RS Zest Resources

The RS Zest is a vibrant and user-friendly sailing dinghy, designed for beginners and recreational sailors, featuring a stable hull, modern rigging, and easy handling to provide an enjoyable on-water experience. West Coast Sailing has all the resources you need to rig, find replacement parts, and enjoy sailing your RS Zest.

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RS Zest Line Lengths:

Description Length Diameter Line Type Quantity Recommended Line Options
Jib Halyard 16 ft 5mm Halyard  1 5mm Robline Sirius 500
Mainsheet  24 ft  8mm  Sheet  8mm Marlow Doublebraid
Jib Sheet  19 ft  6mm  Sheet  6mm Marlow Doublebraid
Vang at Cleat  3 ft  4mm  Control Line  4mm Samson Amsteel-Blue Dyneema
Vang at Blocks  8 ft  5mm  Control Line   5mm Robline Sirius 500
Cunningham  3 ft  4mm  Control Line   4mm Robline Sirius 500
Outhaul  13 ft 4mm  Control Line   4mm Robline Sirius 500
Outhaul Take-up  5 ft  5mm Control Line   5mm Shockcord 
Vang Boom Block Tie  2 ft  3mm  Misc. 3mm Robline Dinghy Control 
Centerboard Retainer 2 ft  5mm  Misc.  5mm Shockcord 
Clew Tie Down  2 ft  3mm  Misc.  3mm Samson Amsteel-Blue Dyneema 
Hiking Straft Aft 3 ft  5mm  Misc.  5mm Shockcord 
Hiking Strap Fwd  2 ft  5mm  Misc.  5mm Shockcord 
Mainsheet Bridle  4 ft 4mm  Misc.  4mm Robline Sirius 500 


RS Zest Frequently Asked Questions

Q: How does the furling work on the Zest, and how does that compare to other boats in its class?

A: Furling on the Zest is super easy. Unclip the vang, easy the outhaul and twist the mast once, twice, three times or as much as you need for the wind and sailor experience levels. Then tension the outhaul, clip the vang back on and off you go. It's one of the easiest furling boats we sell.

Q: The boat has a jib, should I get it?

A: The Zest jib is very popular, but it's also not mandatory here. It's fairly small sized. We suggest if you will sail with a second person, definitely get the jib. If you will be sailing by yourself mostly, and you want a bit more to do. Get it. If you want the ultimate in lazy sailing days - skip it.

Q: This boat has a centerboard, where most other boats this size do not. That seems smart, is it?

A: This is one of the defining features of the boat compared to others like it. Sail right onto a beach, pull it onto a dock or hit something in the water - and the board kicks right back.

Q: Does the boat sit flat on a dock or beach?

A: It does, so, getting into it and out of on the beach or a a dock is really confidence inspiring.

Q: Is it easy for kids to right after a capsize?

A: The Zest has a lot of safety features, including built in grab handles on the underside of the boat. Kids should always be supervised when sailing a new boat the first number of times, but, in general, the Zest is quite easy to flip back over after a capsize.


About the RS Zest

The RS Zest is a lively and approachable sailing dinghy, crafted with a focus on simplicity and enjoyment for sailors of all levels. Boasting a stable hull design, modern rigging, and straightforward controls, the Zest offers a friendly entry point for beginners while delivering an engaging and responsive sailing experience. With its vibrant design and adaptability for both single-handed and double-handed sailing, the RS Zest is a versatile choice for those seeking a light-hearted introduction to the world of sailing or a relaxed day out on the water with friends and family.

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