Original Sail?

Discussion in 'Sunfish Talk' started by Light and Variable Winds, Nov 2, 2017.

  1. Light and Variable Winds

    Light and Variable Winds Well-Known Member

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    With my most recent Sunfish purchase last month, I hadn't had a chance to examine this 1971 Sunfish's sail.

    Yesterday, examination showed a silky all-white sail with about 15 holes :( . It risked a major tearing, but I took it for a spin anyway, with a variable wind from 1 to 7-MPH.

    Labeled Ratsey & Lapthorne, it appears to be the original sail. Comparing it with my crinkly Intensity sail, what stood out right away was how "unflat" it was. There must be 6-inches of draft at the tack—and pulled the Sunfish remarkably well—noticeably well! :eek:

    Some debris will wash off the sail, but not sure how I'll fix the holes. The edges of some of the holes are seared. :confused: Stored downstairs, it appeared as though someone emptied the contents of a charcoal grill on it from upstairs. :(

    I've photographed a close-up of the Sunfish logo, so might print 15 little Sunfish templates to make sail-tape patches in a contrasting color. :cool:

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    tag my2fish

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    Lol, I love the idea of patching holes with little Sunfish logos!
  3. Webfoot1

    Webfoot1 Active Member

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    Sail is blown-out, that's why it's so unflat. Get
    a new crinkly Intensity sail. Crinkly is good!
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  4. Alan S. Glos

    Alan S. Glos Active Member

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    Ratsey Lapthorne did supply the early Sunfish class legal sails for years. I recall they were an English company with a loft in City Island, NY (?) So, yeah, I think you have an original factory issued Sunfish sail, and a pretty knarly one at that!

    Alan Glos
    Cazenovia, NY
  5. signal charlie

    signal charlie Well-Known Member Staff Member

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    Fun! To repair it I'd suggest adhesive backed insignia cloth. Sailrite makes several colors. You could by samples, they are about 3 inches square, or buy a yard

    The vintage sails had a red and blue stripe at the peak, very simple but it looked nice.

    Sailrite - Fabric, Canvas, and Sewing Machines Since 1969

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