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McLaughlin Pro Racer Optimist

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Optis are still used by some programs to teach their elite sailors to race in huge worldwide competitions.


When you’re trying to win at the highest levels of Opti Racing - you need to buy the best Optimist. Each McLaughlin Pro Racer is built to order and incorporates the latest developments in design and class approved features. The Pro Racer includes N1 Foils, BlackGold Spars, and your choice of sail from North, Olimpic, Optiparts, or J Sails. Additional options can be tailored to your preference, including custom deck colors and clear transom, creating an individual and customized boat unique for you. The Pro Racer is designed and built with the top end competitor in mind.

McLaughlin 'WORLD CHAMPION' Hull - The Pro-Racer hull is built on a Thursday to allow 4 days curing in the mold over the weekend. After it’s removed, McLaughlin refines the bottom, edges and centerboard slot. Customers can specify almost anything on a Pro Racer - including sailing equipment, non skid aggressiveness and cosmetics such as metal flake, clear transom and custom gelcoat. It includes standard features top sailors need to have to compete: the strongest mast step attachment, precision appendage alignment check on every hull, and wall to wall non-skid. If it is the best, it is on your Optisailors Pro-Racer.

Your choice of top-level Racing Spars

  • Blackgold Spar Set (3 boom choices)
  • Giulietti Blacktop
  • Light Mast
  • Optimax MK3

Your choice of the best racing sails in the world

  • Olimpic
  • North
  • WinDesign
  • J-Sails

Your choice of top level "New Rule" Epoxy Foils

  • Tebbertmann, N1 or WinDesign Pro Race. These three manufacturers dominate the field of racing blades and are seen on the majority of Optimists at World and Continental Championships. They include a Deluxe Optiparts black anodized tiller, and removable tiller extension.

What else is included:

  • Dual red and green bailers
  • Ball bearing HARKEN blocks including the "Carbo Ratchamatic" main sheet block
  • Double tapered mainsheet with boom extender
  • Floating, high-vis bowline & bow loop
  • 3 EZ-fill heavy duty airbags and straps
  • Optisailors double padded adjustable hiking straps
  • Delrin mast collar w/ mast safety tie-in and mast lock
  • Stainless steel adjustable locking mast step
  • Daggerboard adjustment system w/ handle
  • Daggerboard protection kit
  • Non-skid surfacing in cockpit
  • Owners manual and rigging guide
  • IYRU plaque and USODA measurement book


    • Length: 7'9"
    • Beam: 3'8"
    • Weight: 77lbs


There are a few Optimist builders. Which one is best?

Fundamentally, questions like this on a kids boat are one of the reasons we're so opposed to it being used. Kids 7-12 should be out having fun, learning about the sport and growing their skills. Instead, we force them to race a certain way, in a slow, complicated boat, with a coach always by their side. And then the manufacturers get to promote every little detail that makes their boat slightly better than others. If you have to get an Opti, McLaughlin and Zim make great boats. Pick one, order it and move on.

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Can you tell me a bit more about how ordering a boat works?

We can walk you through the process from start to finish. Below read our most Frequently Asked Questions that will answer a lot of your questions.

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I've read all about your boats, but I still have questions... can you answer those?

Happily. And we feel you, it's not always easy to get all the information from a single webpage. We've prepared some FAQs to take the mystery out of researching our boats.

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Boat Delivery is going to be expensive, isn't it?

Despite their size, we are able to ship most boats around North America safely and inexpensively. While boats don't qualify for free shipping, we do subsidize the cost for each customer to keep it reasonable. To see your exact cost, add a boat to your cart and it will show an exact flat rate cost as you checkout. Typically, small boats ship for $300-$600, medium sized boats ship for $400-$800, and larger boats, such as the RS Venture or RS21, ship for $700-$1200.

Why West Coast Sailing

We represent a dozen sailboat brands from all around the world. Our dinghy sailboat inventory is second to none, with at least 100 boats in stock in our warehouse at any time. Our staff has extensive experience sailing, racing, rigging, coaching and delivering boats worldwide. This is what we do:

  • Selection – 70+ models of boats from manufacturers around the world.
  • Service – Our staff is focused on helping you Own The Water.
  • Experience – The team here has decades of experience on all types of dinghies.
  • Inventory – Over $1million of boats and parts inventory in stock at all times.
  • Logistics – We have experience shipping boats all over the world, at reasonable rates, quickly.
  • Rigging – We rig most boats by hand, and stand behind our work.
  • Long Term Support – We are a leader in our industry, and we didn't get here by cutting corners. We have your back.
  • Apparel and Accessories – We have the apparel, accessories, trailers and dollies to go with each boat.


Due to the high demand for sailboat and kayak products, the team at West Coast Sailing is working hard to bring in as much inventory as possible. We receive multiple shipments over the course of the year with our allocated number of specific models and colors. Current lead time and availability information for specific sailboat and kayak models is posted on our website:

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Depending on current on hand stock and/or estimated availability, this model may be available for purchase online. Please review the following stock status information:

  • Availability: IN STOCK - This indicates the option selected is physically in stock at our warehouse in Portland, OR for immediate shipping or in store pickup. Our team will contact you within one business day of receiving your order to discuss these details.
  • Availability: PRE ORDER - This indicates the option selected is on one of our next shipments but has not yet be received. The estimated availability date for new preorders is listed on our Lead Time Table, which is updated weekly. Placing an order will reserve your spot in the queue for next availability, which is subject to change.
  • Availability: SOLD OUT - This indicates the option selected is not currently available for preorder due to extended or unknown lead time, For an update on future availability, please see our Lead Time Table or contact our team via email at

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  • 5
    Great Boat!!

    I love my pro racer that I got from west coast sailing!! It is such a great boat.

    - Owen Timms

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