As a semi-development class, there is a wide variation in the types of Minisail that can be found. Nevertheless, there is significant parity between the differing types in terms of performance. Back in the 1970s, no one style dominated the national championships.
- Let's start with a Minisail with wooden hull. This is a picture of the Minisail as it should be seen – racing on the water! This is a wooden example, and if you look carefully, you should see that the hull is flat-bottomed, hence the nickname, the “Flying Punt”
- The most common Minisail is the GRP Monaco. This picture shows the hull clearly with its cockpit.
- This is an early Minisail dished deck example. You can clearly see the dished deck as opposed to the cockpit on other versions. This is Peter's boat, sporting wings which are allowed under the class rules.
- In this view of Peter sailing his early Minisail, you can see him sitting on the boat rather than in it. You can also see that the sail is held out at the end of the boom with a sail pocket rather than a clew outhaul. The mainsheet on this early boat runs from one corner of the transom, through a pulley on the end of the boom, and back down to a pulley on the other corner of the transom. The other interesting feature is the early and very different Minisail logo on the sail.
- Homebuilt Minisail composite hull. This is an example of a GRP hull which has been completed at home with wooden decks. The decking basically follows the plan for the Sprint, which has a long cockpit and an open transom, with a pivoting centreplate, although this example has some unique modifications.
- In this view of Tom's composite hull you can see the V-shape sported by the GRP hulls as opposed to the flat bottom of the wooden versions.
- The MiniSprint mk2 has an open transom with a self-draining cockpit. You can also see that the sliding seat is built in; and if you look carefully, you might see that there is a pivoting centreboard rather than the dagger board of other versions.
- This picture shows five Minisail hulls together, giving some idea of the variety of designs that exist - although there are plenty of boats without sliding seats, in spite of what you see here!