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    Old style rudder: to fix or just sail?

    Hi Pirate Marc. You definitely need the lower bracket screwed down as Charles Howard mentions. My guess is the block isn’t rotted, or at least that much, if the screw broke and didn’t just pull out. Once you have the old screw out, I would fill the hole with thickened epoxy, and then drill a...
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    Diet program for my 2000 sunfish

    Hi Andy, I would encourage you not to put in the second port. I have a port near the stern, and every time I look at it, I just think ”UGLY”! It was ugly when I put it in, and it’s even uglier now that age, even with the boat under a cover, has yellowed it. When I see other boats with ports...
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    Got A Trailer, Prepping For A Sunfish.

    Yes, i would move the bunks close to the trapier tongue and out more to the sides. To cut the curve, I would scribe a line using the hull of the boat as a guide. Use a saber saw to cut the wood. Hope that helps. Good luck!
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    Sunfish Hull Repair

    Hi Frank, The short answer is, “Yes,” but I would try desperately to avoid it. The simple reason is that an inspection port on the bow IMHO is not, how shall we say, aesthetically pleasing. I have one on the stern of my boat, and every time I look at it I regret putting it in, even though it...
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    Got A Trailer, Prepping For A Sunfish.

    Hi, I would look to move the bunks outboard and forward so that the boat is supported close to the chines where the boat is strongest. The ends of the bunks want to be past where the cubby and footwell meet, however. I would also shape the bunks so that they fit the hull properly and round...
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    Refurbished junked trailer

    I agree with you, registering a trailer as homemade is EZPZ in Mass. I’ve done it twice: once for a 24’ sailboat, and once for 30’ sailboat. Besides the easy registering of trailers, extra bonus in Mass is that you don’t have to register a sailboat unless it has a motor.
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    Old Style Rudder - Lower Plate Attachment

    Hi arsweb, I will check tomorrow, but I believe the screw is a #12 bronze. I think the length is 1 1/4 “. If you are hitting something hard at 1/2”, I would check to see if the old screw didn’t shear. If the old screw did shear, you will need to use one of those screw extractors that looks...
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    Crows nest..

    Astroturf decks, party barges... I think being in lock-down is starting to get the better of us all. :)
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    Wood roof-rack for Tacoma

    Hi Benswingin, Executive overview: Don't do it. Summary report: I did once tow my children's two kayaks, with them aboard, side by side or "side by each" as they sometimes say around here. It did sorta work, but I think the others are right, what you are proposing is just too much drag...
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    New Sunfish owner questions

    Thanks for your advice. I find if a trucker’s hitch gets wet, a consideration on a Sunfish, it can be difficult to release/skip. It’s just a bit of complexity that IMHO is unnecessary. For a simple person like myself, twisting the mast so the boom aligns with the halyard, and then using the...
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    New Sunfish owner questions

    Yep, exactly right. Works for me at least.
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    New Sunfish owner questions

    I like trucker’s hitches, but it wouldn’t work for me in that application. I like to lower the sail and then paddle to the ramp. Trying to undo the hitch so that the line can run through the mast cap would be difficult. It’s enough trouble undoing the vang arrangement and then un-cleating...
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    Old Style Rudder

    Hi Tom, Look for a post I made using these words: “PTFE Tubes”. That post should tell you what you need to know for replacing the tube. You can find replacement pins on eBay for about $20 . Hope that helps.
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    Hole in spine/keel; repair guidance needed!

    Hi Aaegoavil, Unless there are super compelling reasons to add the bow and stern ports, my advice would be to not do it. IMHO, boats that look like they are related to Swiss cheese are just not attractive. Those ports, at least to me, also just scream, "Problems!" I had to put an inspection...
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    Water hiding in Hull!

    Hi Jimbob23, When I first got my boat it had damage that looked similar to your picture. Digging into it, I found the glass was split/broken all the way through the hull. I hope I am mistaken, but my guess is that your boat has that damage as well. On my boat, I ended up grinding out the...
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    New Sunfish owner questions

    Hi pehare, I would leave the boom height the way it is, and try it out. I just measured mine, and it is 6.5" off the deck with no main-sheet tension, which would increase that number as it pivots on the gooseneck. I am in my early sixties and have no problem tacking or gybing with the boom...
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    shopping and fixing questions

    Hello High Bar Sailor. People would also tie limiting knots in the bridle restricting how far the main-sheet clip could slide. This would have given sailors the option as to where the main would sheet into before most/all of the further trimming would pull down on the leach. Given the rig is...
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    shopping and fixing questions

    Hi Tippy, As Mr. Boathead suggests, unless you are racing the boat, I would use line. It's cheap, it will never rust/corrode, it won't mar the tiller as much, and you can fool around with the length easily. Years ago line was legal for racing, but then people started doing rope tricks and the...
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    Sailing backwards

    Hi again. I just raise the board as high as I think I can without it hitting the boom. I don't take the board out. One of the reasons I said, "grab the boom", is that if you grab the boom with your hand, you don't have to sheet in which would pull the boom down, reducing how high you can lift...
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    Sailing backwards

    hi Seaotter5. It would work again, but I have had better luck lifting the dagger board and then grabbing the boom and pulling it in far enough that it catches the wind. With the reduced lateral resistance amidships, the boat will pivot around the stern where there is comparatively now more...
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