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Re: First boat for small 9 yr old girl?

I have just under $500 into a Walker bay dinghy with sail kit but my best deal was a Sears Fleetwood that I bought a yard sale for $10. Both are fun to sail but I agree you should build a sailing dingy with your daughter.

I have a gaft sail rig mast and booms that you can have for $50 Plus shipping if possible from the MD area.
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Re: First boat for small 9 yr old girl?

The Portland Pudgy looks interesting.. and it can double as a lifeboat and dink for your big boat

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The Portland Pudgy looks interesting.. and it can double as a lifeboat and dink for your big boat

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It's interesting alright. I own and use one as my tender (and hopefully never) as my life raft. While I think they're a great liferaft and a decent tender, the joy of sailing them is modest at best. Therefore as a "sailing dinghy" to further the joy of sailing, I think you can do better.

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Re: First boat for small 9 yr old girl?

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Sunfish, Sunfish clones, or even cheaper - a Snark Sunflower - built like a drink cooler, styrofoam covered with plastic - unsinkable - I learned on one. After she outgrows it you can bring it out for backyard barbeques.
First reply and he nailed it...

I bought my daughter a Snark. She can easily drag it into the water, it's so light. It has a shallow rudder which makes beach launching and landing easier.

Her Snark came with the "Kool" sail. I bought a new one off eBay.

And we DID use it as a cooler at my 50th birthday party. (Up on a table, with the sail up at first, and using the shafts from two Fortress FX125 anchors to provide stability.)



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Re: First boat for small 9 yr old girl?

Brad somewhere is a picture of my sea snark with a pair of kegs in it, doing the same thing for my college graduation party. My brother still laughs when he sails the boat, you can see the rings from the kegs in the hull! He goes it was "yet another night I can't remember."

Great little boats, perfect, and safe to learn with.
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What I like in his picture is I see a decent amount of Yuengling lager.
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I like the idea of a boat that can't get swamped.

At this point I'm not looking to get her into competition, just learn skills and have fun.

I'll keep my eye on Craigslist and see what pops up.

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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.

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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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Re: First boat for small 9 yr old girl?

Having looked a little at the Snark Sunflower (website and videos), it really does look like a winner, in addition to building an Opti or a Nutshell, or purchasing a used Opti. They all seem to be great options.
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