The Tera has taken the West Coast by storm since 2015. A modern, durable, simple, safe yet fun youth trainer. Compared to older ‘traditional’ youth boats, the RS Tera offers good performance in a confidence inspiring package - it's also exceeding low maintenance compared to fiberglass boats. Now in use all over North America by youth racing programs, community sailing centers, camps, and learn to sail programs - the RS Tera is a cost effective and fun boat for young sailors. If recreational sailing is all you want to do, the boat is quick to setup, easy to handle on shore, and fully self bailing while sailing. The Tera is available in two sail options, one that can be reefed easily - allowing sail area to match the wind conditions. An incredibly safe and accessible boat, it can be righted from a capsize by sailors as light as 60 pounds - unlike older designs that require outside assistance from a coach boat to be emptied of water. If racing is of interest for you or your program, this boat has an active North American Class, focused on the West Coast of the North America.
If your program is considering the Tera, now is the perfect time to reach out. For a limited time RS Sailing and West Coast Sailing are teaming up to promote new Tera fleets. New fleets purchasing three or more Teras are eligible to receive a spare Pro Sail with each Tera purchased. That's nearly a $700 value for each boat! The Pro Sail is a great way to extend the utility of the Tera. For older or more experienced sailors it's a great way to give the boat some extra performance or for larger beginners the additional sail area can be just what it takes to get them hooked on the sport. Contact us today for more information.
The Tera is safer, more durable, more versatile and decades newer than an Opti. While Optis are used by kids at the top of the pyramid for hardcore racing - the Tera is much more appropriate for the rest of sailors. In particular, when capsized, the Tera can be self righted, and drains very rapidly - which inspires confidence. An Optimist generally requires a sailor to be assisted by a coach hovering in a power boat, or the sailors to use a bailer to work to empty their boat of water. Modern plastic boats are more durable, with almost zero maintenance - so the Tera is a durable long term asset to a club fleet or a family. The Tera is also easily accepting of two kids and has a reefable mainsail for any condition that sailors are in. Frankly, we continue to wonder why anyone would buy an Optimist for anything but the most advanced, World level serious regattas.
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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.
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: