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  1. Alan S. Glos

    Sunfish wanted - FL, GA, SC, NC, AL

    How about this one? Sunfish racing sailboat - boats - by owner - marine sale - craigslist Good boat at a decent price. Alan Glos Cazenovia, NY
  2. Alan S. Glos

    Mast step broken: is it repairable?

    Mast step failures are more common in the Laser class and somebody used to market a repair kit composed of a new tube and rather large section of deck that could be glassed into the damaged area. I have seen a few of these repair jobs and they looked like overkill, but at least they got the boat...
  3. Alan S. Glos

    Sunfish racing tactics?

    Sailing downwind is harder than sailing upwind as the sail does not luff with every little windshift. So the key is to have good wind indicators and respond to every shift. I like mylar cassette tape on wire outriggers mounted about 4' off the deck off the gaff (upper boom.) Alan Glos...
  4. Alan S. Glos

    Padeye and Camcleat versus 'the Hook' versus Ratchet Block?

    I would be very reluctant to use a small deck eye and clam cleat to secure the mainsheet. There would be a lot of friction in this rig making it very difficult to ease the mainsheet quickly in a strong gust, and a capsize would be likely. A small block with or without a cleat would be...
  5. Alan S. Glos

    Question Mast step damage

    A tennis ball is a good mast hole plug, Alan Glos Cazenovia, NY
  6. Alan S. Glos

    Question Any ideas on how to remove this corroded bailer?

    Time to weigh in: I salvage several waterlogged, damaged-beyond-repair Sunfish hulls per year for parts so I try to salvage these cast aluminum DePersia bailers whenever possible. To this end, I went to my friendly Harbor Freight store and bought a stout socket "breaker bar", long extension...
  7. Alan S. Glos

    Stainless vs. Aluminum Pop Rivets Question

    I am rigging a stock Sunfish for racing and need to attach Clam Cleats (for the outhaul and cunningham) to the boom and a halyard cleat on the mast. Would stainless pop rivets be better than aluminum? If so, (a) where can I get some and (b) will a standard pop rivet gun be powerful enough to...
  8. Alan S. Glos

    What's a good name for a Sunfish ?

    Shifs Happen
  9. Alan S. Glos

    Question Sailing New London CT: will it kill me?

    My son went to Connecticut College in New London (right across the street from the Coast Guard Academy) and they had a nice sailing club facility right on the Thames River. There was tide and current and but very littlle if any commercial traffic to contend with. Downstream there is commercial...
  10. Alan S. Glos

    What trailer do people prefer these days?

    I have had several Trailex trailers over the years., The newer box frame model with the single steel leaf spring is a big improvement over the earlier designs with the single crossbar and the rubber "springs." I have replaced the original lights with LED lights and when I trail the trailer...
  11. Alan S. Glos

    Sunfish Sail Storage (off the spars/booms)

    Signal Charlie, I have been salvaging sailboat parts for the better part of 60 years and the only left handed gronicle I ever found came off a 1950s vintage wood, damaged-beyond-repair Johnson A Scow in Zenda, Wisconsin in the summer of 1965. I have several right handed gronicles. They are not...
  12. Alan S. Glos

    Sunfish Storage Launch Ramp

    3Fish&TheSun, As long as the boat is well tied down to the ramp, there is no risk that the wind on a bare mast will stress the mast step. I have a nice soft, fat tie-down line that goes over the cockpit and another tie-down line at the bow. Yes, if you leave a mast up on the beach and wind...
  13. Alan S. Glos

    Sunfish Storage Launch Ramp

    Now the next move is to buy a mast-up cover so you can leave the rig on the boat and be on the water in 5 minutes, see photos of both ramp designs. The first photo shows the simple beach ramp. The long frame is 2"X4"X8' pressure treated studs. The bunk is 2"X8"X4' PT, but these dimensions are...
  14. Alan S. Glos

    WTB: Pre-1972 Sunfish Rudder/tiller/tiller extension

    mitka, This is not my CL ad. but people ship on CraigsList all the time. Ask for a shipping quote before you agree to buy. I do not use an escrow account or electronic payment methods. Alan Glos
  15. Alan S. Glos

    WTB: Pre-1972 Sunfish Rudder/tiller/tiller extension

    How about this one? Sunfish rudder - boats - by owner - marine sale
  16. Alan S. Glos

    The No Stupid Questions Thread

    RE: the pool noodle idea. Our sailing club has fleets of 420s and FJs and over the years accumulated a number of broken spars, mostly booms. They were headed to the dumpster so I hauled them home and salvaged the blocks and other fittings and when I removed the end hardware, I noticed that...
  17. Alan S. Glos

    The No Stupid Questions Thread

    It will float if not full of water. If full of water, it will sink like a greased anvil. Alan Glos
  18. Alan S. Glos

    Old Style Rudder - Very Good Condition

    Doug, If you are referring to the bronze plate that screws on to the keel (middle fitting in the attached photo) I have this part, $20 + shipping. Contact me at: [email protected] if you want it. Need anything else? Alan Glos Cazenovia, NY
  19. Alan S. Glos

    Old sail

    Ratsey & Lapthorn, which I believe (?) was originally an English sailmaker, produced factory issued Sunfish sails back in the day. Although they were well built, not many have survived. I see one every now and then when picking damaged-beyond-repair hulls for parts. Alan Glos Cazenovia, NY