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Join Date: Dec 2006
Location: Beacon, NY
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Re: stabilizing the boat?
fj when you finally get er rigged and out there. Just stay in the shallows. and remember to never tie or lock the sails in place.
Old saying.. "when in doubt.. LET OUT!"
Has saved more then a few of us from getting wet. I owned my 30 footer 2 years before I was fiannlly able to "dip the rail" when solo on the boat.
I was into canoeing for many many years... getting past the fear of "going over" is really something to enjoy rather then fear. Yes, your little one is too small to be out there yet but that will come in time. You can use the racing dink as a day sailer if you reduce sail and choose your weather. Lots of floatation can make it easier to right the boat if she does go over, and the mast float is a very good idea.
Yes, and not to sound like my father, all it takes is sleeping in one day and she will be asking for the car keys, or so it feels like! Seems like my youngest ones were just in diapers, and now we are trying to decide on colleges, think boating is expensive, try Ivy League College!