I feel your pain Mixmkr, I am 185 lbs and 76 yrs. been sailing sunfish many yrs, never needed or used hiking strap. I also get "bathed" occasionally and most often on the windward side. Hope you get a chance to sail a large lake sometime. I sail the finger lakes in NY on occasion with steady...
I have dried out 2 hulls with following technique, Cut inspection holes at bow and stern, cover deck with black plastic, set in sun for several days with one end of hull several feet higher than the other to encourage air flow up and out as it heats. Deck under plastic gets too hot to touch. One...
I experimented with this exact setup for a year with poor results. Even with strong spring had difficulty cleating or uncleating depending on adjusted position of cleat. Tried blocks of wood under cleat on deck to hold assy from tipping backward when attempting to cleat. More serious problem was...
I have had many sunfish over the years and all of them I feel had the forward boom block too far rearward by at least 12 inches.
Causes the sheet difficult to pull when sheeted in close. Will be moving the current one soon. Don't race so no rules infraction.
My "tiller tamer" is velcro on end of adjustable hiking stick and matching velcro on either or both gunwales. Another wrap on aft end of tiller holds hiking stick when not in use. No need for metal or plastic fitting on tiller to snag or poke.
I experienced this condition when purchased my Mod I several years ago. Appears the cb opening had warped slightly. I sanded the board down to a snug fit. Over winter I drive wooden shims (tapered) between the board and opening to prevent (hopefully) more warpage. Works fine all season now.
I feel your pain! Not much sailing in Indiana in January either. I have been window shopping for cold weather gear and would appreciate your input on your dry suit. What brand and type and how satisfied with it.
I had same problem. Sanded both sides of board until fit was just snug. When storing for winter I drive wooden shims down each side of board to hold each side of slot open further for several months. Seems to help some.
My Mod 1 has 19 inch, my buddies Mod 2 has 14 inch. We can detect no difference in handling or performance, including tacking angles. I do prefer the looks of the shorter spreaders. Plan to shorten mine for that reason.