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Re: stabilizing the boat?
I had a Sunfish clone for a few years, and now an FJ for a season. I sailed dinghys a bit in sailing school. I am not that great of a sailor, and have never capsized any of those boats by mistake. If you pay attention and keep your hand on the tiller and the mainsheet, you should be able to keep her upright. Granted, the FJ has a pretty powerful rig for a boat that size. Just pick easy days for taking your daughter out (bring a paddle, don't buy a motor). Find another dinghy sailor to take out on frisky days. BTW, I don't think the FJ would sail very well on the main alone. Couple other ideas: You could have reefing points put in the sail. You could also find sails for a smaller dinghy and run them on windier days. We would go out with the sails from our 12' dinghies, bent-on to the 20' sloops in heavy weather. The trick would be finding (or installing) slugs that match the FJ mast. However, I really don't think either of these ideas is the way to go. I would just leave it be, and learn to sail the FJ as-is.
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Last edited by Barquito; 12-11-2013 at 07:17 PM.