hiking out

after bringing my Sunfish home this weekend after my 1st sail of 2012, I left it out in the driveway to get some sun to help evaporate any moisture that could have gotten inside the hull, and I turned on my Sunfish hull drying fan to help move air through the hull.

as the Sunfish was sitting there in the driveway, my 4-yr old son – who LOVES to climb around on the Sunfish – asked me to put some of the stuff on the boat so he could pretend he was sailing.  so I put on the rudder and tiller, and just grabbed an extra piece of line to feed through the mainsheet block.

I showed him how to hook his toes under the hiking strap and then lean back — “hiking out” — holding the tiller extension with one hand and the mainsheet line with the other hand (I held on to the other end of the mainsheet and tugged on it to make him pretend he was trimming the sail).  he loved it.

I guess it’s never too early to get them started!

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4 Responses to “hiking out”


  1. 1 Baydog May 28, 2012 at 9:27 pm

    You’re right. Never too early.

  2. 3 capnrehab May 30, 2012 at 9:48 pm

    Look at that smile. Put that picture up on the wall.


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