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    Strava?

    So, I take my smart phone, Bluetooth it to my waterproof speaker (for my music), then I turn on the Strava app. Next, I take my phone and put it in a zip lock sandwich bag, then take that and put it inside a ziplock gallon freezer bag. Next walk out to the boat and put the phone/ziplocks into...
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    Strava?

    So, now my official personal best is 12.3 kts.
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    Strava?

    Found a fun, easy, and FREE app called Strava. Allows you to track time, distance, and speed. At the end it also posts your track and speed on google maps. (Now I’m going for personal speed records in my Sunfish, as I skip off the surface of the lake, riding on the plane.). Fun stuff...
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    Starting at the BEGINNING

    Zoe, I was very timid and nervous when I first started my repairs. I’m not a terribly handy person and I was over my head. My advice is this - don’t be in a hurry and don’t let fear stop you. Just pick one little thing that needs fixing. Research how to do it from the experts on this site...
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    Sunfish Restoration: AMF Alcort Division Viper and Sugar 2

    Signal Charlie, I initially went through Corpus as a stud in 95-96 in VT-28. Then came back again as an IP to VT-28 a week after the towers fell in 2001. That orange and white paint scheme is burned into my brain as well - single best job in the Marine Corps! That pic was most likely taken...
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    Sunfish Restoration: AMF Alcort Division Viper and Sugar 2

    Signal Charlie! Great to see another Marine around here. I went throught primary flight training in VT-28 (right next door to 27) as a Second Lieutenant in the Corps. Those days are long behind me now, but the Marine Corps has a special place in my heart, and has fostered my love of the water...
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    heavy weight hiking

    Thats it! I love to be on a run headed home! My launch point is almost ALWAYS an upwind tack - which can be a difficult start. (My dock is on the North side of the lake, and the winds are generally from the South). Running and then dropping the sail and coasting into my slip, at the end of a...
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    Repairing a crack in the mast step

    PaddyWagon, Here is a website that will help you find the date. Scroll down on the left to find the corresponding dates. Sunfish model year table Looks like a 1971. Hope this helps, Whitecap
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    heavy weight hiking

    Mixmkr, So I just got back from a sail. The steady winds were out of 190 degrees at 15 kts. The metar at KNFW (where the nearest weather station reports, showed no gusts today. WRONG!). I was at 15, gusting now and again to 20-ish kts. (Im a pilot and have spent most of my professional life...
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    heavy weight hiking

    Hey mix.. Over dinner, I was thinking...... in the really gusty days....instead of taking the bait and fully hiking out (knowing that the wind will die so quickly and we could end up in the drink, if you don't react quickly enough), instead of hiking out, maybe we could just spill the extra wind...
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    heavy weight hiking

    Mixmkr, I'm 6'1" 190 pounds. On my lake we can get very gusty conditions (double the steady state conditions). Sometimes south winds at 10kts gusting to 15-22. Last year, I put on a hiking strap on conjuction with my rear inspection port and fat sack. I havent used the strap yet. Im long...
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    Is using a paddle cheating?

    Here is a good thread about home made dollies. Read the whole thread. The dollies at the end of the thread seem to be the best (as the dolly product seems to evolve over time). Maybe this will help you. El Cheapo Sunfish Dolly | SailingForums.com -Whitecap
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    Is using a paddle cheating?

    "Another option is to swim out and pull the boat if the wind isn't too strong." This is what I do every time I sail (two times a week). I have a dock that has a slip oriented North/South. We get 10-15 kts of Southerly winds almost every day on our lake. I lower the boat slip, jump in the...
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    Is using a paddle cheating?

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    Is using a paddle cheating?

    Take a look at a great invention called "the praddle". It's a one-handed paddle designed for small sail boats. Unlike using a daggerboard, using the praddle, you can paddle and steer the boat at the same time. I mounted my praddle inside the cockpit, on the side wall, under the cockpit lip...
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