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A Fun Week Ahead

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  1. HMT2


    Joined Mar 20, 2014
    543 posts, 108 likes
    Hunter 31
    US Shoreacres, TX
    I have a fun week coming up next week. A friend who sails with me at least in the Annual Harvest Moon Regatta and several other times a year is bringing his ten year old son to sailing camp at the Houston Yacht Club. My friend lives in North Texas and lives near two lakes. We have had a 1968 Dolphin Sr. in our family since 1972. I have purchased a new sail for it, put a new axle and tires on the trailer, rewired it, waxed it up and refinished the tiller. Sometime next week (with his parents permission) I am going to gift the boat (and trailer) to the ten year old boy. It's like Christmas and I get to be Santa! Here are a few pics of the boat. I was testing an old fiberglass repair job on the bottom to ensure it was not taking on water. Can't gift a leaky boat. I'm super stoked about this!

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  2. Charlie Jones s/v Tehani

    Charlie Jones s/v Tehani

    Joined Mar 1, 2012
    1,351 posts, 304 likes
    1961 Rhodes Meridian 25
    us Texas coast
    Super boats for youngsters. Or adults either. I have two here, neither functional. Used to race the now defunct Dolphin Sr Nationals often at Lake Conroe, but our club here had monthly races In the bay. Much more comfortable boat than a sunfish, and can easily sail two

    As an aside, the first time I was ever on a sailboat was at the Houston Yacht Club, in 1957- a plywood Penguin :)

  3. HMT2


    Joined Mar 20, 2014
    543 posts, 108 likes
    Hunter 31
    US Shoreacres, TX
    Yes and. It has a beer box or a water/soda box for the young man!

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  4. SFS


    Joined Aug 18, 2015
    1,432 posts, 422 likes
    Hunter 31
    US Tampa Bay
    Mike, this is SUCH a great thing! I am as stoked as you are. I hope it lights a fire.

    This is just another example of how generous you are - something I already knew firsthand, and from others. Rock on man.

  5. Ken Cross

    Ken Cross

    Joined Oct 24, 2010
    1,592 posts, 188 likes
    Hunter 30
    US Everett, WA
    Thanks for posting this. It is a really cool thing.

  6. BigEasy


    Joined Jun 21, 2004
    827 posts, 151 likes
    Beneteau 343
    US Slidell, LA
    You’re a good man. Yes, hopefully this gift will turn this young boy on to a lifetime passion for sailing.

  7. njlarry


    Joined Sep 23, 2009
    1,322 posts, 128 likes
    O'Day 34-At Last
    US Rock Hall, Md
    What a great boat! Where were they made? Ask the lucky boy if he'll deliver to nj when he's ready to move up.

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  8. HMT2


    Joined Mar 20, 2014
    543 posts, 108 likes
    Hunter 31
    US Shoreacres, TX
    This boat was designed and built in the Kemah/ Baytown Texas area in the sixties. My understanding is that it was designed to be bigger and faster than the Sunfish. Coincidentally, as I understand it, my sailmaker’s step father is the one who designed it and built it. It is a fun boat to sail. I like sailing it even today.

  9. PotomacDaysailer


    Joined Jun 14, 2010
    202 posts, 51 likes
    Seafarer 29
    US Oologah, OK
    What else could you name a Dolphin but Flipper?

    Awesome gift. Lucky boy.

  10. Will Gilmore

    Will Gilmore

    Joined Oct 19, 2017
    2,395 posts, 976 likes
    O'Day 19
    US Littleton, NH
    Now we all know.
    Fantastic gift. What a great position to be in, to be able to make that gift for the lucky boy. Bravo :clap:

    While it is nothing like the 18'-19' boat my father owned, the styling reminds me of the first sailboat I can ever remember sailing on. I think it was an American or a Venture, but it had that same paint scheme.

    - Will (Dragonfly)

  11. kloudie1


    Joined Nov 6, 2006
    7,760 posts, 489 likes
    Hunter 34
    US Mandeville Louisiana
    Fantastic! That is a dream starter for sure!.

  12. Leeward Rail

    Leeward Rail

    Joined Mar 20, 2015
    1,363 posts, 245 likes
    Catalina 22 New Style
    CA SHYC, Lake Winnipeg
    Frigging fantastic in so many ways !
    I'm glad there are still people like yourself, who still do things like this, and I'd love to see his reaction when you give him the boat. This is how life long memories begin. Good on ya sir !

    Edit: Take some video of the event and post it on youtube so we can see ?

    Hehe I'm heading off to work and I can't stop smiling

  13. jssailem


    Joined Oct 22, 2014
    5,214 posts, 1,659 likes
    CAL 35 Cruiser
    US Salem, Moored Port Everett WA
    Great idea. Lucky boy, and father (some hopefully some gear bonding time coming).
    This is real “Paying it Forward “ thinking.
    I salute you.

  14. pateco


    Joined Aug 12, 2014
    1,933 posts, 485 likes
    Hunter 31 (1983)
    US Pompano Beach FL
    Too Sweet. I am sure he will enjoy the hell out of it. Getting a boat while your young is a great way for a kid to gain confidence and an adventurous spirit. My younger brother and I had many adventures on our first boat, even just exploring our local lake.
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  15. jssailem


    Joined Oct 22, 2014
    5,214 posts, 1,659 likes
    CAL 35 Cruiser
    US Salem, Moored Port Everett WA
    And it makes most mom's happier, giving them a boat rather than a motorcycle.

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