast lock, we have two very different solutions, but they both work just as well.

Optiparts mast lock

Stainless steel lock to secure your Optimist mast from coming out of its step when the boat is capsized. This mastlock has a rubber insert and should be clamped around the mast just under the deck.

We suggest you use the collar in addition to the rope locking system to create double security. The lock will be provided with a line to attach it to the maststep.

The good thing about this mast lock, is that it's really easy to use, and even kids can use it. It doesn't fail.

However, if we go into the details, it's weakness is that it doesn't let the mast rotate as well as it should.

Dyneema mast lock

This is the most traditional way of securing your mast to the hull. It consists of making a knot with a rope.

If you want to take it to the next level, you can splice a dyneema and make an adjustable system. This is our personal favorite! Fast and easy to use, super safe, and it lets the mast rotate with ease.

Buoyancy bags

These Optimist buoyancy bags are made of fabric and are about half the weight and significantly stronger than buoyancy bags made of PVC or PVC coated nylon.

The best ones are the ones that have a twist lock tube valve. This valve is attached to a piece of tubing. With this valve the bag can easily and quickly be inflated and deflated.

48 liter buoyancy bags are slightly heavier than 43 liter buoyancy bags but after a capsize there is a lot less water in the boat.

Clinometer

The clinometer helps the kids realize if their boat is heeling or if it is flat, since an accurate bubble gauge shows the boat angle up to 45 degrees.

Trust us when we say that this is great help for them because a boat that is flat, is a boat that sails faster.

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