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05-24-2010 04:16 PM
blt2ski Thats got one of the BIG V6 motors eh! Dad had a 250 I6 about that era, with a three in the tree!, not sure of gearing. I had an 81 with a 292, 4.10s muncie 4 spd. Pulled better than some 454's I had during that same time frame too, up to about 35-45 mph, after than the 292 ran out of steam. Kinda like the NA 7.3 in my dumptruck.

Marty
05-24-2010 01:10 PM
Stillraining Fast... trust me..it wont be...

V6, manual steering , manual breaks and a 4 speed with a 4.11 geared rear end... This was the heavy duty 3/4 ton back in the day.

Clutching and steering is going to be a hand full for that little sprout..

She will think your boats faster off the line..Juneau what I mean..

But hey I like the idea of 0 to 55 mph in 38 seconds...
05-24-2010 12:45 AM
blt2ski Yeah, and when she is done with that, she will have a bumper sticker that says, "Its red, its fast and its mine!"

OR "silly boyz, twucks are for GRRRRRRRRLZZZZZZZZZ"

Just be glad that thing is not a dully, my eldest daughter likes to steel my truck every chance she can! youngest prefers trucks too, but smaller versions!

Marty
05-23-2010 08:29 PM
Stillraining Well as my Middle daughter has decided on Sail boat racing for her Senior project...and the training up of the young continues in that regard, mind you Im not a racer so Marty and David are seeing to that and have stepped up and offered rides for her this summer possibly another boat out of the same marina as well..I will keep you all updated on her Senior Project Thread about all that.

Now my youngest @ 15 isn't hankering to do the same project as her sister, even though she said it sounded "way-cool!"...and that alone made dad happy just hearing that, and Im keeping track of who says what for future amunition...

No instead she has her sites set on obtaining a set of wheels. ..so she wants to undertake the restoration of my wife's old 65 GMC PU..

Well now... Dad wasn't raised no dummy and quickly his mind figured out a nautical advantage to this situation...you see our boat needs painted so the "Training up of my young" has another twist in it she hasn't considered yet...Hee! Hee!..

Besides that!.. come collage time..I figure Charlie Cobra may need Summer help one of these days, sanding, fairing and painting boats in his new venture so I might as well start training one up for him..

Not bad for an old red neck eh?
05-04-2010 02:16 PM
Stillraining Great advice Vitesse!

I love that picture to Ron!...I really like the stillraining shadow you have going as well...I don't feel so small town hick now..

Thanks Brother!
05-04-2010 01:21 PM
Vitesse473 I always like to say that while I'm 37 years old, I've actually been sailing for 37.9 years, as my Mom and Dad were out sailing before I was born. My father raced Stars with the venerable Tom Blackaller, and i grew up sailing FJ's and our families Ericson 29 and later Bene38s5 (boy what an upgrade that was). I then got into racing, which increased my knowledge exponentially, and solidified my love of the sport. Oddly, neither of my brothers are into sailing. Even my brother who raced for the Naval Academy.

Anyway, all three of my kids (8, 6 and 3) have been sailing their whole lives, and they all really love being on the boat. I hope they all carry on my passion for sailing.

Best tip to get them hooked: sailing camp
Dumbest thing to do: scare them
Best family trip: Sea of Cortez on our boat
Best advice: Have fun things for them to do while sailing or anchoring out. eg; coloring, games, fishing, even a movie or two. Charts and sextants should not be pushed on any child.
05-04-2010 10:06 AM
Faster Here's my (so far) favourite picture of our granddaughter on the boat... last year, when she was just 18 months old.

05-04-2010 01:38 AM
ODaySundance cormeum: what a great photo!

Our kids (grown) all enjoy going out with us, the grandkids LOVE it. Granted, our 4 year-old granddaughter grabs a 'boat towel', drapes it around her shoulders and in the midst of a tack or gybe will say, "grandma, lets play princess". Still, she loves going to the boat even if we're not headed out on the water. Her two year old brother loves walking the deck with me to either pull in or toss out fenders. They are very adept at navigating the companionway even whilst negotiating wakes. It is so much fun to watch.
Whether or not they become sailors themselves is to be seen, they will undoubtedly have fantastic memories of being under sail.
Their parents (our kids) are just waiting for the right time to buy their own boat...
04-20-2010 11:48 AM
IslandLover I love this thread. I don't have any kids but I did learn to love being on the water when I was young. Each time my family got invited out on our neighbor's boat, my mom's enthusiasm became contagious. That excitement has followed me into adulthood and eventually led me to sailing. So, from my perspective, retaining an ability to be thrilled by sailing experiences and letting your kids see you in action is the best way to get them hooked!
04-20-2010 09:55 AM
BoxedUp I fell in love with the sea at an early age when I would go out on my Uncle's boats and it has drawn me closer as the years went by.

I would take my 2 boys out on my own boat when they were young. The little one at that time wasn't so thrilled because he was 3, it was a 19' motor boat and he was held by his Mom when we were underway. After the boys got too big and the boat got too small, I took up an interest in sailing and would take them out on a daysailer.

When they were 19 & 22, they joined us on a week long charter in the BVI and will be joining us again next month. How many young adults want to go away with their parents on vacation (never-mind that the old man foots the bill)?

Don't think I'm not using their desire to spend sailing time with us to my own advantage. Just telling my wife that she'll see her kids more if we owned our own boat is like money in the bank! Which is ironic, because when we do get that boat, there won't be money in the bank anymore.....
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