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Re: First boat for small 9 yr old girl?

Here's a great deal on a Snark for $80 that popped up on eBay. A little too far away for me, sadly.

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Here's a great deal on a Snark for $80 that popped up on eBay. A little too far away for me, sadly.

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Yes, that's a great child's boat.

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Re: First boat for small 9 yr old girl?

I taught both of my boys around age 8 in an El Toro. Yes, you can swamp an El Toro but I don't recall either of my boys swamping it. I do recall some smart ass adults after watching my boys sail the El Toro jumping in and swamping it though. I would not hesitate to start my granddaughter of in an El Toro. I love her way to much to shove her off in a Pudgy. Where is the dignity in a boat that looks like a suppository? The El Toro, with a small kid as crew, can really scoot.
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Re: First boat for small 9 yr old girl?

I started at nine years old. My dad bought an El Toro kit and we put it together...great bonding experience. She will learn how sail trimming affects the boat as they are very tender. You can sail with her to get her started..Great starter boat.
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Re: First boat for small 9 yr old girl?

Just bought my little guy a Zuma. He's 9 years old.

He has the rigging and operation all figured out and we haven't even had it on the water yet.

Sailing lessons this summer, then he can follow along behind us when we are cruising in our Merit!

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Re: First boat for small 9 yr old girl?

Unless you are entering her in a school program that uses Optimists, skip the Optimist.

The Optimist is a training boat for kids who want to race, other kids leanring in Optimists, tend to drop out of sailing.

Get a boat big enough for your daughter AND HER BEST FRIEND (or you for that matter). Young girls want to hang with their friends, a two person boat enables them to sail and to socialize. (Young boys want to follow the girls...)

An N10 is a nice learning boat N10 Association | Serving Sailors for N10 class boats and used to be the predominate training boat in the NE. Wood versions are cheapo.

If you can use a dingy for cruising, buy something like a tech IC dingy Sailing and the Tech Dinghy. She can sail it and then you take in on vacation and use it for frostbiting...
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Re: First boat for small 9 yr old girl?

I was fortunate to have a small cat boat when my son was young. A 15' Marshal Sandpiper. Not inexpensive but easily re sold if and when you are done with it. Very safe and roomy. Single sail with three reefs. Gaff rigged so de-powering is quick, "Scandalize the Gaff", Barn door rudder is shallow and doesn't trip the boat in a gust. It heels and points up. With the cb up it will out run an IOD flying a chute downwind. Ha! A great island camper, too. You can run it up onto any beach, Even here in Maine there is always a space big enough to land on. Fun to play with. Fun is important! There is also a bit of varnishing. I find that helps with "Bonding". Pride enters into it.

My biggest concern was the power of the boom. Helmets required! John is still sailing it at 30. He introduced his fiancee to sailing in it and will likely do the same with his kids. I am still sailing it. too. A great boat. A good investment and I didn't appreciate the long term value when I got it. We have moved up a little but can't part with our shallow water, wind powered, patio, "Drinking Bird". In my avatar that is the bell off East Bunker's Ledge from Drinking Bird headed to Baker Island out of Seal Harbor.

A small cat boat might be a good choice. There are others. The Beetle Cat is a great boat. Kids can handle it. With assistance at first, of course, but it doesn't take long to be in need of an upgrade unless you start with something they can grow into. You would need a dock, a mooring (which we had) or trailer support to have "independent" access to one. The skills to row to a mooring safely came way before taking Drinking Bird out anyway.

No jib is a two edged sword I suppose but it didn't take any time for any of us at every age to adjust to a sloop, too. Now we look forward to heading out with only one sail to deal with. Pointing Not So Much but 45 degrees is close enough if you plan accordingly. The shortcuts you can take with the board up make up any lost time.

Think long term if you can. I'm just making a suggestion from experience.

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Re: First boat for small 9 yr old girl?

When your daughter is just a bit older, a Bic O'Pen would be a great little boat. Much more exciting and fashionable than some of the old tubs. And, it would keep you safely away from the Opti Parent Mafia.
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