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Re: First boat for small 9 yr old girl?

Originally Posted by TomMaine View Post
Some sailing dinghy's will go over if you blow on them. I built this Nutshell when my daughter was 2 or 3 (she helped,...). Both our kids learned to sail in it and it's never gone over in 20 years of dinghy sailing. It is very stiff, so is an Opti.

They got it pretty quickly(sailing), and would go off "where ever they wanted"(never out of our sight). Then they learned how to make it come back, that's the tough part but once you learn that, the rest of sailing is easy.

She was about 8 here sailing in very light air taking a friend on a first sail.

Wow! A definite success story....

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