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    Ratchet block with cam

    I have a Nautos ratchet block with cleat that I like. Also, I mentioned in a post a while back about using a yoga block to protect the coaming from the spars when transporting. So here are photos of them both.
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    Unfortunate Learning Video

    Like Signal Charlie says, Lee Montes. Also Matt's videos about Sunfish adventuring on Adventures in Reach on YouTube. https://www.youtube.com/c/AdventuresInReach
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    Unfortunate Learning Video

    OUCH! My sympathies to Skipper. I did that 30 years ago on a jump on a BMX track. Knocked me out of commission for a while. But since then, no problems at all. I think I'm a little shorter though, LOL.
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    New sail!

    picknally@gmail.com
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    Illinois/WI/MI/IN?

    Hey Mama! I'm in Rockford, not far. Usually sail Sparky at Pierce Lake at Rock Cut State Park. Had a memorable trip on her camping in the Apostle Islands on Lake Superior last year with Matt of "Adventures In Reach". I'd be happy to bring her in to Chicago for a flotilla, maybe to Wilmette...
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    New sail!

    Chris uses a dye, and he paints both sides. It's not a paint on the Dacron, it's a dye in the Dacron. I don't know what his technique is, but he does great work. The details on the bubble coming off the shark's fin is beautiful! I am hanging it up instead of leaving it rolled up when not in use...
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    New sail!

    Thanks to Chris Picknally, Flying Fish Arts, for this great job on an Intensity race sail!
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    When is it time to call it quits?

    Personally, I find trailers great. Make life much easier. I prefer to trailer my kayaks to putting them on the roof rack. I rewire every trailer with ground wires and LED lights, and add bearing buddies. Once I do that, no problems.
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    When is it time to call it quits?

    I sold my first sailboat in 1997, a 1988 Hobie 17 that I bought new. My wife tried to talk me out of selling it, it cost me nothing to own, and I only had to use it a little. I sold it anyway, way too cheaply. Sorry immediately. Went through a bunch of different unsatisfactory boats for some...
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    World’s worst daggerboard for sale??

    Shoal draft Sunfish!
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    Paddling/Motoring from canal out to lake

    A kayak paddle works really well. Just sit back of the footwell and paddle.
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    Portstar

    I'm liking the baby Melges, the Melges 14. Pricey but cool. Melges 14 - Melges Although if I were buying a new daysailer, I'd probably go for the Melges 15. Much faster.
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    Winter Projects?

    I went back to the job (on contract) that I retired from, 6 years ago. Too cold to sail, not enough snow to ski. Earning some extra cash to pay professional carpenters and roofers to finish up the housenextdoor that I've got 90% finished, but am really tired of working on (2 years in). Plus, it...
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    Interesting Nautical Terms on Craigslist, Facebook Marketplace etc.

    There was a T-shirt for sail at Kohls that I nearly purchased because of the irony of it. It had a graphic of a sailboat with nearly everything mislabeled. The jib was labeled spinnaker, and I don't remember the rest, but it was hilarious.
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    Transporting the Sunfish of my childhood

    The problem with renting a Uhaul trailer is that the springs are so stiff, it'll give the boat a very rough ride. To get it home, I'd pad your roof rails and strap it down really well. For future transportation, get a trailer designed for the light weight of the boat.
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    Best Dry Bag for Sunfish Cubby/ how to secure items?

    I have a 30 liter sealline bag with the purge valve that is a perfect fit in the cubby. It's not going to come out unless you pull it.
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    Sunfish Tools...

    Bwahaha! I’m not sure where I’d attach a ground to a Sunfish hull, but I’ll take your word for it! Yeah, def not a “Sunfish tool” but I’m so darned excited about it. My wife and I took welding classes together a couple of years ago, she’s much better than I am. Hey, we can fix trailers and...
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    Sunfish Tools...

    Not sure it's a Sunfish tool, but my soon to be favorite tool (as soon as it arrives, I Kickstarted it) is this. I bought a 50# box of Lincoln 6011 sticks so I'm ready to melt some metal, and my wife is excited for the MIG welder and plasma cutter. She's wanted a plasma cutter for years. I love...
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    Can you teach a beginner to sail in 20+ knot winds?

    I went on a 4 day trip with Matt. He really is very safety conscious and incredibly competent.
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    Question on a mainsheet block

    Oh, I thought that a mainsheet cleat isn’t legal. I’m likely wrong, since I don’t race and not interested in racing. I’m probably going to modify the rudder to be more vertical, or buy the one that Lee demonstrated.
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