Originally Posted by tdk6
How old is your son? How big is the kids sail? Which brand and model? My older son is 10 and I need something for him for next summer.
He is 15 now, but he was about 10 when he started. It's a Sailworks Retro Ripper. It is not handy right now, but I seem to remember about 3.5 m. Sailworks sells the rig as a package - boom, mast, sail -- (in a couple of different sizes) and I think they did a good job on it. I seem to remember it was fairly inexpensive, too.
The key is that it is very, very, very light. I'd guess it might be less than half the weight of an adult sail of the same size (which, after all, would be a storm sail, so much stronger).
I've seen other kids brands in the magazines, but have no hands-on experience with them.
My son is too big for the rig, but too small for my smallest sail (the 7). He can't get it out of the water, usually. I guess he needs maybe a 5. But its a chicken and egg thing - if he is not more interested, I'm not going to buy equipment just for him. BUt without the right equipment, it's not interesting for him.
Actually, he did successfully use a old, smallish adult sail on vacation - I guess my gear is on the heavy side.
He has sailed (under beginner conditions) in Maui and St. Maarten, but never on the lake 30 minutes from our house!