Geezer Rigging

Discussion in 'Sunfish Talk' started by Clyde, Jan 18, 2018.

  1. Clyde

    Clyde Member

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    My daughter's and I raced (locally) and sailed for many years in the NYC area. Except for minor forays to the North Carolina coast the boats (a 1973 and a 1977) have not been actively used and hang from my garage ceiling I do have an electric hoist) in the Lake Norman, NC area where I now live. I gave up sailing the 'fish because I wanted a boat I could sail "in" not "on". My 7 year experience with a 17 ft O'Day Daysailer ended in December with my donating the boat. So I don't want to give up sailing as long as I have 2 Sunfish. I have a great launch area about a mile from my home and do have a trailer.
    My question is how best to rig the sails for winds in the 5 to 10 - sometimes 15 - mph range ? I obviously am too old to duck under a very low spar so am looking for advice on the placement of the gooseneck and halyard in a permanent or average setting. I won't be sailing in heavy winds. By the way, I do have two almost new regulation sails - also one new mast - and the boats are in pretty good condition for their age.
    So. Your thoughts please.

    Clyde
     
  2. Alan S. Glos

    Alan S. Glos Active Member

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    Clyde,

    If you are not racing, I would set the gooseneck at about 18" back from the intersection of the boom and gaff and then simply experiment with the halyard attachment point to get a boom height that is what you are seeking. Then remember to ease the mainsheet quite a bit each time you tack to allow the boom to pop up and give you more headroom when you tack.
    Also, don't tie a boom vang too tight as the boom will not rise when tacking.

    Alan Glos
    Cazenovia, NY
     
  3. Clyde

    Clyde Member

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    Thanks Alan. Just the kind of stuff I'm looking for!
     
  4. signal charlie

    signal charlie Well-Known Member Staff Member

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    22 inches back and tie the halyard about 5 rings down, close to the aft edge of the coc IMG_3304.JPG kpit.
     

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