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    Got my 1981 Phantom in the water for the first time last year—sailing a Sunfish and being 59 = a...

    Got my 1981 Phantom in the water for the first time last year—sailing a Sunfish and being 59 = a real test for flexibility.
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    Questions from a first time sailor — Phantom 14

    Just an update to say that I haven't drowned, and somehow have yet to invert the Phantom. Sailing the little lake has proven a bit frustrating as my dock is up a protected bay where the wind is usually light and gusting out of the south, but once I get around the point into the main lake, the...
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    Questions from a first time sailor — Phantom 14

    Put the boat in the water for the first time this morning in (very) light and variable winds. I was pleased that I didn't end up mast down-- though only the fact that the wind was generally less than 5 mph was responsible. At one point I realized I'd crossed the bay without remembering to put...
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    Questions from a first time sailor — Phantom 14

    Thanks. It's a little too windy this morning (worse, gusty) for me to risk it today, but soon. I had never kayaked before I bought that little piece of plastic, and yet I've managed to never roll it over, though I paddle it pretty much every morning regardless of weather. I do NOT expect to...
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    Questions from a first time sailor — Phantom 14

    I happen to live on a little 60-acre lake that doesn't allow gas motors. After picking up a canoe, kayak, and paddleboat and working them all to death (I may be the only person who has put more than 500 miles on a paddleboat), I couldn't resist a spiffy 1980 Phatom that I spotted nearby...
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