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  1. Cam's Minifish

    Transporting the Sunfish of my childhood

    Here is a picture of my Subaru setup : ) Once you get it on the roof, just strap it down with two tow straps and ropes front and back. The wood rack just creates a flat plane -- my crossbars were concave, which I found out is not something you want to balance a keel on...:eek:. The little...
  2. Cam's Minifish

    Beginner Technique

    Thanks that's the exact information I needed.
  3. Cam's Minifish

    Beginner Technique

    Ok, I'll give it a whirl. Unless there is a better DYI option, I'm going to go with a Ronstan Universal Joint and assume I can jury-rig something that looks like a tiller extension to the joint itself. I'll post pics. Thanks.
  4. Cam's Minifish

    Beginner Technique

    Ok, sounds like a good 1st upgrade for the minifish. I've never seen a universal tiller extension, but there seems to be multiple ways for the extension to connect to the universal. The Ronston stick seems to have a mounting pad that screws/bolts to the universal. This seems tricky to DYI...
  5. Cam's Minifish

    Beginner Technique

    ... hand and teeth trimming.
  6. Cam's Minifish

    Beginner Technique

    Here's a video clip and another of two handed trimming. Would have missed it if I didn't know what to look for. I can see why you need a universal joint as it makes it easier to bring your tiller hand forward in order to belay the rope. Sheesh tiller extensions ain't cheap. If I bought the...
  7. Cam's Minifish

    Beginner Technique

    Ohhh that makes sense. It was a bit hairy to take your hand off the tiller with the boat heeled over and water splashing over the coaming. Now if I can just get my tacks a little less frantic, I'll be golden.
  8. Cam's Minifish

    Beginner Technique

    How do you pull in the sail beyond your arms length without taking your hand off of the tiller. Yesterday, I was wedging the tiller against the side of my thigh, but this was a bit dicey. Had a great day sailing the minifish. 14-16 knots all afternoon. It's nice to have as much wind as you...
  9. Cam's Minifish

    Nose Repair Advice Needed

    Just did a similar repair. Largely cosmetic versus the structural of Shorefun's. To form the point of the bow I took a large fountain drink cup and cut it horizontally to give me a curved plastic band. I taped it to the boat and started sticking strips of chopped strand mat to it and filled...
  10. Cam's Minifish

    Boat Pics

    Ohhh. I never thought about it. Thanks.
  11. Cam's Minifish

    Thanks Sunfish Community

    Well, both the boat and my maiden voyage was a success. Having never sailed nor owned a boat I don't think I would have gotten afloat without the support of the community. From repairing the rudder, learning to fiberglass, to building a dolly and now figuring out how to car top the boat...
  12. Cam's Minifish

    Does a Minifish Bounce?

    Thanks for the advice. I'm going to get some kayak blocks and front and rear tie downs. For me the real danger occurs when I pull it off the back of the car and tip it down to put the stern on the ground. At that point the whole boat is balanced on the keel and the edge of the hatchback. I...
  13. Cam's Minifish

    Boat Pics

    Finally on the water. 1977 Minifish.
  14. Cam's Minifish

    Does a Minifish Bounce?

    Wow. That's what I should have had. Thanks. I'll begin to incorporate some of those designs today.
  15. Cam's Minifish

    Does a Minifish Bounce?

    Yes. From the top of my old Subaru Forester a falling minifish makes a Boing sound on impact followed by the louder sound of *:eek:#$:mad:@!!$^:oops:... One of my questions has always been can I load and unload the boat myself. I pushed it up the first time, strapped it down, drove around the...
  16. Cam's Minifish

    Marine-Tex'able Repairs

    Wow, the saran wrap trick really does the trick. I've trapped some air bubbles, but I'm just pleased to reestablish the bow line.
  17. Cam's Minifish

    Marine-Tex'able Repairs

    One more question. In regards to the polyester resin is there any advantage of finishing with PVA vs wax? Ok, one more question :), if I go with PVA, do you just wipe it on?
  18. Cam's Minifish

    Marine-Tex'able Repairs

    Thanks. That's great advice. So can I substitute the 403 microfiber mixed with the polyester resin for the Marine-Tex?
  19. Cam's Minifish

    Marine-Tex'able Repairs

    Oh, I also have 1qt of TotalBoat Polyester Resin and fiberglass mat for a bow repair. Can I somehow thicken up the resin and up and use that instead of Marine-Tex?
  20. Cam's Minifish

    Marine-Tex'able Repairs

    1st crack at fiberglassing. I've been following po-man's fiberglass thread/adventure and wanted to throw some pics up to see if Marine-Tex will work for these repairs. The previous patches seem solid, should I grind these back to see what's underneath? Thanks for the advice.
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