Old boats are adopting young owners.

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  1. TomY

    TomY Alden Forum Moderator

    Joined Jun 22, 2004
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    Alden 38' Challenger yawl
    US Rockport Harbor
    This old but well maintained Pearson may have been handed down but I don't know the details. I sense this is a father and daughter launching a 30' Coaster or Wanderer from the public launching ramp. She is in control of the boat, no question. The unmistakable sound of a well maintained Atomic 4 accelerates down the tight channel.
    Pearson launch.jpg
    The boat just came down the road from a small DIY yard a mile away. A sailboat with it's mast laid on deck is a typical sight this time of year. There are a few options to step your mast in our harbor.
    Pearson leaving.jpg
    The Goose River flows one way, the tide goes another, she deftly maneuvers FIAFIA onto a tiny floating dock.

    Boats engulfed in clouds of sails line the public docks. There's no charge for a few hours of work.
    Pearson stepping.jpg
    That little dock fits on the back of this mobile crane. They can bring your stick, and the dock, to you.

    These guys come from another boatyard a few miles inland. They are very good at this and are in an out in 20 minutes. In fact it's about an hour total from jack stands to mooring for FIAFIA.

    Pearson stepping close.jpg
    A public landing is a treasure.

    A en pleine aire painter replicates a scene done thousands of times. Kids play on the statue of Andre the Seal. FIAFIA gets her mast stepped for a reasonable cost.

  2. sailnoproblem


    Joined Oct 10, 2011
    514 posts, 163 likes
    Tartan 34C
    US Toms River, New Jersey
    What a great sailing community. I always enjoy your posts.

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  3. SkookumZac


    Joined Sep 17, 2018
    39 posts, 19 likes
    Hunter 23.5
    US Charleston, SC
  4. rgranger


    Joined Jan 19, 2010
    6,432 posts, 1,790 likes
    Hunter 26
    US Lake Martin AL

  5. DayDreamer41


    Joined Oct 29, 2016
    1,346 posts, 674 likes
    Hunter 41 DS
    Un Port Huron
    Just wondering what all the weighted lines on the pilings are? Holding the sterns of those docked on the other side?

  6. Justin_NSA


    Joined Jul 7, 2004
    5,736 posts, 1,265 likes
    Hunter 30T
    US Cheney, KS
    That's an interesting subject. When the flooding goes down and our club gets into the season, I'd be curious how many of our members are younger than their boat. I can think of maybe one young family on our dock with an older Catalina 30.

  7. Scott T-Bird

    Scott T-Bird

    Joined Oct 26, 2008
    4,022 posts, 979 likes
    Starwind 27
    US Barnegat, NJ
    Linda.jpeg My daughter is younger than her boat by a few years. It's good to have an older friend!
    She's currently waiting for Montana summer to arrive.

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  8. ToddS


    Joined Sep 11, 2017
    130 posts, 65 likes
    Beneteau 373
    US Cape Cod
    Most of my sailing has been done on a 1964 Allied Seabreeze 35'... which is 9 years older than I am... That being said, I sold her a little over a year ago, and with my newer boat my kids are the only ones aboard younger than "their" boat... not sure as teen/pre-teens if they count as "sailors" though or just poorly-secured-cargo at this point... ;)

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  9. TomY

    TomY Alden Forum Moderator

    Joined Jun 22, 2004
    1,786 posts, 1,810 likes
    Alden 38' Challenger yawl
    US Rockport Harbor
    They hold tenders just off the dock as the 10'+ tide goes up and down. Just a line run through a pulley that is attached to old window sash weights. Here are the same docks at low tide.
    MA's dinghys3.jpg

  10. FastOlson


    Joined Apr 8, 2010
    1,121 posts, 185 likes
    Ericson Yachts Olson 34
    US Portland OR
    I thought I had seen that name / word before....
    Per wiki....
    The word "fiafia" is used in the Pacific islands, such as Samoa and Tonga. It has many meanings such as "celebration," "Get-together," or "happy".
    Great name for sail boat!

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  11. Mikem


    Joined Dec 20, 2009
    566 posts, 139 likes
    Hunter 466
    US Bremerton
    My daughter has owned a 1981 Catalina 25 for over 7 years and now she has her sights set on a 1982 Cat 30. She says, wow I can stand up in this boat. This will be fun.

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  12. Captain Larry-DH

    Captain Larry-DH

    Joined Jun 14, 2010
    797 posts, 439 likes
    Quorning Dragonfly 1200
    US home
    We use a similar setup at our small boat docks (under 20’). It eliminates the need for finger docks so they can pack more boats in. Our pulleys are strung from a thick cable that runs along the tops of pilings.

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