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    Downwind in a Force 5

    Thanks for the reply. I have followed those procedures to the letter and they do help. I am just not a good enough sailor in winds north of 15 knots to go fast down wind. The death roll to windward happens so fast I cannot compensate quickly enough despite being in a crouch near center and...
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    Yikes, My 1966 Sunfish weighs 270lbs without any drainable water in it!

    I have a 64 fish as well as a Force 5, both wet on the inside. I used an old electrolux vacuum cleaner and a small electric heater preheating the air. I hooked up the vacuum to blower tp a1.5 inch hole I driller in the cockpit facing forward. I forced the air in this hole and let it exit out...
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    Sunfish drainplug and/or port?

    I put in a new drain, a later model rudder, 5" inspection cover to inatal new gudgeon plate and painted my topside with Interlux epoxy paint. I stlll have a leak I haven't fixed yet but the drain takes a cup or so out of the hull after sailing. I put some wedges in side to keep the loose foam...
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    A Theological Question Regarding Sunfish Rigging

    I think you are correct on not changing the fairlead or pulley (whichever your boat has). The mast can pivot. I am going to try it out,. I am not savy on class rules for the Sunfish as I have never attended one. I have inquired from the organizer so if I have to take off some of the gadgets...
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    A Theological Question Regarding Sunfish Rigging

    I am new to sailing and at 77 have a lot to learn and not so much time to learn it. I am somewhat of an analytical guy and wondered why the boom had to be on the port side. This thread answers that question. there isn't an obvious compelling reason. It is likely true that with the wind on...
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    Downwind in a Force 5

    Rob, I know the rules but never assume the guys running powerboats do. I time my passage so that I am the only boat and generally do not take the main ICW lane as the abutment protectors kill the wind. I generally slip though on the windward side outside the main boat lane. The sound has...
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    Downwind in a Force 5

    Thanks for your advice. Gonna be a couple of months before the water warms up enough to be safe out there unless I get a dry suit. It's all making a little sense. There is a section on my run home that I "Sail by the lee". By then the wind is partially blocked by trees and I can sheet out...
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    Downwind in a Force 5

    175590, The centerboard down and the boom out to about 75 degrees makes sense. That will require an occasional jibe. When I jibe in heavy air should I let the boom go out to 90 and then trim it or do you cleat it to stop at 75 degrees? I have capsized before on heavy air jibes and often do a...
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    Downwind in a Force 5

    Andy, The Intra Coastal waterway (ICW) runs through the sound and there is not only power boat traffic but it is pretty narrow where I must go. A broad reach would be ideal but unfortunately not enough room. That's why I have to master downwind runs in moderate wind. When the wind is over 15...
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    Downwind in a Force 5

    First post, Sorry that I should ask questions on a Force Five but there are no active forums on the Force 5 and the Laser and Force 5 boats are quite similar. I have viewed many u-tube videos on Lasers and and still have not mastered downwind technique with my boat. I am fairly new to sailing...
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    Downwind in a Force 5

    At 75 years old and 165 pounds, I find the Force 5 a real handful sailing down wind on brisk days. Can some one tell me how the position the sail, the vang, the Cunningham, centerboard etc. to minimize the chance of capsize. On many afternoons on my way home the wind picks up and is nearly at...
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