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    I sailed all the way across Lake Washington (Seattle) yesterday

    I suppose it isn't that far, but it felt a little intimidating to sail clear across the lake and back in such a small boat, especially with a ten-year-old squirming around as unstable ballast the whole time. HA! She likes to lie belly-down on the bow in front of the mast, which really plows the...
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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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    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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    Fiberglass damage

    I turned my new (very old) boat over for the first time to inspect its state. There's a variety of damage, including areas where the gel coat has worn through to reveal the mesh beneath, some cracks that are wider than hairlines (concentrated at the front of the daggerboard trunk) and hairline...
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    Both Intensity and Neil Pryde describe their sails inconsistently

    I realize there are some very old threads that discuss this, but I don't see a clear conclusion yet. IntensitySails describe their sails as racing sails of 75 sqft, while Neil Pryde describes their sails as rec sails of 84 sqft. Consequently, they are both inconsistent. To my understanding...
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    Upgrades made to an old Sunfish, so far

    Here's the maintenance and upgrades I've made on my recently acquired ancient Sunfish so far. I revarnished the daggerboard and tiller (the rudder is fine). I built a dolly. I replaced the halyard fairlead block with a double-block. I didn't want to replace it with a bullseye because I am very...
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    Adding mast cleat (and other retrofits to an old fish)

    I recently acquired a very old Sunfish: Old style spoon rudder/tiller with old-style mount Spoon daggerboard No mast cleat Halyard fairlead is a pulley, not a bullseye, that the halyard only fits through once, preventing the "double-pass-through" rigging method. Absent the more modern mast...
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