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  1. Noodles

    I wanna buy a sailboat.

    Shoot, for a hundred bucks, you'd get a lot of spare parts, and a trailer to boot. If the hull is beyond repair, but you get a daggerboard, spars, ratchet, trailer, and rudder, then it's a good deal. Your next find may be an excellent hull... and that's it. Good luck to you.
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    I guess I was misinformed about the Wednesday night races, I thought they gathered and raced all comers, split into classes. Oh well. Glad you found someone nice to help out, no rudder control is a sure recipe for disaster. You should still stop by the Sunfish dealer or the dinghy school to...
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    Oso, How far did you get before you flipped? Did you rig and hoist while on the trailer? I drop my boat with the mast up and the spars down, pull it till it's at the far end of the ramp and finish rigging there. The last thing I do before casting off is raise the sail. In a favorable wind...
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    TeamOso, I live in CC also, and you're right, the weather's good for sailing all year round. Where are you launching from that you're getting stuck? I used to go to North beach past the Lex, and sail into the marina and tootle around for a while, but the 100-yard sandy drag to and from the...
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    How do you install the inspection ports?

    I know I posted this on a similar thread last week, but FYI - If you're installing the port for a specific repair or upgrade, you'll have more elbow room if you cut the hole in the deck, do the repair, and then mount the inspection port. Other than that, follow the directions from windline...
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    Rudder conversion question

    A one-time advantage of installing a port for a specific repair (or upgrade, in your case) is that you can cut out the hole in the hull, do the repair, and THEN install the port into the hole. Your hole is cut a little oversize of the port you're installing, and you get a little extra room to work.
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    tying jens rig

    I believe the one you linked is the preferred method, not the one pictured, for these reasons: - As photographed, the mast cap COULD pop off from excessive shear, when it was designed for equal downforce on each side of the hole. - If the photographed jens were changed to a single loop, ran...
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    Sail ties

    Good grief, BB, even I have standards :p
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    Sail ties

    Nylon parachute cord ("550 cord") has worked well for me.
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    In Irons

    Sailing backwards to get out of irons is the sailing version of a 3-point turn. If your sail and bow are straight into the wind, and you have no forward momentum left (dead in the water), you are in irons. You need your boat to turn away from the wind, so you can sheet back in, and start going...
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    A few questions from a new Sunfish owner

    Supercub, The sail might be smaller, but the spar may be sitting a few feet to starboard. In a 2D photo, this would make it look more narrow. Can't see the height, but I guessed the apex and compared it to the boat length, and it looks about right. Dunno. Noodles (nitpicking on a day off)
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    Quick question..hiking strap

    The Tyvek sail was done on a lark. We probably saw the same page. It was one of those things that was so cool in an oddball sort of way that I just had to do it. I got the sheet from a superintendant of a development being built nearby (he had about fifty 100-foot rolls, and he just gave me...
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    Quick question..hiking strap

    If you have the attaching hardware in the cockpit already, you can make a strap from just about anything that looks like a strap, and some rope. Or just a rope. Not recommended permanently, but it would do for a day. My strap was toast after 10+ years in the sun before I got it (so was the...
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    Wood for centerboard

    Central American (Honduran, etc), or "genuine" mahogany is preferred, Asian (Philippine) mahogany is an excellent, and less expensive second choice. Most of the tropical hardwoods would work well for marine - look at how much teak is used on boats. Oak would make a fine board, although a...
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    Sail Question

    Al, If color and design don't matter, and price is, you might consider having a sailmaker "recycle" a used sail. A sunfish sail can often be cut from a larger sail that was replaced because it had simply gotten edge-beaten. I got one for about $100 in Austin. My boat is an Aquafinn, and the...
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    New boat and lots of questions

    Sun-RA, Welcome aboard! Although a smaller line would probably work as a main, your hands will probably thank you for the 3/8, since they are a little easier to hang on to when you're not cleated or blocked. The hook on the forward lip of the cockpit is not, as many assume, a badly-designed...
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    performance of a nylon sail?

    You could also use TYVEK and set the kids loose with a couple markers.
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    Roll-tacking a Sunfish

    Welcome back, OG.
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    Cunningham/Outhall Rigging

    Generally, yes, simpler is better, but in this case, the purchase allows you to snug up more. The pulley effect.
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    Launching from seawall?

    Much as I'd like to help, I'd prefer not to be strapped to a stern.