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Old 04-06-2013
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Hey everyone!

This is my first post on here, and I'm new at everything sailing, actually.

My grandfather sailed on Lake Erie for roughly 40+ years on various boats he owned. Unfortunately, he sold his last boat before I was old enough to get interested in sailing. That being said, I took sailing lessons last summer and caught the sailing bug.... hard.

After learning in Aqua Finns and Laser Picos, the whole rental (and being unable to rent from Oct-Apr) thing got really old fast. I went in search of my own boat, but had specific needs.

I wanted something that could haul two, was reasonably quick, small, light, and cheap. After searching for a while, I decided on something around the 14ft range, but needed something that would be reasonably dry for year-round usage.

That being said, I ended up with a great first boat- a 1967 Advance CFJ
(I'm having some issues finding much rigging info on these older hulls... ANY help would be greatly appreciated! I know some things are definitely not right)

Let the adventure begin....
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Re: New Sailor, New Boat

Is picture uploading broken?

I keep getting 'upload failed' messages when trying to attach messages.

Also, does anyone have any experience with these old CFJs?
Any rigging tips?
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Welcome to SailNet, Red. Congrats on the new boat!

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Welcome! Can't wait to see her!
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Re: New Sailor, New Boat

Thanks for the welcome, everyone!

I took my FJ out for its maiden (since taking ownership) this Sunday, and boy did I learn a lot.

I'll be the first to say that I don't have much experience other than the Picos and Sunfish, but the rigging on the FJ is definitely a bit more extensive. I believe I've gotten most of it figured out, just have to update a lot of things, as the boat is all original. Even though it's a 1966, it's been garaged for 25+ years before the PO semi-restored it and I bought it. Needless to say, it needs a solid addition of blocks....

Trying to get it all figured out, but I'll ask specific questions in other threads

Thanks again for your support, and I hope to talk with everyone soon!
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You can learn a lot on a sunfish. I learned to swim quite well. Sailboats are much like airplanes, the bigger they are the easier they are to sail/ fly. Welcome aboard.
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You can probably find rigging information for your CFJ on the class website:

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