When is it time to call it quits?

Discussion in 'Sunfish Talk' started by sblanck, Nov 9, 2017.

  1. sblanck

    sblanck Member

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    I haven't gone sailing since September of 2017.
    I have a sunfish clone a starfish. Sits in the garage on a trailer.
    I just dont think I want to go anymore.
    Wife wants me to just keep the boat, but I see storage space I could use for other things.
     
  2. torrid

    torrid Just sailing

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    Two months? Time to sell it!
     
  3. Light and Variable Winds

    Light and Variable Winds Well-Known Member

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    "Storage space" has become a huge liability for those of us affected by hurricanes. Time for a Yard Sale?

    If you're living in Texas, then it's not cold weather. Starfish are very close to Sunfish in design, so it's not size or weight.

    Other than weather, the only thing that would keep me from Sunfish-sailing would be the inability of getting back in after a capsize. (Age-related infirmities, which are creeping up year-to-year). :oops: Maybe it's the inconvenience of trailering to water?

    Would moving to a lakeside home be in the picture? :cool: Lake Texoma? Push the Starfish or an O'Day a few feet—and be sailing in five minutes?

    Train a youngster in the art of sailing? :)

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  4. signal charlie

    signal charlie Active Member Staff Member

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    Well
    Rule 1: Wife wants me to just keep the boat...
    Rule 2: Refer to Rule 1.
     
  5. sblanck

    sblanck Member

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    Got my dates wrong. Haven't sailed since September 2016.
     
  6. mixmkr

    mixmkr Active Member

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    Whos side are you on....yours or your wifes??? :)
     
  7. Light and Variable Winds

    Light and Variable Winds Well-Known Member

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    I'm always looking around for level surfaces for my projects. :(

    For projects or "storage" (sometimes the same thing) ;), I'd build a workbench just a couple of inches taller than the Sunfish on the trailer—and add a vice to a corner. Then you can have your "storage"—and when you feel like sailing again—pull the trailer out and go sailing. :cool:
     
  8. signal charlie

    signal charlie Active Member Staff Member

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    I think you're wanting a Sunfish...

    But seriously, if the Starfish isn't floating your boat, what about other dinghy sailing? Might be a little more room to stretch out on a Widgeon or Javelin or Daysailer? Or Drascombe Lugger. Some of those boats don't take up much more space or less, and you can take crew.

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  9. torrid

    torrid Just sailing

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    I figured it was something like that. Anyway, you've sat out sailing a whole year. I'd say if another year goes by and you haven't taken it out, then sell it.

    I go for months at a time without sailing my Laser, but I always eventually come back to it. It costs me nothing to keep it in the garage, and I'm not hurting for the space.
     
  10. Light and Variable Winds

    Light and Variable Winds Well-Known Member

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    Lacking a canoe or kayak to adapt for sailing, I was thinking of going the opposite direction—Snark. It's lighter, cheaper, and a more convenient sailboat to transport. A Snark can be cartopped. 'Can be stored on its edge or overhead, opening up storage space in the garage.

    Sell the trailer. :cool:

    Before I got into sailing my kayak (and later, catamarans), I sailed a lateen-rigged one in the 1980s, although I couldn't say which one it was. :oops: They're still being sold. (Some, pushing $5000!) :eek:

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    A history of Snark:
    Sailboats To Go » History of Snark Sailboats

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  11. tag

    tag my2fish

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    oh boy, I'm not sure I'd ever recommend a Snark instead of a Sunfish (or Sunfish clone). my brother-in-law had a Snark, and it felt like a styrofoam bathtub... it was super light and easy to carry, but the curved bottom meant it was tippy, it was very uncomfortable to sit it, and the performance was completely lacking compared to my Sunfish (maybe a 45 square foot sail on the Snark?).
     
  12. Webfoot1

    Webfoot1 Active Member

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    What we consider medium strength winds for Sunfish Sailing is to much wind
    to sail a Snark. I would say after owning a Sunfish you are going to be really really
    tired of the Snark after about 10 minutes. It also takes lots of room to get it turned
    around and sailing the opposite direction. Sort of like driving a Styrofoam bus. If
    you tired of the Sunfish it just means time to move up. If you're thinking performance
    get a MC Scow. That will blow you hair back in high winds. You could go with a Lightning
    for dingy racing. Plenty fast there, a lot depends on what class is racing in your area. Best
    to do is go to you local Yacht Club and try out some different boats to see what spins your
    prop. A Rebel might be just the size you are looking for in a one class design dinghy.
     
  13. Light and Variable Winds

    Light and Variable Winds Well-Known Member

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    An aluminum canoe can be stored outdoors, and "everybody" has a canoe. They're lighter, and more easily car-topped. I bought my latest 17-footer used for $300. :cool: I sold the 45ft² kayak sailing kit last year—for a bargain $75. :confused: (Via Craigslist).

    My High School graduation present:
    Bob with graduation present canoe 1960+.jpg

    The round-bottom Snark is the one I sailed—briefly. :confused: Hard chine (but still light) Snarks would be better. But that's the size of sail I had on my Folbot kayak. Also, 45ft² on my Grumman sailing canoe. Slow, hard to sail to windward, but didn't lack for the pleasure of a day-sail in the sun. :) Plus, a speedy run back to home base!

    A little research showed the Grumman sailing canoe also came with a 65ft² Gunter rig. 'Wish I'd known it at the time—always could have used more power—and always liked the Gunter rig for convenience. :cool:

    Interesting alternate riggings found here, including the yellow Crab-Claw rig (and the Gunter), with various leads to the "cockpit":
    https://get.google.com/albumarchive...zelm3HAEF09N4a18jtrF6GN262Tn13BjZd?source=pwa
     
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  14. john moncrief`

    john moncrief` New Member

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    listen to your wife. is she a sailer?
     
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    john moncrief` New Member

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    I have a 23ft com-pac on trailer. has not been sailed in one year. finding a willing crew is the problem for me. having somone with the love of sailing is a big plus.
     
  16. sblanck

    sblanck Member

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    No she doesnt like the boat but doesnt mind if I go sailing.
     
  17. baseman

    baseman On the Water

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    Keep the boat. My wife is not a sailor but she has been out with me a few times on my sunfish clone. We bought an O'Day Daysailer so she could sail with me. It needs work, so we haven't sailed it yet.
    I haven't sailed much in the last 3 years, but 3 years ago I was hospitalized with a ruptured brain aneurysm.
    So, keep the boat.
     
  18. Wavedancer

    Wavedancer Upside down? Staff Member

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    To me, the mere thought of being on the water (still) gives me a kick. When that thrill is gone, I will try to sell my boats.

     
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