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Old 03-06-2008, 15:30   #1
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Our first big day of sailing!

Finally got "Little Sunshine" all ship shape- just in time too. This past weekend we had steady 15-18 knot winds on our lake. We took advantage of it early in the a.m. before the lake got too busy. Not that Little Sunshine can't handle the chop later in the day as she's real sea worthy, but moreso because it was peaceful to sail with the kids. Spacious though she may be I opted to sail one on one with our 2 kids- taking 2 hour turns with each of them. We zipped along well in the winds and enjoyed the time on the water. We bought Little Sunshine a couple of months ago. She as in need of repairs so I stripped all her woodwork, replaced most of that (custom cut, stained, and 6 coats varnish), painted her hull yellow, and even bought her a new sail. Saturday was our first day with her out on the water with all of that done so it was fun. I think we are officially ready to sail around the world now, don't you think?! After the 4 hours this past week I think I am now up to about 6-8 hours of sailing experience!

Here are some pictures of our Little Sunshine:

She may not be the biggest sailboat on the water but I tell you what- it sure was a great day on the water and a great way to spend time with the kids. I am SO glad Little Sunshine fits on the swim platform of our sedan bridge for when we anchor out.

So anyway, the question remains, are we ready to sail the world?

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Old 03-06-2008, 16:20   #2
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That is how I started and I think I am ready.
My first sailboat was a Snark too!
I redid all the woodwork too.
Tough job I know.
I did not paint mine - no girls to impress.
But I did have to do a little glass work.

Fun boat.

Especially if it is the only way to sail.

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Congrats. Sonds like a great sail. When the kids like to sail everything is good. Nice work on the boat she looks good. Watch out though sailing is addictive. Next thing you'll want a weekender and then you'll want to sail around the world.

Good Luck with it.
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Old 03-06-2008, 17:02   #4
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Too Cool! We just took our kids out in the ocean for their first time sailing last weekend. They had a blast!
Once the kids like sailing - there seems to be no stopping them

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Shows that the biggest fun can be in the smallest boat! And you look way too relaxed :-)
We can't change the wind - but we can adjust our sails.
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Dinghy Sailing is a Blast. Here's a snap of my brother on his Force 5 during a fun day of lake sailing.
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