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    Outhaul control: why around the gooseneck?

    Ah, that all makes sense. Thanks.
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    Outhaul control: why around the gooseneck?

    The outhaul upgrade pulls the a line from the clew, through the eye at the end of the boom (sometimes (always?) with a double purchase by first attaching to the eye, then through the clew, and back through the eye, as opposed to a simple bowline at the clew that feeds through the eye a single...
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    Upgrades made to an old Sunfish, so far

    I've also attached a mast cleat and replaced the unwindowed yellow/blue sail with an Intensity sail (windowed with greater draft, but boring white). No pics of that yet. And I have some V-cleats for the outhaul and cunningham but I haven't attached them yet. And I have the original style rudder...
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    Upgrades made to an old Sunfish, so far

    The drain plug was a lost cause. Here's the replacement. It literally chipped apart as I wedged it up. The corrosion on the inside was abominable.
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    Upgrades made to an old Sunfish, so far

    I doubt anyone finds the saga of my upgrades interesting, but I'll continue nonetheless. Here's the new mainsheet bridle.
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    Mast Cleat and Fairlead Question

    https://sailingforums.com/threads/upgrades-made-to-an-old-sunfish-so-far.44009/ The thread above shows photos of my halyard deck block replacement.
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    Mast Cleat and Fairlead Question

    If you make sure to get a block with a removable shackle, you can connect it to the same brass eye on the deck that the original brass block was connected to. I didn't have to unscrew or rescrew the eye at the deck -- which of course would have risked weakening the screw holes or even dropping...
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    Mast Cleat and Fairlead Question

    I bought one at West Marine -- and then visited my parents a week later and found out that my dad had a whole box of leftover blocks and shackles and cleats from our sailing days when I was a kid. Doh! That was a waste of money.
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    Well, I give up up on freeing the brass drain plug

    Thanks. I figured it wouldn't be under much strain. I just wasn't sure what the criteria are for actually achieving a solid attachment. Admittedly, I have very little feel for how strongly a screw can bite into fiberglass. It might be more secure than I'm worried about.
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    Well, I give up up on freeing the brass drain plug

    PB Blaster over multiple sessions accomplished nothing. I filed opposing sides of the head flat to get a wrench around it, but the brass disintegrates under pressure, as with a screw driver and hammer of course. Are all the kayak plugs identical? They're available everywhere, including Amazon...
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    Mast Cleat and Fairlead Question

    I've been upgrading an ancient Sunfish all summer. I replaced the single brass block under the mast with a double block and added a mast cleat. The double block makes it a cinch to pull the gooseneck down. I recommend both upgrades (double deck block and mast cleat).
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    To Mast Cleat or Not To Mast Cleat…

    I added a mast cleat a few weeks ago and took it out for the first time two days ago. Worked like a charm. I had already previously replaced the single brass block at the deck (not a bullseye) with a double block, so now I can cleat the halyard on the mast, continue to the deck, up around the...
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    Fiberglass damage

    PB Blaster and gently hammering a reasonably large flathead hasn't broken it loose yet. I attempted another trick I've tried in similar situations, which is to file opposing sides of the otherwise round head flat to enable a wrench to get a grip on the head, but I still couldn't rotate the...
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    Fiberglass damage

    How far will duct tape get me? :D
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    Fiberglass damage

    I'm not very concerned about color-matching the bottom of the hull. Only the fish would have any opportunity to judge me for it. All right, I'll figure out how to leak test and consider what would be involved in pulling the gel coat on the dagger board trunk cracks back enough to analyze or fix...
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    Fiberglass damage

    You mean cover the hull in soap, pressurize the hull, and look for bubbles? No. I have no way to get in. The forty-odd year old drain plug is, as yet, unopenanble.
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    Fiberglass damage

    Hmmm, that's the second post to express concern that the damage around the daggerboard might be problematic. While I want to solve any real leaks that are present, I'm not keen on sanding otherwise thing cracks way back to reveal the fiberglass just to inspect the state of the fiberglass for...
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    Fiberglass damage

    Well, I have a pretty big screwdriver, but I'm not sure it's worth the cost of a really larger screwdriver plus a can of PB Blaster when I can replace the entire thing for $15 or so. Ah me.
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    Fiberglass damage

    I already chipped the bronze flat head slot once. I'm afraid to work on it now. I haven't tried PB Blaster yet though. Frankly, I'm tempted to wedge the whole thing off and put in a new plastic plug. Also, I noticed that if I flip the boat completely over (that was how I took the photos) it...
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    Both Intensity and Neil Pryde describe their sails inconsistently

    Thank you. I was mostly shopping for a sail with a window, as I find my current sail almost impossible to use in that respect. I just figured, so long as there are some affordable options with windows that also having the racing characteristics, why would I bother *not* getting such a sail...
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