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Flying Dutchman class, still the fastest boat upwind.

by Han
(Brittany, France)

In the sixties, 50 years ago, together with the friend who owned it, I helmed and crewed this boat, which was then nicknamed "the sailing Ferrari".

Have fun!

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Fantastic Boat!
by: Dean Rittenhouse

I learned how to sail on a Flying Dutchman when I was 5 years old (1960). My next door neighbor owned one and he was generous and patient enough to teach me to sail.

Now, after owning several sailboats, both big and small, I am looking for a used Dutchman.

If you know of or own a Dutchman for sale near New York State, please contact me at dean13827 [at]

FD centerboard well
by: Anonymous

I am putting my FD together. I am looking for some material such as mylar to install on the bottom of my centerboard well to prevent water from splashing up. What is generally used and how can I get it?

Ah, more FD fans!
by: Han

Hi Dean and Geoff,

The best I can do is refer you to the forum of the FD international class organisation:, as I am out of experience with it for about 50 years...
Sorry it took me so long to comment, I was kept busy with some sad family affairs.

Regards, and have a good sailing summer!

Thoz Dayz
by: the General

Raced Dutchman in Arkansas in 1970s-80s, had Olympic Silver medalist in club - great fun, great boat. Won regionals with a guy from Texas- don't even recall who - but we had a blast!

A-class catamaran fastest boat upwind
by: Anonymous

A-class catamaran and international flying Moth are the fastest small sailing boats upwind and in winds up to 10 knots, the A-class cat is the adsolute winner

fast upwind
by: Anonymous

I have had 2 FDs a 505, 2 Thistles and a Tornado to compare the fastest upwind boat premise. For a mono in rough water the FD is quick. Compared to a Tornado the FD is half as quick upwind. Compared to an E or A scow the FD is a lot slower unless their is so much swell that the scows swamp. The FD is a wonderful boat and will easily beat a Thistle, and can take a 505 but compared to the really fast cats it needs a 200% handicap.

Centerboard slot gaskets
by: Anonymous

Centerboard slot gaskets can be bought from LDC Sailing in the UK.

Flying Dutchman for sale New York
by: Anonymous

I have a plastrend Flying Dutchman for sale near Albany NY.
Boat is complete with sails,center board,rudder ,mast boom,and all rigging but should be considered a project as it has been sitting for many years. It is on a galvanized trailer which is in good condition but will need tires and most likely bearings. I am asking $375 for it. I have too many catamaran projects to ever get to this one. Pknapp66 at g

looking for used FD Sails
by: Nick Pullen

Just bought a 1974 FD and well, the sails are from 1974. I'm on a budget for the retrofit. Does anyone have any used sails that they can donate? - Nick 530-412-1101 (Truckee CA)

Faster FD NEW
by: Anonymous

Since posting my last comment I bought two more FDs that needed restoring. I restored one and it was very pretty, but then I decided to really make it quick. So I added a longer, pointed bow and my Tornado rig. The result is a sleak "sandbagger" of 24ft. I styled it to look like an antique so she is a real sleeper. I learned that the FD would be A LOT faster with a modern rig and a sharp bow to not only punch through waves but to cut through flat water. The longer bow also increases stability which is really nice at the dock. The FD is one of the greatest boats ever but the class needs updating. It does not have to be all carbon silliness; just get an updated design.

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