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  1. RogerMusser

    Damaged Cockpit drain-plug straps

    This prototype used a 4-inch piece of Gorilla Tape and then an extra 1/2-inch by 2-inch strip to reinforce it. I put the plug in tightly and I could pull out the plug without ripping the tape. I don’t know how well it will work after it spends a summer wet and in the sun though. I’ll give it a...
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    Damaged Cockpit drain-plug straps

    Here’s a variation on L&VW’s idea of a Gorilla Tape repair: I used some black tape so that it would show up better in the photo. It’s the 2-inch wide tape and I used a 2 & 1/4-inch strip of it. Cut the hole with a pair of scissors. I am concerned about trying to grip the wet tape with wet...
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    Damaged Cockpit drain-plug straps

    Thanks L&VW, I’ll give that a try. I am going to order some replacement plugs but in the event that the plugs are unavailable I’ll have a “Plan B” ready to go.
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    Damaged Cockpit drain-plug straps

    Thanks for the input. I'm trying to increase our club's fleet utilizing some unused boats that need parts. Some of the parts needed are much more expensive than these straps but I'd still like to minimize club expenses.
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    Damaged Cockpit drain-plug straps

    Our sailing club has a half-dozen damaged straps, the ends of each have torn off. The strap that I refer to is that piece of white rubbery material that acts as a retainer for the cockpit drain plug. The entire strap is in fine condition except for the tiny piece that we use to grip the plug...
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    Interesting Nautical Terms on Craigslist, Facebook Marketplace etc.

    When I demonstrate how to rig a Sunfish I call the part that the halyard goes through a “tunnel”. “Bullseye fairlead” seems a bit over the top. I do like “keel thingy” from the original poster’s list, I might adopt that one next season.
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    Beginner Technique

    Our sailing club, with 9 seaworthy Sunfish boats in the fleet has quite a few shabby tiller extensions. If we just had one Sunfish it would not be such a burden to get a new, quality tiller extension but I hesitate to ask the club to spend hundreds of dollars on new tiller extensions. Plus...
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    Beginner Technique

    That short video shows two handed trimming nicely, thanks.
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    Beginner Technique

    Two-handed trimming, while one of the hands is minding the tiller extension, is challenging. Best to practice on days with light winds. I couldn’t find any tutorials on Youtube, anyone seen any?
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    Turtle Prevention

    I find it easiest to get back on the Sunfish by swimming onto the back deck, the smooth surface just aft of the cockpit. I don’t try to board the boat as I would from a pool onto a pool deck, that is: my body is not vertical in the water. I get my body horizontal, and float onto the aft deck...
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    Turtle Prevention

    I’ve been teaching Capsize Recovery to some adults new to the Sunfish and for some students the hardest thing is to get them to turn the boat on it’s side. They tend to get clear of the boat just before it goes over, this leaves them in the water and the boat floating right side up. It’s good...
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    Repairing bent pintle

    I could not find any old posts explaining how to straighten bent pintles. Can this be done? Our sail club has a small collection of bent sunfish pintles, all bent near the top (as it sits on the stern). Some are just slightly bent, others more noticeably. Anyone with any experience...
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    Sunfish wanted in NC

    Brian, Have you tried contacting the Lake Norman Community Sailing club? I am a member and I had heard from one of the officers that there might be one or more for sale. The club has many Sunfish boats in use plus several that are just a few easily replaced parts and a good scrubbing away from...
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    Turtle Prevention

    This post concerns boats used by children during lessons. I’d like to make recovery from a capsize quick and easy so that the student can spend more time sailing and less time righting a turtled Sunfish. Maybe for other novice students, too. Typically masthead floats are placed at the top of...
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    Expanding foam in Mast

    I am hoping that the foam is only at the top and bottom and not for the whole length of the mast. It seems that if you could get the foam to seal-off the top and bottom there would be no need to have foam all the way. The trapped air would certainly be lighter then foam. There are lots of...
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    Sunfish on top of a Chevy Caprice?

    In the mid-70s I brought home, from purchase, a Sunfish, on top of a 1970 VW Beetle. The boat rested on wooden boards attached with clips and big suction cups. I stopped several times to check and adjust the straps and lines. I think that I logged about 90 scary minutes of car-topping. It...
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    Turtle Prevention

    I’ll give it a try.
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    Turtle Prevention

    Lafayette Mike: The 12-inch piece? That’s on a Sunfish? Any drawbacks? Such as storage problems, wear on sail , other issues?
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    main block and hiking straps?

    I think that the hiking straps are for people who’s legs are not long enough to reach to opposite-side lip. My preference is to have a cam cleat that locks-in the sheet. But, be ready to ease the sheet at a moment’s notice.
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    New Guy

    Alan’s advice sounds good to me. If the backing board is missing and it is not possible to re-attach the handle in that way — you might explore going without a bow handle. I find myself often using the bow handle and I think that I would want to install one quickly. You, however may not need...
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