The O’pen BIC has brought a wind of change to the world of dinghy sailing for kids. Designed specifically for kids, the O’pen BIC is a true glidemachine for real excitement on the water. The O’pen BIC, with its modern and powerful rig, is a fast boat, quick to respond, self-bailing, and is fitted by the best marine hardware manufacturers. (North, Ronstan, Robline). The O’pen BIC is THE link between the Optimist generation and the new generation of sailing dinghies.
The hull of the O’pen BIC was designed with fun sailing as the priority. It is a modern boat where the hull is as open as possible, thereby leaving the helmsman completely free to move around and trim the boat to any wind and water conditions. When hiking, the large sides allow the sailor to set-up comfortably with his/her feet in the straps without placing any unnecessary stress on the body. The totally open and sloping cockpit means that there is absolutely no water in the boat either during sailing or just after a capsize. A relatively hard chine design was chosen for the bottom shape of the hull. Used by numerous modern boat architects, this design offers an excellent compromise between performance and stability. When reaching or broad-reaching, the boat accelerates quickly to planing speed. When close-reaching, the boat sets on its chine and has excellent performance up wind. The hull includes integrated carry handles for easy launching into the water and easy transport.
The rig includes a fully-battened, 4.5qm mono-film sail with mast pocket, similar to that of a windsurf sail. Rigged on an epoxy mast, the sail has been designed with an open leech to give sailors maximum control and performance in windy conditions. The Cunningham tackle (6 threads + cleat) associated with the boom vang / boom safety attachment, allows sailors to trim efficiently the tension of the sail. The 3.8 qm dacron sail has been designed for clubs and can be rigged on the same mast and boom as the 4.5 qm monofilm rig.
Length : 2.75m
Width : 1.14m
Weight : 45kgs (hull only)
Hull technology : Thermoformed polyethylene
Ideal sailor weight : 30 to 65kgs
Max. user weight : 90kgs
Daggerboard : Composite Epoxy
Rudder Blade : Composite Epoxy
O’pen BIC Monofilm 4.5qm Rig
Sail: 4.5qm ; K film polyester - 4 battens/ajustable tension
Mast: 3.90m / 2 parts / 2 kg - fiberglass epoxy - IMCS 16
Boom: 2.00m - aluminium