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I'm so excited! Last Friday someone in my area posted a free AMF Flying Fish sailboat on our local Freecycle mailing list and I was the first to reply! We picked it up tonight and it's in really good shape! It even came with a beach trailer! My boys started cleaning it when we got it home but they still have work to do. My wife is going to figure out what we need to do to get it registered and if we can get the stickers I think we'll hit the lake tomorrow! The sails need a tiny bit of love (a few small rips but nothing major), there are a few small cracks in the fiberglass but nothing flimsy or through the hull, and everything looks pretty darn good! I've got to find a drain plug for the back of it and tomorrow I'll take a better look at the cracks. From what I saw tonight it's solid as a rock. My boys are freaking out because they've been in Optis and Sunfish so far and this thing is huge compared to both those boats. I'll let you know if we sink once we get it registered.

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Cool... you lucked out... most free boats are generally very expensive things to get.

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Don't know about Michigan but here you don't need to register a boat that doesn't have a motor, might wanta check.
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Florida is also that way. No motor, no need to register.
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Hope it turns out to be in as good a shape as it sounds, have a great time tomorrow. We have to register anything over 16' and/or anything with 10hp or more.

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Free! I like free. Those Flying Fish boats are actually pretty good little sailboats. You'll need hiking straps for sure though. The first thing I would do is practice righting, as they like to tip over. They're easy to right, but I'd still try it once or twice before you go out. And if it's the model with the little round cuddy cabin/storage area, you might want a cover for the hole, or it will fill up with water, every time you're knocked over. Also, make sure your boys don't get stuck in the hole, because they WILL try to fit in there.
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Cool... you lucked out... most free boats are generally very expensive things to get.
Tell me about it! I still can't believe how lucky we are!

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Hope it turns out to be in as good a shape as it sounds, have a great time tomorrow. We have to register anything over 16' and/or anything with 10hp or more.
From what I can tell this thing is 16' long. It's got a watercraft sticker from 1995 on it but no numbers. I'm going to call the secretary of state and find out what we need to do to get a new sticker.

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Free! I like free. Those Flying Fish boats are actually pretty good little sailboats. You'll need hiking straps for sure though. The first thing I would do is practice righting, as they like to tip over. They're easy to right, but I'd still try it once or twice before you go out. And if it's the model with the little round cuddy cabin/storage area, you might want a cover for the hole, or it will fill up with water, every time you're knocked over. Also, make sure your boys don't get stuck in the hole, because they WILL try to fit in there.
I love free when it's in shape like this boat! It came with hiking straps so we should be all set. Heck, it even came with an oar!

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