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    Classic AMF Alcort Sunfish with new Right-On Trailer/Dolly Combo

    Craig, I would consider meeting you 1/2 way. Thomas
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    Classic AMF Alcort Sunfish with new Right-On Trailer/Dolly Combo

    Hello, Yes, it is still available. It's not "like new" but it's in excellent condition and has never been painted. This spring I refinished the original mahagony rudder/tiller/daggerboard and added the new cam cleat to the Karken ratchet block and a hiking strap and inspection port. I...
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    Classic AMF Alcort Sunfish with new Right-On Trailer/Dolly Combo

    Enjoy the remaining summer sailing on a classic 1984 AMF Alcott Sunfish in excellent condition. Serious offers only. Only sailed in fresh water. Purchased from original owner in May 2016 who only sailed it three times. A new (2016) Right-On trailer/dolly makes launching easy (WV registered...
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    1971 Sunfish Sailboat (Restored w/ upgrades)

    N Sorry - long story - there's a Milton WV and I had spoken to someone from Milton last summer who was interested in my boat here in WV. I'm not the NH person but had asked him about how he restored hi Sunfish. I apologize for the confusion.
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    1971 Sunfish Sailboat (Restored w/ upgrades)

    Hi, I'm in Huntington, WV. My Alcott Sunfish is a 1984 and has only been used one summer. I bought it last summer along with a new Right-On dolly trailer combo. I've installed a new ratchet block with a swivel cam cleat and new aluminum timer extension and all new lines. I also installed a new...
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    Adjustable Hiking Strap

    D Nice. Questions- Does that first sequence of overhand knots have a name? Why not use a single bowline?
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    1971 Sunfish Sailboat (Restored w/ upgrades)

    I have an Alcort Sunfish since last summer. How did you restore the gelcoat to such a pristine condition? I've not looked into this yet.
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    Need for attachment to Dinghy in case of heavy weather

    Thank you. Others also agree the author's comment is ill advised. However, I think you're being unfair in general about the book however - it's filled with much useful detailed information otherwise from someone who clearly loved sailing and motivates the reader to do the same. The book was...
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    Need for attachment to Dinghy in case of heavy weather

    In "Dinghy Ownership - Mainly for the Non-Racing Man", Geoffrey Nightingale (1956) opines that one should, for safety while single-handing or otherwise, attach a mainsheet, or other line secured to the dinghy, to one's lifejacket, in the event of becoming separated from the boat. Can anyone here...
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    Attaching a sheet to one's PFD for safety

    In an uncontrolled gybe, a sailor could get knocked off the boat and dazed, with the stopper holding the boat on a run.
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    Center of effort on mainsail moves forward with speed??

    Thanks for the reply. Yes, under-cambered (or flatter) at low speed. Bernoulli Law's (conservation of energy for incompressible, laminar fluid flow) explains it all. There is a larger forward of the net force component, averaged over the entire foil with the asymmetrical air foil that develops...
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    Center of effort on mainsail moves forward with speed??

    In Geoffrey Nightingale's classic book "Dinghy ownership ..." (1956) (page 84), he states that the CE on the mainsail moves forward with motion. This has me puzzled, unless one can argue that the Bernoulli pressure gradient has a larger forward component due to its more curved shape as it...
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    Attaching a sheet to one's PFD for safety

    Understood - thanks. Nothing like the voice of experience. No sheet on me then after checking for good weather. I think Nightingale's dinghies also in some cases, included a jib, so they could keep sailing away. I get it that not the case then with the Sunfish.
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