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12-15-2013 04:07 PM
Barquito
Re: stabilizing the boat?

Don't bother with a boom vang at first. Some dingy vangs don't even have blocks (not adjustable underway).
12-14-2013 04:06 PM
miatapaul
Re: stabilizing the boat?

Hey perhaps you could rig up some outriggers and make her into a trimaran?
12-14-2013 11:14 AM
miatapaul
Re: stabilizing the boat?

Quote:
Originally Posted by deniseO30 View Post
fj when you finally get er rigged and out there. Just stay in the shallows. and remember to never tie or lock the sails in place.

Old saying.. "when in doubt.. LET OUT!"
Has saved more then a few of us from getting wet. I owned my 30 footer 2 years before I was fiannlly able to "dip the rail" when solo on the boat.

I was into canoeing for many many years... getting past the fear of "going over" is really something to enjoy rather then fear. Yes, your little one is too small to be out there yet but that will come in time. You can use the racing dink as a day sailer if you reduce sail and choose your weather. Lots of floatation can make it easier to right the boat if she does go over, and the mast float is a very good idea.
Yes, and not to sound like my father, all it takes is sleeping in one day and she will be asking for the car keys, or so it feels like! Seems like my youngest ones were just in diapers, and now we are trying to decide on colleges, think boating is expensive, try Ivy League College!
12-14-2013 11:08 AM
deniseO30
Re: stabilizing the boat?

fj when you finally get er rigged and out there. Just stay in the shallows. and remember to never tie or lock the sails in place.

Old saying.. "when in doubt.. LET OUT!"
Has saved more then a few of us from getting wet. I owned my 30 footer 2 years before I was fiannlly able to "dip the rail" when solo on the boat.

I was into canoeing for many many years... getting past the fear of "going over" is really something to enjoy rather then fear. Yes, your little one is too small to be out there yet but that will come in time. You can use the racing dink as a day sailer if you reduce sail and choose your weather. Lots of floatation can make it easier to right the boat if she does go over, and the mast float is a very good idea.
12-14-2013 03:13 AM
fj007
Re: stabilizing the boat?

Thanks buddy, I appreciate the encouragement. I was really dissapointed for a little there thinking I had wasted a bunch of time and money (well not too much money I guess)
I am really looking forward to sailing this thing. I will try and make a few friends at jacomo and see if i cant get somebody out with me the first time or two who knows what they are doing.
12-14-2013 02:19 AM
Lou452
Re: stabilizing the boat?

Quote:
Originally Posted by jimgo View Post
BTW, if you decide to sell, or even to get more FJ-specific info, check out:
International Flying Junior Organisation

Denise, this is what one looks like:
Nice vintage FG at the extreme ! Sailing by what looks like some real pros A lot different than what us mortals can master Nice post !
Good day, Lou
12-14-2013 02:12 AM
Lou452
Re: stabilizing the boat?

[QUOTE=jimgo;1211266]Denise, the boat in the first video is very different from the FJ, and the kids in both videos are much older than 2. I don't disagree that keeping the FJ is an option, but as a practical matter, with a 2 year old, it's not the best choice.

Looks like my FJ ? They have made the FJ for a number of years all over the world. The FJ may not look the exact same if it is 20 years new or older. The FJ is now old maybe old school ? It is not a Moth or a laser with foils just a good trainer boat.
Kids do not stay 2 forever. Time has more speed than any of us can imagine.
Good day, Lou
12-14-2013 01:40 AM
Lou452
Re: stabilizing the boat?

I think 007 is off to a good start ! The FJ is a good little boat. He found this one for a low price. A little boat . A little fix, little $ and when you bang it up break that part on the rig or drag the bottom It is only a small problem and expense. Who would want to start with a new large boat and end up with a small wallet ? Notice I said when... not if you bang it up.
Who buys a dirt bike an expects not to dump. If you sail you will or at least from the little I have seen and even heard talk of you will break gear.
I use my FJ in two small lakes. I can not get the Catalina in those two lakes. The FJ has been a great teacher.
My wife started with one rule dump me over and it is over. I think now the rule has been amended ? We started her on a sunfish. I sail very different when she is with me. Now she took a class. The bug has bitten The wind now calls her name and she hears it. 007 will do the same I am sure. He is smart He will start slow make a mistake and learn. Life is good.
Fair winds my friend 007, Lou
12-13-2013 10:45 PM
deniseO30
Re: stabilizing the boat?

small boats = getting wet. for many years I was into canoe tripping in the adirondacks. maine a couple of times.. yes getting wet is part of the fun! except maybe the time... :O
12-13-2013 10:06 PM
paulk
Re: stabilizing the boat?

For stability you need heavy. Heavy generally means bigger, and bigger means more money most of the time. Even a Lightning (19' with a 150 pound steel centerboard) can capsize if you don't know what you're doing in a good breeze. A small keelboat might be more expensive, but will definitely be more stable. We acquired a Pearson Resolute for our first family boat, for about what you're looking to spend. It was old, from the '60's, but essentially indestructible. (That's how it got to be so old.) It had bench seats in a huge cockpit, enough sail to move it when there was wind, and a big enough transom for a small motor when there wasn't. We felt secure enough to take our 6-week old out in it. A Daysailor (keel version) or Ensign would be similar, and you might be able to find one of these around that needed some paint for not much more than your FJ. The sense of security a keel provides can be priceless.
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