High Performance/Low Cost Sails for Small Sailboats
TINY BEAR: A Jr. Moth Class Sailboat
Tiny Bear is a 10' plywood scow designed by J. Julius Fanta that weighs in at only 70 lbs. Primarily intended for youngsters sailing on protected waters, grown-ups can find plenty of excitement sailing this fast little craft as well. According to the original text, "...Tiny Bear can be built in two or three days with no special tools. The cost of materials, including sails and all, should run no more than $20 or $25." Of course, that estimate was in 1939 dollars. But even at ten times that much today, Tiny Bear would be a great investment as a father-son project or a winter project for a scout troop, sailing club, or shop class. Maybe it's time to turn off the TV and turn on to boatbuilding.
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This page updated on 5/19/2009