Thanks for all the interest and advice, we already have one wooden optimist (£200) for my son, age 8, and are now looking for a boat for my daughter, age 6.
My son has had great fun in his boat and it is teaching him a lot about the water and some sailing has happened as well. I am looking forward to some more family days out on the Hamble, up past Eastland boatyard, again this year.
Our club is very low key in terms of racing at this age, by the time that comes they will have moved on to better boats, but I am not going to charge around the country believing my two are going to be the next best thing, we are out on the water for good times and to meet good people.
I am looking for a good around boat that won't leak and will look OK, as far as our club is concerned, it’s important that it is and Optimist/Oppy so all the children are in basically the same boats.
Any further comments gratefully received.
Here is what £200 got me: