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Home » Sailnet Boat Reviews » F - Boats starting with 'F' » Flying Junior

 
Flying Junior Flying Junior
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Review Date: Wed April 30, 1997 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 0 

 
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Of course 13'3". My first sailboat. Lots to learn. Needs jibe sail. Needs to be updated. I bought it from a cowboy in Queen Creek AZ.
I want to bring the boat up to date. New ropes, pulleys, fang(?), etc. Need help from long time pro's.
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Review Date: Fri November 7, 1997 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 0 

 
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The FJ is a fun and stable boat for peoples who are learning or wants to sail with beginners.
It's easy to plane with an FJ.
The boat is light an easily trailerable.
There is a very interesting Internet site for information on how to get the best of your FJ (http://sailing.org/fj).

The only negative aspect I found is that the FJ is made for relatively light crew (no more than 280 pounds for the whole crew) if your regular crew is over that weight you will need winds over force 3 and a lot of practice to go on a plane.
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Review Date: Fri May 22, 1998 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 0 

 
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My wife and I love the boat except that its a bit small. Trailers very well, sets up and takes down quickly. Doesn't need much wind. Write if you have any info.
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Review Date: Wed January 20, 1999 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 0 

 
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Have owned 4 FJs over about 27 years- an Advance, and three Dynamic Plastics. Have sailed them for pleasure, and raced. Great little boat, has good room (for a 13 footer), fast, easy to maintain. Class people are nice, and very helpful. Worthwhile to join the class assn.- contact Pres. at : paukie1@aol.com. Only $15/year includes subscription to newsletter.
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Review Date: Sun February 28, 1999 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 0 

 
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Sail # 4044 Year ?
We purchased our FJ this past summer (1998) My two sons learned to sail her in a weekend. It takes us about 8 minutes to step the mast and rig her. In the water in 15.
Great boat to learn the relationship between crew weight and boat. The Flying Junior is a 13' 3" centerboard dinghy.
Weight is 200 #. Easy to trailer, easy to launch. Our boat needs some updating- Sails Rigging etc. If anyone has info please e-mail. We 've had great fun as a family with this great little boat and will keep it for a long time.



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Review Date: Sat May 29, 1999 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 0 

 
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Me and my brother have tons of fast fun in our FJ. As bowman, I get very wet on windy days. She tacks quickly, when done right. She can go in very shallow water, due to the auto-raising centerboard, which is very handy in the shallow lakes I live by. Ours has been through some heavy action. She was demasted and has filled half way up with water twice. Obviously, this is a great boat for beggining yet extreme sailors. The FJ can be sailed calmly with reduced sail, or you can push it for great action.
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Review Date: Mon August 14, 2000 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 0 

 
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8/14/00 - Just bought the boat from Dave Riordan (see other reviews) on Saturday - put it in the water on Sunday and we were off. It was my 13 year old son's first sail & my first since the sunfish of my youth (16 years ago) - had a great time, great boat to teach my son on (& me to remember) - looking forward to more weekends before weather gets cold (near Chicago)
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Registered: March 2001
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Review Date: Fri August 13, 2004 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: $650.00 | Rating: 7 

 
Pros: a good boat to learn on and race
Cons: hard to sail single handed

A one design for beginnners to learn how to race. That is how this boat got started but now it is a very popular racing class. I didn't know any of this when I bought it - I just wanted to learn how to sail. Now I am realizing that the boat carries a lot of sail for its size and is pretty sensitive. So I am learning a lot and hope to learn more sailing for a whole season.

I bought the boat in September of 2000 and sailed it deep into the fall on lakes near my home in Iowa. I am sailing this mostly singlehanded. This means it takes longer to setup and in any type of stiff breaze (for me that means 12 knots and above) I only use the main.

Once my son and I took it out in 20 mile an hour winds. We swamped it twice and ran aground once. This year I am going to put in a reef point so I can sail it more easily singlehanded in stronger winds.


Update August 2001.

I put a Jiffy reef in just below the lowest batten. I was out, singlehanded, in a 15Knot breeze and it worked great. I still had plenty of power to get up on a plane but didn't have to wrestle with the tiller and main sheet to keep it upright.

I am having trouble with leaky self bailers. I pulled them out and re-seated them with epoxy and new gaskets. The epoxy was a mistake (now it will be difficult to replace them) and the gaskets were home made versions that were made of a too hard material and the bailers still leak. The final solution for this season has been Duct Tape. In the off season I'll take another crack at it.

Update November 2002

I haven't sailed this little beauty since last year because I bought a Catalina 22 Fin keel. I am going to sell it after some much needed work.

Anyone interested - it has a trailer.

Update Aug 2004.

Sold the boat last Summer. I fixed the leaky bailers before selling by just replacing the gaskets. The hard part was finding them on the net. Also replaced the access ports. I sold it for what I bought it for $650. So cost of sailing for 2 seasons was about $150. Not bad.
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