XS Marines has become an ISAF approved and licenced builder of the Int 420 Sailing boat since 2014/15. They are in the process of delivering Int 420 boats to the Army Southern Command for the EME Sailing Association and to INSA for their various Sail training clubs. The order for EMESA has been recently completed and the one for INSA will be readied by the end of February. Both of these orders were against tenders floated and against stiff international bidding. XS Marines offers ready-to-sail boats with a mix and match of the best equipment.
Deck Fittings: Harken -USA, Allen -UK
SPARS: Super Spars
SAIL’S: North Sails -UK
Rudder Stock: Sea Sure UK
Ropes/Control Lines: Marlow.
The International 420 sailing boat is a Class recognized by the International Sailing Federation as the ideal youth trainer for the larger Olympic Class, the International 470. This popular dinghy is sailed at school, university, club, open, national and international level. The boat derives its name from the fact that it is 420 cms long. The 420 dinghy was designed by the French engineer Christian Maury. It is the established two person trapeze and spinnaker racing dinghy. The hull’s seaworthiness and stability at speed, along with its modest sail area make it fun to sail in heavy weather. Inbuilt buoyancy tanks make the boat very safe even when inverted. The main attraction of the 420 is its universal appeal as a youth class. When children age out of the Optimist they ask themselves “What do we sail now?” The answer is the 420. It has always been the boat of choice and still remains the most popular double handed dinghy. After sailing an Optimist it is easy to adapt to a 420. Further, its ability to ride the waves and plane with speed provides all the thrills and spills whether reaching, beating or running with the wind. The Int 420 has proved itself to be one of the most enduring one design junior sailboats.
The International 420 Class Association (www.420sailing.org) holds World Championships, Continental and Junior Continental Championships. In India the Class Association (www.420sailingindia.org) conducts National Coastal and Inland Championships. XS Marines offers the Int 420 with ISAF licence and Super Spars spars.
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The Club 420 is a simpler, more affordable version of the International 420. Young sailors graduating out of the Optimist Class, eager to try out a two-man dinghy, may not be prepared at the outset to invest in an expensive racing boat. The Club 420 is an ideal choice, allowing the sailor to first get the feel of racing with another person and learn the techniques of spinnaker and trapeze. This is also a sensible option for light weight sailors who lack the build to compete in a single handed class like the Laser. The boat is similar to the International 420 but built slightly stronger and heavier, making it the boat of choice as a training hull for clubs and beginners. The Club 420 was designed by Vangard twenty years ago. Its stable, forgiving hull is toughened with reinforced fiberglass more able to withstand the demands of club sailing. The Club 420 has an untapered mast with simpler fittings which is easier to maintain than the racing mast. The world over, a number of educational institutes and colleges promote sailing as a part of their curriculum, using the Club 420. In addition to learning to sail, the 420 inculcates team work which brings out the best performance in varying conditions. These boats are also used in corporate HR training programmes. XS Marines offers the Club 420 hull with locally extruded spars as a viable alternative to the young sailor and to training schools for promoting the sport.
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