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    Cam cleat for new sailor

    Nonsense. It works PERFECTLY in all points of sail and all sheeting angles. Upwind, downwind, in breaths of wind or howling. You do realize LaLi that the entire block and cam cleat rotates 360 degrees, right? Why do you suppose that someone who has been sailing for over 50 years would own 3...
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    Cam cleat for new sailor

    I've put a lot of hours on several Sunfish with the following block set up and I can't imagine using anything else but this. It's the "Harken 57mm Carbo Ratchet Block w/ Cam", inspired originally by seeing the photo posted above of this very block and cam combo a couple of years ago. Here's a...
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    Questions from a first time sailor — Phantom 14

    Here's the best technique for the sequence of what to do with your hands when tacking. Here's another video of the same sequence, starting at 1 minute, 25 seconds in the video. It's a good idea to take 2 chairs, put them in your living room then use a stick (as your tiller) and a rope (as...
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    Daggerboard Crazy !!!

    That's correct.
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    Daggerboard Crazy !!!

    Sounds good! As a data point for your further experiments, I just measured my GRP Sunfish daggerboard. Total length - 45 3/4 inches Length below the hull/where full foil shape begins - 29 3/4 inches - Andy
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    Daggerboard Crazy !!!

    Exactly. Like when I took the maximum thickness of what is now my vertical rudder (previous owner's hand made daggerboard) and made a foil template out of cardboard (NACA 0012 airfoil) where the maximum width of the foil was the thickness of the old, flat daggerbord, in order for everything to...
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    Daggerboard Crazy !!!

    Obi-Wan... Here's a video I found back when I was thinking about not only making a vertical rudder for my Sunfish but making it a foil shaped rudder as well. I just never got around to making the jig. Seems like you could use a jig like this along with a router to shape your 50 inch super...
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    hydro expert (or anyone with an opinion!) ...looking for comments (Daggerboard length, thread 2)

    Mixmkr... Cool stuff you've done with your daggerboard. That's like something I'd do, always wanting to improve performance. With that in mind, here's what I was thinking about while watching you improving your daggerboard performance. You've increased the surface area of your daggerboard...
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    By the lee

    Yes, I do sail by the lee on my Sunfish. In Tomales Bay for example, even in light winds, there will be small waves/swells that form when the tide is flowing out against the wind and there's a lot of fetch. If I want to go for a small wave and "surf" it a bit... if you could even call it...
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    <5kts

    One of the reasons I like sailing my out and returns on the Russian River is because of the areas of extremely light air that I have to get through on the trip. I also will often go on days where I know the chances are good that it will be lighter than usual on the Russian River to add to the...
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    Why Are These Mast Lower Sections Bent?

    There's just one and it has the more standard/common bend right where the top mast exits the lower mast. But it's a pretty significant bend... much like the sharp corner of the pre bent 4.7 lower mast. Weird how both the standard and the radial both have bends but also how those bends are in...
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    Why Are These Mast Lower Sections Bent?

    My brother bought a Laser a couple of years ago that he now wants to sell, having never sailed it. I'm here in Maine checking out his kit and discovered something. He's got a standard sized sail and standard sized lower mast (112 inches). He's also got a radial sail and radial sized lower...
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    Is using a paddle cheating?

    Is that to keep the non local riff raff away and prevent the lake from becoming a total zoo? - Andy
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    Is using a paddle cheating?

    Hi Eddie E... Thanks for all those details. Do you suppose there is some spot along that 17 mile long lake shore where a simple dolly could be used to launch a Sunfish from a grassy area in a park or something like that? Or even a private owner where one discovers a Sunfish tied to a dock or...
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