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    Tiller Extension Extension?

    Im often sailing my 470 single handedly, which is fine in low wind. The problem happens when the wind picks up and the boat is way overpowered. I thought I might be able to sail in heavier wind if I could ride the crew’s trap, but that would require a longer tiller extension. I don’t want to...
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    470 #9 free

    Hey the boat that you sold sounds like the same manufacturer and vintage as mine. Still got photos? Remember the sail number?
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    Sunfish ‘Snow’boat?

    Thanks wiki!
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    Sunfish ‘Snow’boat?

    If your a DN racer, I’ve heard that they typically race at 20-40 mph. It’s more about how much faster than the wind you go, which could be up to 5 times.
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    Sunfish ‘Snow’boat?

    I’m guessing the runners I saw came from a stern-steering design — where the cantilevered runner would act as a ballast. Any ideas on a cheap runner? I’ve seen angle iron (even bedframe :eek:), steel sheet (which I suppose is the best method, at a thick enough gauge and given a “V” edge), I’ve...
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    Sunfish ‘Snow’boat?

    Why are iceboat runners VERY heavy? (At least the old ones). I’ve seen them made of cast iron, 1/2 inch thick :confused:. Is this the equivalent of a weighted keel?
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    Sunfish ‘Snow’boat?

    Ah yes :D ‘Cheapskate’. Very curious if that same rig sails well in snow (which I heard is the equivalent of sailing a yacht with the keel turned 90 degrees :confused:).
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    Sunfish ‘Snow’boat?

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    Sunfish ‘Snow’boat?

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    Sunfish ‘Snow’boat?

    I’ll post some updated pictures of the CAD soon. Until then, does anybody have dimensions, or at least the location relative to the lower boom of the ‘swivel boom blocks’? I can’t seem to find that information.
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    Sunfish ‘Snow’boat?

    Yes, the international DN was my inspiration. The history is pretty neat, must have been a shock for Terrier :eek::D
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    Sunfish ‘Snow’boat?

    Oh, a few other things: In working out the geometry, I found that tilting the mast back slightly allows a more evenly distributed stay orientation. The tilted mast also causes the boom to swing up when running downwind, allowing more room between the side stay. Also, the side stats will not be...
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    Sunfish ‘Snow’boat?

    The bay I sail on freezes in the winter. The surface however never completely clears of snow. The lake that feeds the bay also changes levels - developing layers of ice. Simply, we don’t get good ice. I wanted to create ‘snowboat’ (not sure if thats a word :confused:) that uses runners that ride...
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    470 Questions

    Discovered the “like button” today (hehe :D). Thanks for all the help!
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    470 Questions

    Thanks! She’s all packed up for the season, won’t see water until next season :(. Now “bolt tension” is new... Is the “bolt” the boards pivot? This can’t be easily tightened on my boat as it is captured in glass on both sides. I’m a bit concerned about the boards mechanism (I won’t be able to...
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