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post #11 of 17 Old 12-01-2009
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You guys are my new heroes. This thread is exactly what I've been looking for for awhile (meaning with 2 yrs). My grandfather left a flying tern to me but it needs some restoration. I'm hoping you guys could point me towards some resources such as parts vendors. My major problem is that the ballast plugs are done and I need new ones before I can put it back on the water.

Thanks for any and all help!
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Flying tern Info

I just recently bought a Flying Tern and I also some of the original paper work I have some instructions and 3 diagrams of the boat if that is helpful to anyone. I have to get to a scanner and scan them so they will be online soon.
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Thumbs up Old time Flying Tern owner

I too am glad this very old posting was around. My family has a Tern that we bought used and have been sailing it each summer for 43 years. This is how I leaned to sail.

It is as quick now as it ever was. Have replaced the mast and sails but hull is in good shape (having repaired the hole from the hurricane some 20 yrs back).

I believe it is hull "918" which is branded into the underside of the hiking stick.

I have two questions -
1) The center board bolt (not a pin) has been rusting for years - but it is time to replace. Any advise for this thru hull bolt?

2) I also need to replace the bung covers for the seats/floatation tanks. They basically still work but starting to rot.

Happy Flying Tern owner on a lake in SE Connecticut.
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post #14 of 17 Old 08-05-2010
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Very glad to hear people got use of this OLD thread. Had the same situation with my old boat, that very few know about. Found some new information after many years passing since the original poster queried.

And, of course, people were admonished about reviving old threads and directed to read a thread ...

I'm wholly into the archive value of threads.

Still waiting for a response via PM on the specs of my boat. Then, I can share that information via email with a couple up in Canada who own a similar boat.

Have fun. Looking forward to a little boat time this weekend.

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flying tern group on facebook

Hi All, Just an FYI... In addition to the flying tern group on yahoo... which can be found at: flyingternsailboats : Flying Tern There are also a couple facebook pages/groups which have just been created in hopes of resurecting a flying tern organization. the one which is in use now can be found at: please come check it out, join, post pics, ask questions, etc... its new, so there isnt much yet, but all welcome!

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Re: Flying Tern sailboat

Originally Posted by anadon View Post
I just learned that the little 14'' boat I bought at a yard sale a couple of years ago is a Flying Tern, made by the Van de Stadt company of The Netherlands. My partner and I have been sailing and restoring the boat for two summers now. Are there other Flying Tern sailors out there? We''d like to make contact, share tips, learn where to buy sails, etc. It''s a sporty, fast little boat, though a little unstable. We love it.
I have the original jib, mainsail with battens, tiller and rudder for a 1968 (I think) Flying Tern that I'd like to sell. All in good condition for anyone looking to restore a boat. I can be reached at :

Michael W. Smith
336 Regina Court
Millersville, MD 21108

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Re: Flying Tern sailboat

There used to be a very good Dutch web page for this boat, but it is gone now. You can still view parts of it via Search for flying tern and see what turns (haha) up.
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