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  1. Coastal Redneck

    Maybe this will be my Sunfish

    I never did get a close-up look at the Laser 2, but I get your drift... and it is a cool boat, judging by appearance in the article I read so long ago, but I already had my Laser so there was never any reason for me to seriously consider buying another boat. Call me an old rogue dinosaur, I'm...
  2. Coastal Redneck

    Transporting a Sunfish home

    If the sun beats on the hull anytime during the day, cover the hull with a tarp... better for the tarp to take the solar abuse rather than the hull. Looks like you have some pool noodles jammed under the rail? You can make a simple wooden storage cradle using a few scraps of lumber and some thin...
  3. Coastal Redneck

    Maybe this will be my Sunfish

    Seems like overkill... I can still remember when the Laser 2 appeared on the scene (some folks called it a "Taser" at the time), and I thought THAT was overkill, though I must confess I wanted to try one, LOL. However, the beauty of the original Laser & Sunfish lies in their simplicity...
  4. Coastal Redneck

    Maybe this will be my Sunfish

    Wait, isn't that horse supposed to be dead? :confused:
  5. Coastal Redneck

    tinting the gel coat

    Color matching pigment can be tricky in minor repairs where the surrounding gel coat has already seen some solar abuse... it's not such a factor when dealing with or recoating entire surfaces. My best friend Tommy was a master glassworker at his family's surf shop, and he'd always comment upon...
  6. Coastal Redneck

    Maybe this will be my Sunfish

    Not quite, just adding support where it can be used... those bunks look mighty small, aye? With at least one centrally-positioned roller and two pool noodle lines rigged for support, I think Mr. D would be good to go... unless he's gonna run the Baja 1000 while towing the trailer. :eek:
  7. Coastal Redneck

    Craigslist score and mast tube repair

    You cannibalized another mast step after all... oh, well, that'll save you the trouble of building one from scratch. A few observations: you'll wanna clean up those areas where the step meets the hull and deck, and that compound curve up top where the other damage occurred. You want clean...
  8. Coastal Redneck

    Maybe this will be my Sunfish

    Save the pool noodles & noodle lines for last, AFTER you install the mounts for the roller(s), you want all the solid support in place first before you snug up the pool noodle lines. I think that strut farthest forward on the trailer is the solution, an eye bolted or tacked high enough on that...
  9. Coastal Redneck

    Maybe this will be my Sunfish

    Wait, I just looked at those bunk photos more closely, here's another idea which will be easier: see that bolt which holds each bunk in place, right up under each bunk and directly over the struts you welded into place? Use those bolts as tie-off points for your pool noodle lines, and if the...
  10. Coastal Redneck

    Maybe this will be my Sunfish

    That would certainly offer more support... maybe try the pool noodles as well and you'd have the problem solved. You'd have to position the roller(s) just right, I'd mark the mounting location(s) with the boat resting all the way forward in the bow support, centered properly and resting on the...
  11. Coastal Redneck

    Craigslist score and mast tube repair

    Haha, that Heath Ledger clip is perfect!!! LOL... just throwin' ideas your way, as I have a little time on my hands today. CHEERS!!! :cool:
  12. Coastal Redneck

    Maybe this will be my Sunfish

    Looking at your photos again, perhaps you could rig pool noodles on lines between the bunks you added and the bow support, that may be another way to add support. You can't rig the noodles athwartships (or under the hull from side to side) without adding brackets of some sort, but you might be...
  13. Coastal Redneck

    Maybe this will be my Sunfish

    Progress! But I'd probably add more support between the bow and the recently-added bunks... two more bunks on some sort of welded or bolted crossbar or cross-brace, or at the very least some sort of support under the centerline of the hull. Is that the spare tire you have jammed under the hull...
  14. Coastal Redneck

    Craigslist score and mast tube repair

    Yikes!!! That's pretty ugly, but it CAN be fixed... might be easier to simply replace the entire step tube. Or grind away the trash and start rebuilding the glass. You may be able to pry or otherwise work that lower section back roughly into place, use files or specialized grinding tools for the...
  15. Coastal Redneck

    What’s the worst that can happen?

    A fleet with a shared rig? Er... yes. The extra hulls can always be towed to weather and used as fireships against the competition, LOL. :eek:
  16. Coastal Redneck

    Transporting a Sunfish home

    Just catching up to this thread and reading the latest replies... in Coronado, I stored my Laser and my Minifish up against the northern wall of my house, but that was to help keep the sun from beating down on the boat, tarp or no tarp. I also built simple wooden cradles with thin ply and a few...
  17. Coastal Redneck

    My improved dagger board and rudder

    Speed is of the essence, even for recreational boaters... whenever two boats are traveling in the same direction, the race is on, LOL. :rolleyes: Haha, L&VW, you funneh... :cool:
  18. Coastal Redneck

    Craigslist score and mast tube repair

    That's a relatively easy fix, an inspection port will allow you to make the fix bombproof by repairing the step tube on the inside, then strengthening its outer surface (through the inspection port) with additional layers of glass and possibly some clamps (the kind with protective rubber...
  19. Coastal Redneck

    So what's the issue with sailing in the winter?

    Haha, I hear ya about the spray... good to see you're aware of those factors of wind, tide, etc. Back in Dago it was possible to "work the tides" on a long day of sailing, covering considerable distance and having a blast while doing it. One can still sail over an opposing tide if there's enough...
  20. Coastal Redneck

    So what's the issue with sailing in the winter?

    The NOAA weather website is a good way to check the forecast... sailing in light airs is a valuable skill, but it DOES get old on a repetitive basis, LOL. ;) When maneuvering, you WANT a decent breeze, the boat tacks & gybes more smoothly and smartly in 10+ knots of breeze... once you get above...
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