Dinghy Sailing in the UK

There are fewer experiences as exhilarating as feeling the breeze rush past as you sail the waters of the UK.  If you're new to boating, dinghy sailing is the perfect way to test the waters, with opportunities just about anywhere – on inland waters like lakes and reservoirs or on the open sea. If you're an advanced sailor, it's time to take on a dinghy built for speed and adrenaline.

Dinghy insurance is essential to having a good time out on the water, whether you’re racing or cruising. Whatever your skill level, we've compiled a range of resources to bring your dinghy knowledge up to that of a pro.

Dinghy sailing is the perfect sport for anyone wanting to get into any type of sailing. If you’re unsure of where to start, follow our top tips...

Dinghy Tips & Advice

Owner's Advice: Top Tips For Dinghy Maintenance

When it comes to maintenance for any boat, there are a variety of things you need to know and regularly check. Find out everything you need to know about dinghy maintenance here.

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How to Choose the Class of Boat You're Going to Sail

Struggling to understand what dinghy class you'll need? We take a look at the top 5 considerations in choosing the right dinghy for your sailing requirements.

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How To Get Started Dinghy Sailing in the UK

Dinghy sailing is the perfect sport for anyone wanting to get into any type of sailing. If you’re unsure of where to start, follow our top tips...

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How To Be a Responsible Dinghy Owner

If you’ve just bought a dinghy and you’re looking for advice on the ins and outs of owning a dinghy, be sure to read our top tips.

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5 Signs You Need a New Sailing Dinghy

Questioning whether your sailing dinghy is still up to scratch? It can be tricky to tell when you need a new one, here are 5 signs to look out for...

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6 Things To Consider When Taking Your Dinghy Racing

Entering a dinghy race for the first time? Here are 6 things to consider when taking your dinghy racing...

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A Buyer’s Guide To Dinghy Insurance

Discover why you need dinghy insurance, what a typical insurance policy includes and what specific features to look for…

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Dinghy Comparison Cheat Sheet: Which brand is best?

Want to make sure you're picking the right dinghy? Use our cheat sheet to compare different brands and models.

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Dinghy Cheat Sheet

Insure Your Vessel

Get a quote for dinghy insurance

As with any boat, dinghies are a big investment, so you want to make sure you’re protecting both yourself and your vessel from damage, theft or accident. If it’s your first time buying dinghy insurance, or you’re looking to change insurance companies, read our Buyers Guide to Dinghy Insurance to find out what a typical policy includes and what specific features to look for.

With 0% interest finance options available, get dinghy boat cover from GJW Direct. Racing or leisure, we have a range of options for full peace of mind.

Some features of our dinghy boat cover include*:

  • Automatic racing cover and refund of entry fees for abandoned races
  •  Free personal belongings cover up to £350
  • New for old on all items

*subject to exclusions and limitations

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Sea Safety With Your Dinghy

Want to make sure you're staying safe at sea? Download our Sea Safety With Your Dinghy eBook!

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Dinghy Resources


Choosing The Right Equipment For Your Dinghy

We’ve put together a few tips to help you choose the best equipment for your dinghy, including hardware, ropes and rigging and safety equipment…

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Which RYA Dinghy Course Should You Take?

If you’re considering taking a course but aren’t sure where to begin, here’s a quick run through of the different RYA dinghy courses on offer…

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How to Store Your Dinghy All Year Round

Do you own a dinghy and are looking for advice on keeping it safely stored for most of the year? Discover more about your storage options here.

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Safety Equipment and Regulations Every Dinghy Owner Should Know

Regardless of your sailing experience, there's safety equipment and regulations that you may have missed! Check out our blog for more details.

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5 Tips on How to Dinghy Race Like a Pro

When you know what you’re doing, dinghy racing is a thrilling and challenging way to improve your sailing skills and have fun on the water.

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The Top 5 Dinghy Accessories You Need in Your Life

Sometimes, all you need is you, your dinghy and the open water. But at the same time, there are some accessories that you can’t do without, or ones that will make your life a whole lot easier.

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5 of the Best Dinghy Sailing Holiday Locations in the UK

The UK is host to a wealth of beautiful landscapes just waiting to be explored, and what better way to do it than on a dinghy?

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Top Tips for Small Sea Fishing in Your Dinghy

Whether you’re catching your supper or simply find it a relaxing pastime, there are plenty of ways you can hone your sea fishing skills. We’ve pulled together a few expert tips for you to keep in mind before your next trip out...

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Dinghy Sailing: Equipment and Safety Checks

We've created a handy checklist complete with all the necessary safety kit and personal items you'll need before every trip.

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Discover MyBoat

MyBoat is a free online portal for the boat owner community. It’s the only free boating service in the UK! MyBoat keeps all of your important boat information in one place and sends you alerts using its easy-to-use digital organiser. It also keeps you updated with the latest news, views and weather, tailored to your travels as well as offering you some amazing discounts, including:

 Safety products
 Boat fittings
 Cleaning products
Narrowboat accessories

How can I receive discounts with MyBoat?

To gain these discounts you have to have insurance from GJW Direct and have an account on MyBoat. Once on MyBoat, navigate to the My Discounts tab, where you’ll be able to see all of your own discounts. We’ve partnered up with some amazing companies to ensure you receive great discounts off boat essentials.

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    • Store all boating documentation
    • Set reminders for servicing equipment
    • GJW Direct customers can receive exclusive discounts