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July 08, 2024 2 min read

Laser Pico vs Ocean Play Pico Dinghy

Pico sailing dinghy

Over the past couple of years you may have seen some mention of the Ocean Play Pico, rather than the Laser Pico.


The Laser Pico is a very well respected sailing dinghy which has been popular with sailing centres, sailing clubs and with individuals all over the World - it's the perfect base for experiencing sailing and learning.


In 2002 the rights for Laser Performance to sell the Pico dinghy ran out from builder Jo Richards. At this time Jo searched for a new builder for the Pico, Bug, Vago and Bahia - boats which have been built by Laser Performance since their initial design.


RS Marine Group agreed to be the new builder of the boats and started a new company called Ocean Play as a new brand for the sailing dinghies and their parts.


This is where the Ocean Play Pico has come from with the removal of the Laser Pico.

Laser Pico
Ocean Play Pico

Pico Key Stats

  • Length - 3.5m
  • Beam - 1.43m
  • Hull Weight - 60kg

Pico Sail Sizes

The Pico has the following sail sizes and comes with a normal main sail as standard.

  • Normal Main - 5.1 m2
  • Jib - 1.57 m2
  • Sport Main - 6.44 m2

What's the Difference Between the Laser Pico and Ocean Play Pico?

There are only two small differences between the original Laser Pico and the newer Ocean Play Pico:

  • The colour of the sails, Ocean Play have added white sails with blue detailing
  • The mainsail now comes with vertical battens which can still roll around the mast and allow the main to be reefed

Apart from that you'll get exactly the same boat, with the same parts, from the same original sources.

What's Included with a New Boat?

  • The hull
  • Top and bottom mast sections
  • Boom
  • Mainsail
  • Jib
  • All ropes and fittings
  • Rudder, tiller and tiller extension
  • Daggerboard

We also offer the Pico boat package which includes a long lasting PVC cover and steel launching trolley.