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07-15-2015 01:17 PM
Re: Flying Tern sailboat

There used to be a very good Dutch web page for this boat, but it is gone now. You can still view parts of it via Search for flying tern and see what turns (haha) up.
07-13-2015 12:43 PM
Re: Flying Tern sailboat

Originally Posted by anadon View Post
I just learned that the little 14'' boat I bought at a yard sale a couple of years ago is a Flying Tern, made by the Van de Stadt company of The Netherlands. My partner and I have been sailing and restoring the boat for two summers now. Are there other Flying Tern sailors out there? We''d like to make contact, share tips, learn where to buy sails, etc. It''s a sporty, fast little boat, though a little unstable. We love it.
I have the original jib, mainsail with battens, tiller and rudder for a 1968 (I think) Flying Tern that I'd like to sell. All in good condition for anyone looking to restore a boat. I can be reached at :

Michael W. Smith
336 Regina Court
Millersville, MD 21108

08-06-2011 06:42 PM
flying tern group on facebook

Hi All, Just an FYI... In addition to the flying tern group on yahoo... which can be found at: flyingternsailboats : Flying Tern There are also a couple facebook pages/groups which have just been created in hopes of resurecting a flying tern organization. the one which is in use now can be found at: please come check it out, join, post pics, ask questions, etc... its new, so there isnt much yet, but all welcome!

Happy Sailing!
08-05-2010 04:14 PM
carl762 Very glad to hear people got use of this OLD thread. Had the same situation with my old boat, that very few know about. Found some new information after many years passing since the original poster queried.

And, of course, people were admonished about reviving old threads and directed to read a thread ...

I'm wholly into the archive value of threads.

Still waiting for a response via PM on the specs of my boat. Then, I can share that information via email with a couple up in Canada who own a similar boat.

Have fun. Looking forward to a little boat time this weekend.
08-05-2010 01:24 PM
Old time Flying Tern owner

I too am glad this very old posting was around. My family has a Tern that we bought used and have been sailing it each summer for 43 years. This is how I leaned to sail.

It is as quick now as it ever was. Have replaced the mast and sails but hull is in good shape (having repaired the hole from the hurricane some 20 yrs back).

I believe it is hull "918" which is branded into the underside of the hiking stick.

I have two questions -
1) The center board bolt (not a pin) has been rusting for years - but it is time to replace. Any advise for this thru hull bolt?

2) I also need to replace the bung covers for the seats/floatation tanks. They basically still work but starting to rot.

Happy Flying Tern owner on a lake in SE Connecticut.
07-22-2010 03:24 PM
Flying tern Info

I just recently bought a Flying Tern and I also some of the original paper work I have some instructions and 3 diagrams of the boat if that is helpful to anyone. I have to get to a scanner and scan them so they will be online soon.
12-01-2009 10:10 AM
lyrch You guys are my new heroes. This thread is exactly what I've been looking for for awhile (meaning with 2 yrs). My grandfather left a flying tern to me but it needs some restoration. I'm hoping you guys could point me towards some resources such as parts vendors. My major problem is that the ballast plugs are done and I need new ones before I can put it back on the water.

Thanks for any and all help!
10-22-2009 08:53 PM
CalebD Ya gotta love SailingDog and ya gotta' wonder how many of his 35K + posts have been reminding people that the thread they replied to are MORE THEN X YEARS old. His advice about things nautical is always valuable but when he is working for the 'old thread posting' police he is more of a barking SailingDog then a helping one.
I belong to several groups and many of them are slow and obscure enough that no one cares how old a post is as long as it is related to the original post ( comes to mind, where they chastised me for posting an SD 'old thread' post on someone).
Apologies for the thread hijack.
Back to your regular Flying Tern network...
10-22-2009 08:00 PM
xsboats I built a mast for a Flying Tern about 20 years ago and had an opportunity to sail it several times. Great little boat. I had heard from the owner that it was an Uffa Fox design but had never been able to confirm this.
10-22-2009 01:16 PM
Flying Tern - Van de Stadt, Netherland Mfg 1955

This to reply to a2001 "thread"---

Is there anyone, or group, interested or sailing the Flying Tern?

My Tern is going into the water, Summer 2010 after 15 years of storage.

The number is 1010. Anyone out there with interest or experience with

this class/ if so lemme know, thanks. Norwale
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