I have an idea!

Discussion in 'Sunfish Talk' started by George Hart, Feb 28, 2016.

  1. George Hart

    George Hart homeless

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    Looking for opinions
    The appendage over the tailgate is attached with screws and stores away once boat is loaded.
     
  2. fhhuber

    fhhuber Member

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    Its different...
     
  3. George Hart

    George Hart homeless

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    A work in progress, I can load and unload my boat on my own.....
     
  4. Charles Howard

    Charles Howard Member

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    Do you carry the boat a long distance with the hull down on the rack?
     
  5. George Hart

    George Hart homeless

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    Yes for weeks at a time. The tubes I use for bunks are the light weight PVC, I like the way they fit to the form of the hull to give what I feel is a bigger foot print on the hull and a little cushion.
     
  6. George Hart

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    Mr. Howard did I address your thoughts or is there something else I need to consider about keeping my boat setting on its hull for long periods of time.
     
  7. Light and Variable Winds

    Light and Variable Winds Well-Known Member

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    For those of us who sail (and cartop) solo, I'd be tempted to add a block (at the "x") and configure a small winch to an existing tow hitch. A light line (parachute cord) could be strung under the Sunfish, secured to the gudgeons (using a long 3/8" bolt and nut). Once it's winched more than halfway up, a nudge would get the Sunfish loaded on the PVC bunks. :cool: Watch for gusts of wind! :eek:
     

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    :) good ideas keep it coming!
     
  9. George Hart

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  10. Light and Variable Winds

    Light and Variable Winds Well-Known Member

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    Now remove the caps on the front to reduce wind resistance. :D
     
  11. gzblack2

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    Like the concept,but the idea of 4 zip ties holding the boat on the roof concerns me.
    A heavy gust or an emergency braking situation could prove disastrous. I wonder what the load rating is on the small zip ties holding the wood in place?
     
  12. George Hart

    George Hart homeless

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    The zip ties simply hold the 2 x 2's and tubes in place while the boat is not loaded. Once the boat is loaded I use ratchet straps to hold the boat to the 2 x 2's that are wedged into the roof rack. I will post more photos of the operation once I put the boat back on the van.
     
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  13. Light and Variable Winds

    Light and Variable Winds Well-Known Member

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    Don't remove those end caps...Belay that last idea. :oops:

    Using PVC or metal U-clamps the end caps can be attached to crank the Sunfish up. Run a metal pipe through the U-clamps, weld a crank-handle to one end—wrap a line around it—leading to the Sunfish's bow handle. (The U-clamps don't appear in the sketch, but holes to fit the pipe could drilled through both end caps instead).

    Removal of the cranking apparatus can be accomplished by tapping the end caps off. :)

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  14. George Hart

    George Hart homeless

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    I like this idea, I have had the notion to have a line on the bow handle possibly to have assistants in pushing the boat forward and control of boat but with the bunks in place it seems to not be an issue like when I was doing it with only the luggage racks. My van is almost six foot tall and when I lift the front of the boat into the yoke, the boat is setting at a forty five degree angle. Witch is too much for the handle on the boat or the said pulley arrangement. I think if I then lifted the back of the boat over my head, then the Wife could use the pulley to move the boat forward or the line on the bow handle.
     
  15. George Hart

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    As promised its been six weeks at Lake Blackshear and I am loading the boat again to head for Minnesota. Here are the additional photos for who might be interested.....
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  16. Wavedancer

    Wavedancer Upside down? Staff Member

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    Can you do the 'lift and push forward' part by yourself? Or, in other words, how do you go from photo 2 to 3?
    Seems pretty hard to me...
     
  17. George Hart

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    I can do it myself. It is easer with the Wife's help! Since I waxed the hull it slides much easer than before. In fact I have to be careful not to push it too far forward, as it slides on the PVC very easily. The yoke attachment allows me to work on simply lifting the stern and the PVC keeps it centered so not to worry about sliding right or left.
     
  18. fhhuber

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    doesn't really matter if not racing.... but waxing the hull slows it down. (a little)
     
  19. George Hart

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    I found it pretty fast on the PVC pipes. Waxing the hull will make more drag in the water?
     
  20. George Hart

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    As a follow up with "Wavedancer". If you can lift the front of the boat up to the height of the yoke, I would suggest the stern would not be an issue. My Wife helps me usually, as she worries about me doing such things.
     

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