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    Sunfish ‘Snow’boat?

    Thanks wiki!
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    Sunfish ‘Snow’boat?

    If your a DN racer, I’ve heard that they typically race at 20-40 mph. It’s more about how much faster than the wind you go, which could be up to 5 times.
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    Sunfish ‘Snow’boat?

    I’m guessing the runners I saw came from a stern-steering design — where the cantilevered runner would act as a ballast. Any ideas on a cheap runner? I’ve seen angle iron (even bedframe :eek:), steel sheet (which I suppose is the best method, at a thick enough gauge and given a “V” edge), I’ve...
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    Sunfish ‘Snow’boat?

    Why are iceboat runners VERY heavy? (At least the old ones). I’ve seen them made of cast iron, 1/2 inch thick :confused:. Is this the equivalent of a weighted keel?
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    Sunfish ‘Snow’boat?

    Ah yes :D ‘Cheapskate’. Very curious if that same rig sails well in snow (which I heard is the equivalent of sailing a yacht with the keel turned 90 degrees :confused:).
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    Sunfish ‘Snow’boat?

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    Sunfish ‘Snow’boat?

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    Sunfish ‘Snow’boat?

    I’ll post some updated pictures of the CAD soon. Until then, does anybody have dimensions, or at least the location relative to the lower boom of the ‘swivel boom blocks’? I can’t seem to find that information.
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    Sunfish ‘Snow’boat?

    Yes, the international DN was my inspiration. The history is pretty neat, must have been a shock for Terrier :eek::D
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    Sunfish ‘Snow’boat?

    Oh, a few other things: In working out the geometry, I found that tilting the mast back slightly allows a more evenly distributed stay orientation. The tilted mast also causes the boom to swing up when running downwind, allowing more room between the side stay. Also, the side stats will not be...
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    Sunfish ‘Snow’boat?

    The bay I sail on freezes in the winter. The surface however never completely clears of snow. The lake that feeds the bay also changes levels - developing layers of ice. Simply, we don’t get good ice. I wanted to create ‘snowboat’ (not sure if thats a word :confused:) that uses runners that ride...
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    470 Questions

    Discovered the “like button” today (hehe :D). Thanks for all the help!
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    470 Questions

    Thanks! She’s all packed up for the season, won’t see water until next season :(. Now “bolt tension” is new... Is the “bolt” the boards pivot? This can’t be easily tightened on my boat as it is captured in glass on both sides. I’m a bit concerned about the boards mechanism (I won’t be able to...
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    470 Questions

    Roll tack with no crew? What does that look like? I found myself sailing alone the majority of the time. Which is fun, especially on a reach where the boat planes easier. The problem is, I weigh significantly under the optimal, and can’t roll the boat significantly on tacks (jibes seem to roll...
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    470 Questions

    Broke my tiller extension yesterday. Released the main in a gust and didn’t get it in quick enough, ended up dumping my crew (who was on the trap) :confused:. Boat veered windward capsized then turtled :eek:. Fortunately the boat very easily rights (this has happened many times before). The...
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    470 Questions

    Battens - would 420 batten kit suffice? I would like to just purchase a bunch of stock (then I could batten the Holder 14’s sail as well (which may not do much good since that sail is the consistency of a black garbage bag :confused:)). How flexible should a batten be? Do all battens in the sail...
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    470 Questions

    Yes, battens are on the list ;). I bought crimps for the wire, but I do not have a crimping tool. Would smushing the crimps in a vice be adequate?
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    470 Questions

    Still alive :D. Been sailing the 470 an awful lot, even passed a Hobie 16 on a reach (though they flew by us on every other point of sail :confused:). We have only flown the Spinnaker a few times due to complexity and pure chaos it creates for us newbies to get it up/down and filled properly...
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    470 Questions

    I rely heavily on telltales to trim the sails. The sails I have don’t have telltales (they never did). I believe these can be purchased in the form of stickers. Where is the ideal mounting location? Are all telltales the same? (I don’t want to buy ones that are too heavy).
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    Laser 2 wood stringers missing...

    Whereabouts are you? https://kingston.craigslist.ca/boa/d/laser-2/6620189459.html The L2 linked above is missing a few components, but its cheap. If you have the rest of the other L2, you have enough 'boat' to have one complete/solid L2.
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