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Just acquired an early Star. Totally green to sailing.

I have been into vintage boats and outboards and accidentally stepped onto a vintage Star sail boat. I am totally green when it comes to sailing but I am excited to learn to get this classic back on the water.
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Re: Just acquired an early Star. Totally green to sailing.

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I have been into vintage boats and outboards and accidentally stepped onto a vintage Star sail boat. I am totally green when it comes to sailing but I am excited to learn to get this classic back on the water.
Which Star sailboat do you have? What is the length? Can you post a photo?

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Re: Just acquired an early Star. Totally green to sailing.

Are you planning on racing her? There are some pretty big one design Star fleets around some places.
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#960 1933 build It is in the rebuild stage. Should be at my house in about 2 weeks to start the work.
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Re: Just acquired an early Star. Totally green to sailing.

That will be a fun boat to learn to sail on. Much better learning experience than on some big, clunky, cruising sailboat.
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Re: Just acquired an early Star. Totally green to sailing.

Stars are really great boats to sail but they require a lot of skill and a lot of crew weight to sail safely. With all due respect to the posters above, Stars are lightly built and so are a little fragile. The rigs are especially vulnerable. They are not self bailing or self rescuing. They have a huge sailplan for their stability and can be swamped or on an older boat without buoyancy tanks can be sunk. On that basis I suggest that an old Star would make a pretty poor platform to learn to sail on.

Typically the wooden Stars had very light scantlings and so required a lot of precision to build and rebuild.

A glass Star would be easier to restore but these later Stars tend to have fragile rigs and running backstays.

Due to their long history as an Olympic class, the modern Stars are extremely sophisticated. So much so that you really can't race a wooden Star against a modern Star and keep up with the fleet. There are 'legacy' fleets that race wooden Stars against each other but those fleets are even less common that the comparatively rare modern Star fleets.

But, if you are intent on restoring the Star, I can try to put you in touch with a fellow who is restoring one in Annapolis, and who is an extremely skilled sailor and boat builder.

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Re: Just acquired an early Star. Totally green to sailing.

I raced a Star on Frisco Bay early in my career and found it to be one of the most complicated and difficult small sailboats to sail. Certainly not a day sailor to take your friends out on for a few hours.
However, for many who enjoy rebuilding (or building for that matter) boats, the fun comes from the work, not so much the sailing afterwards. At any rate, wherever you derive your enjoyment, it is going to be a learning experience.
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Re: Just acquired an early Star. Totally green to sailing.

^^^great guidance. Also raced one in my youth. Remember some sort if sliding thing for the runners, and a ton of strings to tweak.

It will be fun, challenging, and when you figure it out you'll be a very good sailor.

Best of luck.
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