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ACCESS 303
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controls hard to reach

poor visibility

wrong keels can be fitted
(303 pic taken at UK Nats 04)

EDITORIAL REVIEW

Updated Jan 05 - Report by Mike Wood, spinal injury at C6/7, paralysed from chest down with partial use of hands, good triceps and biceps and some lats - Updated Nov 04. Based on sailing Access Dinghies over a period of 10 years at Club, National and International Competition level.







QUOTE FROM ACCESS WEBSITE.......The 303 Wide is ideal for those sailors who wish to take their sailing a stage further. This boat has a taller rig with the addition of a jib so there are two extra control lines to handle, but the heavier keel, same steering and similar hull design parameters to the smaller 2.3 ensures these boats are also extremely safe and easy to sail.

The Access 303 Wide will balance perfectly when sailed single-handed, yet also balance when sailed by two full sized adults. The end result is an inexpensive, very versatile, exciting, yet very relaxing and comfortable boat to sail.



Class Association - unknown - more boat details at http://www.accessdinghy.org/equipment/boats


My judgement is that the 303 is probably the best of the Access Range and even then... not very good....

5/10 - As a boat for all types of disabilities - the seat, controls and not being able to see where you are going at times make this boat difficult for some disabilities.

1/10 - As a boat for experienced disabled sailors - its looks, poor performance, controls and fittings will not attract experienced sailors.

3/10 - As a training boat - cant reach controls, seating, sail materials, control layout hinders training.

5/10 - Ease of rigging - the keel is a real problem but it is possible to leave masts in so rigging is just a matter of trying to get the furlers to work.

1/10 - Ease of transport and launching - the weight and method of fitting the keel make this very difficult and potentially dangerous.

4/10 - Controls - are of poorly positioned and of poor quality and unreliable.

3/10 - Quality of fittings and build - the moldings are good but fittings poor.

9/10 - Getting in and out - very easy, and very comfortable for almost everyone.

4/10 - Sailing qualities - the polythene???? sails are poor and difficult to set well, the boat does not point very well.

5/10 - As a club boat - its initial low cost is out weighed by high maintenance costs the keel and poor quality of controls.

SCORES 39/100 ON THE BOAT CHART

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MY OPPINION.......

This is my favourite of the Access range but it has all the bad things from 2.3 (see 2.3 review) and nothing good to add, except that it does sail a lot better than the 2.3 and the Liberty.... save your money!





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