The RS Venture is a versatile and family-friendly sailing dinghy, known for its stability, spacious cockpit, and adaptable design that accommodates various rigging options for both training and leisurely cruising. West Coast Sailing has all the resources you need to rig, find replacement parts, and enjoy sailing your RS Venture.
RS Venture Line Lengths:
|Recommended Line Options
|5mm Dinghy Control
|4mm Robline Sirius 500
|8mm Marlow Doublebraid
|6mm Marlow Doublebraid
|6mm Samson Ultra-Lite
|4mm Samson Amsteel-Blue Dyneema
|Mainsheet Bridle Take-up
RS Venture Frequently Asked Questions
Q: Ok, so what is difference between Venture S, Venture Venture Connect, Venture Connect SCS?
A: The Venture S was the original model - featuring only an unweighted centerboard. RS then introduced the Venture SE which is the same boat, with a Weighted Centerboard (127lbs) for increased stability. The family was expanded once more with the Venture Connect - which feature a retractable bulb keel. Finally, the Venture Connect SCS is used by Adaptive Sailing featuring the same keel as the Venture Connect, with seated control systems.
Q: This boat can live in the water right?
A: The Ventures with either a weighted centerboard or keel will happily live in the water :)
Q: It seems this boat can actually carry a ton of people?
A: Yes, this is one where the weight capacity actually is helpful. We’ve had programs use Ventures that have 7 kids and one instructor. 5 adults is actually no drama at all. It’s amazingly spacious.
Q: Can I put on an outboard motor?
A: Absolutely. There is a very simple and inexpensive bracket that mounts on the transom and then you can put an electric motor, or a small 2hp motor.
Q: What about stepping the mast alone?
A: We recommend raising and lowering the Venture mast with a friend. It’s not heavy, but it’s fairly long, and a second person makes it easier and safer.
Q: Compare the Quest to the Venture for me
A: The Venture, in every form, is a larger and more voluminous boat than the Quest. While a Quest is good for 3-4 adults, the Venture can take 6. The Venture is fiberglass compared to the Quests plastic hull. The Venture is a great boat to cover some decent distance with - it can be used as a weekend expedition boat and has the stability and room to make long sailing days completely comfortable.
About the RS Venture
The Optimist sailboat, affectionately known as the Opti, is a popular and iconic single-handed dinghy designed specifically for young sailors. Renowned for its simplicity, stability, and ease of use, the Optimist has become a staple in youth sailing programs worldwide. With a distinctive pram-like hull and a single, sprit-rigged sail, this small boat provides an excellent platform for beginners to learn the fundamentals of sailing. Its widespread use in sailing schools and junior regattas highlights its effectiveness in nurturing sailing skills and instilling confidence in young sailors, contributing to its status as one of the most widely sailed and recognizable boats in youth sailing.