Minifish spar question

Discussion in 'Sunfish Talk' started by Alan S. Glos, Aug 15, 2017.

  1. Alan S. Glos

    Alan S. Glos Active Member

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    I am working with a Minifish owner who plans to cut a set of Sunfish spars down to Minifish specs and needs to
    know the length of the Minifish booms and mast. If you have a Minifish rig and would be willing to measure the spars and post the results here, that would be appreciated. I think metal end to metal end would yield the most accurate cut, but end cap to end cap would also work.

    Thanks!

    Alan Glos
    Cazenovia, NY
     
  2. Roller

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    I have a 1983 Minifish. The measured lengths of the Minifish mast and booms are shorter than specs I've seen published.
    Minifish mast: (published spec) 9' x 2 1/4" OD
    Minifish mast: (as measured) 8'9" (including bottom & top caps)
    (I actually have two "Minifish" masts: both measure 8'9")
    Minifish booms: (published spec) 12' 8" x 1 1/2" OD
    Minifish booms: (as measured) 12'2" (including end caps)
    (Both Minifish booms measure 12'2" long w/ caps)
    The Minifish has a non-OEM sail from Super Sailmakers of Ft Lauderdale, FL which fits the booms properly.

    I don't think the masts or booms have been trimmed. All the plastic caps are fastened with the little factory pins.
     
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  3. Alan S. Glos

    Alan S. Glos Active Member

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    Roller,

    Thanks. I passed your post on to the Minifish owner. Very helpful.

    Alan Glos
    Cazenovia, NY
     
  4. Roller

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    Error! Error!

    Alan--

    In rethinking the Minifish mast/boom measurements I posted I realized that I used a fiberglass measuring tape with a 4" leader... and that I may not have accounted for the length of the leader. If I did not, corrected measurements are:
    • the Minifish mast: 8'9" + 4" tape leader = 9'1" (counting the halyard and bottom end caps, so essentially the 9' published spec is correct)
    • the Minifish booms: 12'2" + 4" tape leader = 12'6" (counting the end caps; still shorter than the published spec of 12'8").

    The Minifish is in a different location just now and so I can't immediately double check the dimensions. I'm very sorry for this probable mistake on my part.
     

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