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    DIY Cover for the Summer

    I've been using an old car cover from my Hyundai Accent this summer. Kinder on the finish than a tarp, and breathes. Fits surprisingly well.
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    New Owner of 1974 Sunfish... introduction and newbie questions.

    Hey gang I finally made it out this weekend. Went to Dewey beach Saturday and started the day with winds less than ten, ended up around 15 I figure. Good day for a beginner and I did ok (my sail sucks upwind). I added a block to the cockpit, replaced the halyard and sheet, and installed a mast...
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    New Owner of 1974 Sunfish... introduction and newbie questions.

    It doesn't really work at all. I end up using the cleat twice, and the vang is at a bad angle (cleat to gooseneck). It also means the halyard end of the line is beneath the vang on the cleat. I don't like it.
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    New Owner of 1974 Sunfish... introduction and newbie questions.

    There was a 20+ year old hitch on my spar I thought for sure wasn't going to budge. Opened right up like it was tied yesterday (it was tied really cleanly).
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    New Owner of 1974 Sunfish... introduction and newbie questions.

    I was under the impression the "vang" end of the halyard (going over the gooseneck) was the mast keeper, but I see your point that the simple rig (mast head > deck block > deck cleat) would also keep the rig together in a capsize. It's also clear that's how my fish was meant to be sailed (I...
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    New Owner of 1974 Sunfish... introduction and newbie questions.

    Thanks for all the replies. I spent the day taking care of some rigging and shopping around a little bit. I have a WM close by and they have a price match policy that I'm using for a few items. I purchased a fid set today at competitors prices, no hassle. I'm trying for a halyard tomorrow, we'll...
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    New Owner of 1974 Sunfish... introduction and newbie questions.

    Thanks for the reply mixmkr. I'll use 3/8" for a new sheet (free), and shop for a halyard. And yeah, most the damage to the sail seems to be a result of being wrapped tightly around the rigging. RE: lessons.. I "learned" to sail on a 50' Hunter and owned a 1965 26' Pearson Ariel for one season...
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    New Owner of 1974 Sunfish... introduction and newbie questions.

    First - thanks for all the info on this site. It's amazing how many projects I've enjoyed as a result of online forums the last fifteen years. This forum especially is top notch and I'm excited to share my journey with you all. I bought the fish last weekend. It's in good shape (I think) and...
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