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  1. beldar boathead

    New Sunfish Owner

    That sounds and looks great! Sunfish are fantastic. You may find this helpful. https://www.sunfishclass.org/documents/learn_2_sail_in_3_days.pdf
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    New Sailfish

    Thanks for acknowledging that. Appreciated. :) Based on the heat deflection temps of polyester resin, I could believe a heavy powerboat or sailboat could have issues under certain conditions. But for the sailfish to start melting, means the blue deck would need to approach 200 degrees and...
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    Laser or Pico for a family?

    On a day with a nice breeze a Laser is not a good choice for double or triple handing ( the baby being the third.) as you know it gets very unstable offwind and can be a handful upwind. You should try borrowing a Sunfish. It goes fast ( but not Laser-fast) in a breeze, is quite stable, and...
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    New Sailfish

    Fiberglass does not deform in heat. Boats in the Carribbean would melt all the time.
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    New Sailfish

    Others can weigh in, but looking at the picture that does not look like something that would happen from the boat resting on its side. Fiberglass is pretty sturdy and it looks It looks like it was dropped or in a pretty good collision. If it leaks when you sail it, you will know it when you...
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    New Sailfish

    That boat looks great! You may want to do a leak test to be sure, esp as there is the big bend in the port trim - could be damage underneath. Have fun!
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    Finishing up my 1983 Sunfish

    It’s probably 2 hours of work plus the time it takes the epoxy to cure to do it right.
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    New Sailfish

    This should be helpful. https://www.sunfishclass.org/documents/learn_2_sail_in_3_days.pdf
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    brass bailer plug

    Easier and cheaper to replace it with the plastic bailer, which also happens to drain the boat faster.
  10. beldar boathead

    New Here, Daggerboard question

    Great pic!!!!!
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    Is there a sunfish dealer in South Florida?

    You can use the Laser Performance dealer locator https://www.laserperformance.us/laser-b2c/checkout.ssp?is=storelocator&login=T&fragment=authorised-service-centres&lang=en_US#authorised-service-centres I'd call ahead to see what the dealer nearest you is carrying. LP has not been treating...
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    First time on the lake with my restored Sunfish...

    Everything looks great! Where is the lake?
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    Racing Compass - Attachment Point/Legality

    I don’t see what needs clarification, but if you think clarification is needed You should email the US and Intl Sunfish presidents and state your concern.
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    Racing Compass - Attachment Point/Legality

    Here is rule 4.2. The class has long held that a compass is a navigational device and that Tackticks and similar are electronic and are compasses.
  15. beldar boathead

    Racing Compass - Attachment Point/Legality

    Rule 4.2. That is all it takes. And I don’t believe your thinking re: pre-2015 rules is correct but you are welcome to prove me wrong.
  16. beldar boathead

    Racing Compass - Attachment Point/Legality

    Digital compasses have never been legal in Sunfish. Never ever. Until World Sailing approves the change you mention, they are still not legal. Have a look at class rule 4.2. Per the email copied in from Rich Chapman, above, it is unknown when World Sailing will approve digital compasses.
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    Racing Compass - Attachment Point/Legality

    The compass is currently illegal so it really doesn’t matter where you will mount it - it will have to be removed to pass inspection. But deck mounting is the only legal thing way to mount them anyway. Perhaps you should submit a proposed rules change to mount it to the mast once the digital...
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    Wooden Sailfish in New Hampshire

    If you’ve got any spare firearms this is a good chance to get a boat!!
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    PSA Lasers: "Cheater" Boats?

    Speaking of an egregious non-truth, from today's Scuttlebutt.... "Earlier this month, after LaserPerformance was terminated as a supplier for the Laser Class, we contacted LaserPerformance CEO Bahman Kia for comment regarding the reason for supply problems in the Americas, to which he replied...
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    Welcome to the ILCA Dinghy class!

    Amazing how their arrogance has destroyed so much value in their company and possibly cost the Laser Olympic status. The Laser and Sunfish classes were just along for a very unpleasant ride, and Sunfish is still stuck with them.
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