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Keith Wilson wrote at 2008-02-29 04:20:41
I once owned an Arrow.  I bought it at the Toronto Boat Show in 1974 and sailed it on Lake Simcoe for 4 years.  It ended up in Muskoka.  The name is a misnomer, as it is very hard to sail in a straight line.  That's probably due to its short waterline length (12"-0").  But it planes quickly and dusts off Lasers with ease.  As I remember it had loads of features like mid-boom sheeting, spinnaker, pivoting mast, tilting centerboard and rudder, even a boom vang.  Have fun.

John Holman wrote at 2011-03-27 16:09:02
I, too, once had one of these and what a fantastic little boat it was. I just put this old bit of movie up on YouTube which shows it off at its best:

dan waddell wrote at 2011-04-11 17:53:09
i ht. My boat is in great condition an Arrow. The video is great. I have no information on the boat is in great condition. yellow hull. still have original main and spiniker, have replaced jib...have not been able to find any information on the web... I bought the boat in NC in '87, and live in SC now It is a lot of fun to sail... it is very fast

LAI wrote at 2011-09-03 18:57:20
I have one too.  Bought it while in highschool in '85.  Now teaching my teenagers how to sail it!  Wish I could find spare parts.

jholman wrote at 2011-12-11 17:23:22
I bet that the spare part you need is the jib furling bobbin which frequently gets trapped under docks and then broken. You can replace them with the empty bobbins used for aluminum MIG welding wire which you should be able to pick up free from any aluminum welding shop.

Jeremy wrote at 2012-07-05 02:25:24
Hi guys,

hopefully someone is still reading this post.  I just found one of these boats in someone's front yard and he gave it to me.  Good luck for me right? However it's missing a few parts.  Most significantly the jib.  If anybody out there has specs on the jib or if you've had one made can you give me the contact info for the maker and if they'd still have the specs on the one they made for you.  

Jeff wrote at 2013-03-17 03:43:32
Having a set of sails made for an arrow I found near Woodstock Ontario. Current sails are in very rough shape. taking the sails to Barrie tomorrow to have them measured. If you are still interested in the sail measurements post here again and I will send you the specs.  

Orca wrote at 2013-06-17 22:06:47
Please post the measurements if you still have them.  If the sails went to Barrie, I guess you are getting Sobstad.  Good choice.

Jeff wrote at 2013-07-09 02:06:41
Had sails made by sostad this spring. They were able to source the plans for the sails and have made an excellent set of sails. about a week away from putting it in the water. Would anyone put a guess on how many are still around?

Jeff wrote at 2013-07-30 03:51:18
Well. Bad news. Thought I had taken care of everything. New hardware, new sails, new ropes, paint job, 3 tubes of epoxy. Went into the water today. Rudder fell off in first 5 min or so. So back to the drawing board. More epoxy and larger screws to get more grip in ply wood. Hopefully that fixes it and back in the water by Wednesday.  

GHenry wrote at 2015-04-14 14:42:17
I'm hoping to start a third generation sailing on the Arrow but need to do some restoration first.  If anyone has rigging dimensions, a source for hardware, jib dimensions, please post, would be most appreciative

Nancy Jean Smith wrote at 2015-08-03 12:21:34
I just put my Arrow in the water after 10 years storage. I think my father bought it in 1972. We had so many good years of sailing this wonderful little sailboat. I'm in Cadillac, Michigan and looking for a new jib and furling bobbin. But everything else is working well. Great little boat!

Nancy Jean Smith wrote at 2015-08-03 12:22:09
I just put my Arrow in the water after 10 years storage. I think my father bought it in 1972. We had so many good years of sailing this wonderful little sailboat. I'm in Cadillac, Michigan and looking for a new jib and furling bobbin. But everything else is working well. Great little boat!

Tom Marshall wrote at 2015-08-14 13:56:16
Hi All our family had #33 out of Midland ON. until my sister took it to Vancouver Island and left it there. The only major problem we had was the mast step went through the deck the builder fixed it. Tom

Todd M. wrote at 2015-08-21 14:09:43
Greetings fellow Arrow owners!

A 1974 Arrow, #427 recently came into my possession after I had done a lot of work on it 7yrs ago for the previous owner. Rebonded the deck to the hull using WSY 650-8 West System G-Flex Epoxy. I installed a 5" Deck Access Plate forward & to the left of the mast step plate since there was no access into the hull. The cockpit floor was quite soft & spongy so to fix this I bought some plastic tubing that fit over the nozzle of a can of Minimally expanding spray foam(I think I used 2 cans) & reaching thru the deck plate hole, sprayed it under the cockpit floor as far back as I could get it, messy job! The foredeck was also mushy so I fiberglassed a piece of plywood under the foredeck & 1 vertically from the center hull to the underside of the deck to firm it all up. Next I bought a 4'X8'X2" sheet of polystyrene foam & cut it into strips which I used to fill the sides of the hull & foredeck area with. The jib was rotted & mouse eaten so I bought a 420 jib off ebay for $40 & had it cut down to fit the arrow. I'm in search of an empty Mig Welding Wire Spool which I believe will work for a jib furler drum, also a garage door cable spool might work.

(I would really like to know what the factory "Arrow Logo" by the mast step looked like if anyone still has one that's legible)!

I can be contacted at "Jetwrench" where mail is hot. Thank you all for sharing about this little known boat!  

Trevor wrote at 2016-01-31 18:09:05
I have the same boat. Please send me your info and we will talk.

Robert Pelsang wrote at 2016-06-10 17:02:35
I have an arrow for sale that has been in the water twice. Everything is there and after 2 years I finally repainted the trailer and put new lights on it. I no longer have a vehicle with a hitch and medical issues will prevent me from sailing again. It is for sale on but if anyone needs a measurement or pictures of anything before I sell it let me know.



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I am a Level 1 (Small Boat) US Sailing Certified Instructor on City Island (Bronx), NY. I have been sailing since I was a young child and starting racing as a Junior Sailor and continue both now. Racing as a Junior Sailor against the regular club members we won three first place trophies in the club owned boat. In another race we borrowed a members boat and placed third in a race that attracted sailors from around the NY,NJ,CT area.

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