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Have you gotten out on the water on your FJ yet?
Nope. Looking forward to some warmer weather, so I can get the thing out. The bow compartment normally has a wood cover. Not sure of the maker. I think it is Canadian. Still trying to get the maple syrup out of the bilge.

Again, I would keep the rigging simple until you figure out what you really need. Just run a rope, between two tangs on the transom for your traveler. My mainsheet consists of a block on the aft end of the boom (pictured), and one about mid-boom. The sheet goes down to the block at the front of the cockpit (could also be further back, I think). In the pictures, notice that there is a block next to the cleat. The jib sheet would go thru the block to the cleat on the other side of the boat. Don't spend too much time fixing, at the expense of sailing.

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Re: FJ in need of blocks, newbie at helm. Help!

I'll also weigh in on keeping your rigging simple to start with.
You should be able to sail it just fine with decent jib & main sheets. Add a traveler and you should be able to sail upwind a little better. Add a boom vang and you should be able to sail down wind a little better. I think that it is a good idea to know how to sail your boat well with the simplest of controls as you will then appreciate the ways that a traveler & vang can help shape the sail.
One of the reasons I like sailing a Sunfish is there is almost none, zero rigging on it; just a halyard and a sheet.

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Beginers need oto be cautious about not being conned ninto buying a lot of useless stuff they dont need, and may better of without. Keep it simple. go sailing simply , then slowy decide, based on your ever increasing experince, what you really need.

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I get it, now I'm inspired to make my own ropes, sails, spars, rigging, compass, gps, head and hull. No more consumerism for me.
The suggestion being that, if you can't make your own GPS, then you should never attempt to make your own blocks, or anything else for that matter?


I will have to stop saying "How stupid can you be." Some seem to be taking it as a challenge.

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FJ in need of blocks, newbie at helm. Help!

Or how much time one can waste making a $3 block for a dink. I really think you're joking about this.
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BS is not joking. Search his other posts.
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