I’ve always wanted to learn more about sailing and fixing sailboats. This summer that opportunity presented itself to me in the form of this boat:
I found an inexpensive Flying Junior from 1968 at a local boatyard. It was available with sails, mast, boom and trailer. All I had to do was get the trailer licensed, have a towing hitch installed my car, repair fibreglass damage above and below the waterline, sand and varnish all the wooden parts (seats, centreboard, tiller and rudder), select and install new hardware and I’d be on my way…
I purchased this boat on July 6th, and made an agreement that I could work on the boat where it was stored until the end of July before I had to move it to the Glenmore Reservoir in Calgary where I would store and sail her.
I had 2 very small holes below the waterline. These were tricky because I had to make them much larger to be able to insert some plastic pulled forward with dental floss to be able to apply fibreglass patches from both sides for greater strength of the repair.