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    Mast bottom cap fastener pin diameter?

    I don't have a micrometer, but I do have a new mast base cap and a set of drill bits. My eye says that the pins are the same diameter as my 5/64 inch drill bit (on the left), and smaller than my 3/32 drill bit (on the right).
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    rope steering on a Sailfish

    It works!! I test-sailed this prototype for a couple of hours, circa 5-7 pm yesterday, at speeds up to 4 mph in wind up to 8 mph, but no waves since this was a small flat shallow lake where I test new rigs. The final test version used white nylon twine instead of woven rope, since it doesn't...
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    Laser Falling Down Mountain

    I thought "Laser falling down mountain" was going to be the first line of a Haiku!
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    rope steering on a Sailfish

    OK thanks. So if I follow this, that essentially was a way of turning your Grumman rope steering back into something like the standard steering system for a Sunfish or Sailfish, i.e. a sternpost rudder with a two-part forward-extending tiller that the helmsman controls by reaching aft to hold...
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    rope steering on a Sailfish

    Why? (a) Mast is more nearly vertical, hence easier for it to turn. This pennant is tied to the fishing rod, so the whole rod has to turn in its socket with the wind; this would be harder to do if the socket was not vertical. Also, since it's just sitting in the socket by gravity, it would...
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    rope steering on a Sailfish

    I don't get this. Is this tiller in front of you, like I am trying to do, or behind you, like a conventional rudder? Or is the U-shaped tiller a really big U, that has long arms that extend around your whole body? If so, is the bottom of the U in front of you or behind you? Also, what didn't...
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    rope steering on a Sailfish

    An issue with just clamping the line is that I also want eventually to be able to clip and unclip the steering lines from the rudder when I dismount it, while keeping the lines at their intended optimal length, i.e. without untying anything. For now I've just shifted over to loops of heavy...
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    rope steering on a Sailfish

    Thanks for your input. Yes, I totally agree about the end-grain eyelets; I just put them in that way when I first had the idea and wanted to test the geometry, to get a sense of what lengths for the two rocker bars and the front tiller would give a reasonable range of rudder motion, without...
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    rope steering on a Sailfish

    I put a double-wide bench seat on my 1962 Super Sailfish Mk2 so I can hike out a bit by sliding over, while still having back support and a footrest. But this made it more difficult to hold the tiller behind the seat. Alan Glos suggested trying rope steering, as in many sailing canoes like the...
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    Sailfish/Sunfish Identification Help

    So, what is the smallest serial number yet known to have been stamped on the rudder mount or marked on the hull somewhere? Is this rudder mount with '677' a candidate for being the smallest number yet seen, whatever year of manufacture it may come from?
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    Sailfish/Sunfish Identification Help

    Can you post a picture of the rudder mount showing the '677' stamped on it? If I'm following what Signal Charlie just posted, I'm thinking that this might be a significant early landmark in Alcort industrial archaeology, proving that some kind of numbers were indeed stamped into some of the...
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    water in my Sailfish hull

    I couldn't find any precise numbers on-line, so here are mine. With the set-up shown above (3.5 inch 47 CFM muffin fan masked by its box and blowing continuously through a single midships 4-inch port, exiting through the 1/2-inch drain in the bow plus the two 1/4-inch holes in the stern), I...
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    Sailfish/Sunfish Identification Help

    You may mean the 'Sunfish timeline' document. I believe that includes all of the Alcort products, including the Sailfish, and that the serial numbers are unique, i.e. all the Alcort boats that have a serial number at all are in a single numerical order by serial number regardless of which type...
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    How not to capsize while learning?

    Yes, I know everyone says that, and I suggested at least one reason why: namely, because with the mast and daggerboard in their standard positions, moving the gooseneck that far forward will move the center of effort of the sail far enough aft to cause heavy weather helm, as I found out when I...
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    How not to capsize while learning?

    Sunfish purists often seem to recoil in horror at the idea, but in my view the best way to avoid capsizing is to mount outriggers on your boat. I taught myself to sail from books a year ago, with a mail-order sail-rig from Sailboats-to-go that I mounted on my kayak and canoe, This included...
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    water in my Sailfish hull

    Yeah, I figured that was what you meant when you talked about it as "non-sloshing" ballast weight. Can I not alternate between sailing and drying the same boat, if my hull leak from the unwanted rudder bolt is now fixed? With all the topside customization I have been doing on both my Minifish...
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    Sailfish logo file?

    Here are a couple of shots of the logo on the sail of my 1962 Super Sailfish that you might be able to crop and scan.
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    water in my Sailfish hull

    Thanks. I'm still mulling over your suggestion of water-weight as ballast. In the meantime I'm letting it dry out naturally a bit, just by rolling it out to sit in the summer breeze and sunshine with the midships port open, while I tinker with possible ways to implement Alan Glos's...
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    water in my Sailfish hull

    Interesting -- so the hull is actually translucent. Yes, you are correct: those pictures were taken outdoors, with bright sunlight coming from the port side, which explains why the "orange stripe" is brighter on that side.
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    water in my Sailfish hull

    I just ordered this one, and will use it to try your one-port drying method with the 4-inch port I just finished installing. Following your warning, I made sure to get one with an AC adapter and plug...
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