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    Making New Grab Rails Out of Wood

    Does anyone have a cross session picture of a wood grab rail for a Laser? Also, any thoughts on what type of wood was originally used? I think the ones on my first Laser (33409) were white oak or maybe ash. Cannot remember for sure, it was a long time ago. I have plastic ones on the boat...
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    Fixing leak and repairing gelcoat and gelcoat cracks

    Hello fellow Sunfishers. I hope you are all safe and well. I've had my 1971 Sunfish for more than five years, and for the first three it never leaked a drop. A couple of summers ago, however, after returning from a sail I discovered that the cat bag from the inspection port was wet. Hmm. I...
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    Making a Sunfish Wind Indicator

    Hi everyone, I made a wind indicator for my Sunfish a while ago and have been very happy with it. I thought I would share it here with the hope that someone finds it useful. The design is similar in concept to the "coat hangar" model, but uses a flat piece of stainless steel which I think...
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    Fixing leaky mast

    Hello fellow Sunfishers. With the rudder all done, I decided to tackle some other SF issues, and first on the list is the leaky mast. This is the second time I have tackled this job. The first time was only three or four years ago, and although I thought I was careful taking things apart and...
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    Making new style rudder for old style boat

    Hello fellow Sunfishers, As the title of the post says, I am making a new style rudder for my Sunrish which has the old style rudder hardware. Using the class rule book and drawing it all out, when I measure the angle between the leading edge of the rudder and the perpendicular line of the...
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    Radial Bottom Section Bend

    Hi everyone, I thought it might be fun to go out sailing earlier today as winds were in the teens gusting into the 20's. Given that I weigh 165, I decided to use a radial rig. While pulling the sail off after I was done, I noticed that the bottom section (Laser brand) now has a slight bend...
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    How much time do I have? - Upper Boom Corrosion

    Hello fellow Sunfishers. I noticed today that corrosion has eaten through the upper boom about one foot below where I have the halyard tied. Have a look at the pictures. My question is, is the boom likely to fold the next time I go sailing in any kind of a breeze, or will it last like it is...
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    Orientation of cunningham and outhaul cleats

    Hello fellow Sunfishers. I am upgrading my boat to have an adjustable cunningham and outhaul, and I have a couple of questions regarding placement of the cleats. I am going to place the cunningham cleat forward of the mainsheet turning block on the boom. My thought was that I would orient...
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    Nautos Radial or Other Club Radial Lower Section

    Hi, Does anyone have any experience with the Nautos radial lower section or any other club/training radial lower section? At roughly half the price of a Laser branded radial mast section, I am wondering what if anything I am giving up besides the ability to be "class legal"? Thanks in...
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    Lifting Laser onto a dock

    Hi everyone, This year my club will be putting in new floating docks for the express purpose of holding small sailboats: Lasers, Sunfish, etc. Boats will be rigged, launched and hauled from the dock directly. On that topic I have a couple of questions: Question #1 - What is the best way to...
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    New rudder blade shape for old rudder hardware

    Hello fellow Sunfishers, I am thinking about building another set of blades for my 71 Sunfish. The new longer dagger board is straight forward, but has anyone tried and succeeded in adapting the new rudder shape with the old bronze rudder hardware? I sketched it out on paper, and with a...
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    Reinforced Boom

    Hi everyone. I have a 1995 Laser which has been hanging from the ceiling joists in my garage for the better part of 20 years. I'm thinking of going sailing again and maybe do a little racing. I would like to upgrade to one of the newer vang systems, but am worried about the boom. Is there...
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    DePersia Bailer questions

    Hello fellow Sunfishers. I recently acquired a NOS DePersia bailer. I have a couple of questions: 1. The plastic bailer that is in the boat now came with a rubber O ring that fit between the bailer and the bottom of the boat. The DePersia bailer came with a 1/16" flat rubber washer and an...
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    Block on boom placement

    Hello fellow Sunfishers. My 1971 Sunfish redo is nearly complete, and this past weekend I rigged the boat and put up the sail. I noticed that the block on the boom is quite a bit aft from the main sheet hook in the cockpit. Is there a reason for this? Every boat I have ever sailed without a...
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    Tiller height, bronze keel plate questions

    Hello fellow Sunfishers. I have a couple of questions regarding the bronze keel plate used in the old style rudder. I refinished the rudder of my 1971 Sunfish and made a new tiller and extension exactly like the ones that came with the boat. When I reassembled everything, I was surprised...
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    To wash out the inside of the hull or not?

    Work on my 1971 Sunfish has been proceeding at a good clip. Today I cut a hole for a 5" inspection port. Looking into the hole, there was no water sloshing about, but the humidity inside was very high. When I placed my hand on the dagger-board trunk, it definitely got wet from the...
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    Screws have stripped backing block for rudder

    Hello fellow Sunfishers, The screws on that hold the bronze plate won't fully tighten, and it seems that over the years water has gotten into the holes and weakened/rotted the wood fibers. The block seems tight to the hull as I can push on the screws and nothing seems to move. Obviously don't...
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    Inspection port placement old rudder style

    Hello fellow Sunfish owners. My Sunfish has the old style rudder, and I am wondering where to place an inspection port near the stern On the new style rudder boats everyone seems to locate the ports on centerline a few inches in from the stern. With the old style rudder I cannot do that since...
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    Seitech Dolly

    Hi everyone, Thanks again for those who answered my prior thread on a 1971 Sunfish. So, here's the thing. I have a Seitech Dolly for my Laser. Does anyone know if I can adapt it to fit the Sunfish? Many thanks for your help.
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    1971 Sunfish

    Hi everyone, I am new to this forum. I picked up what I believe to be a 1971 Sunfish for free last fall. I say, "believe," as it has both a storage compartment behind the cockpit and the old style bronze rudder fittings. I read in the sailingtexas.com site under Sunfish model year table...
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