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  1. FD Fanatic

    Craigslist Finds

    1988 Mader Flying Dutchman Almost bought this for my daughter but just found out she is moving out of state. Ask the owner to send you pics of sails, you will be pleased
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    Replacing Lines/Sheets/Halyards: Question

    There’s nothing like reaching a project goal on budget. Job well done!
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    Replacing Lines/Sheets/Halyards: Question

    The OEM pricing you are quoting sounds fairly reasonable to me. .. and they will send everything cut to length, correct diameter and so on. It’s a simple, fast and easy solution. Unless you are getting into ultra competitive racing and have specific performance standards that you are expecting from your lines.
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    Racing Dinghy with Easily Stepped Mast?

    Didn’t pull the trigger on the 470. Drove over 3 hours to find out the pics on CL were many years old. Boat was trashed. The stupid things some people do to boats. Unreal. Anyway, Looking at a FD on Thursday. This guy says the pics are current. Wish me luck.
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    Racing Dinghy with Easily Stepped Mast?

    I settled on a 470. Picking it up tomorrow. The mast looks fairly lightweight. Thanks for the feedback everyone.
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    solo mast stepping

    Thanks for the advice on stepping. I settled on a 470. Going to pick it up tomorrow.
  7. I want to buy a 13 to 20 ft racing dinghy. I’m looking for a 420, 470, FJ, FD, 505 or something similar that has a mast that can be stepped by one person. Any feedback will be much appreciated.
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    solo mast stepping

    Can a 505 mast be stepped by one person? I’m thinking about getting an older 505 but not sure if I’ll be able to step the mast alone. 63 years old and still fairly strong but definitely not young anymore. I trailer sail throughout the Finger Lakes in upstate NY. Any suggestions of a good boat for my situation? Just sold a Daysailer 2 that had a hinged mast. Boat was too slow. Have owned FJ, FD, M Scow, Laser 2 and others.