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  1. Petrel

    Padded sailing shorts -- info on how to make my own?!!

    Hi guys, Does anyone have a pattern for making their own padded sailing or "technical" shorts? Or can you tell me the type of foam padding used? Polyester foam? rubber? The thickness? Last week I went out on our local pond in a nice breeze with moderately stiff gusts. I was such a blast...
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    New to me pre-71 SF w issues including warped foredeck. Feedback please

    A few days ago, I got a pre-71 Sunfish that had been stored, unwanted on it's side next to a fence for a couple of years. Old style rudder intact (it appears, even with top bronze piece and pin). The mast was missing (I have a spare), and the hull has a crack along the keel, forward of the db...
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    Trailer Bunk Material and why the need to have stay dry?

    Hi all, I will be replacing the covering on my trailer bunks. I hope to eventually make a contoured bunk but may do just a reupholstery for now. I want to put some foam cushioning under the bunk carpet materials and have some sheets of ~ 3/8" foam that is made from the same stuff as pool...
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    Hole & Cracks in Cockpit wall-floor? From bad bunk? How to fix?

    I went to uncover and clean up my SF and saw that there was a ~ 3" puncture on the port side of the cockpit wall close to the floor. (I will attempt to post images.) It seems that the culprit was a bunk with almost no cushioning, so that the sharp edge of an on-edge wooden bunk made the hole...
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    At Anchor. Splash

    Last week was a very hot day in interior New England -- 94 degrees F. But, there was a decent breeze. I always wear a swim suit, even if under cut offs. I sailed around a little pennisula where I'd be away from the PWC and overpowered motorboat crowd. There are homes on this large pond...
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    Starwing 13

    I've been "asking around about" that smashed up Starwing since 2008 ;) Good detective work. The boat has had to take a bit of a backseat to other endeavors and tasks. Plus, it looks like it will be tricky to fix. I'm deciding whether to wait for 70 degree, dry weather and try to repair it...
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    Sunfish gadgets & accessories -- sheet ties and

    I went out again in the SF and the 7 year old neighbor also joined me. The wind was dying down bc we'd left the rudder and db in the garage. DH thought I'd put it in the wagon, I thought he'd put it in the wagon. :rolleyes: We now have a new 'rule' -- the spars don't get taken out until all...
  8. Petrel

    Spar bags --- Home made?

    I've read the discussions about how to travel with spars. My husband ties our to the roof rack, but I will be going solo sometimes and I don't want to have to get the step and hoist them up. I looked at those photos of the Plumbing tubes, but don't see them fitting under or alongside any...
  9. Petrel

    How do you tie down on trailer--easiest?

    What's your fastest, easiest way to tie your SF onto your trailer? We have one unusual, wide tie down gizmo that came with a beater SF (yet to be fixed up), but it's getting worn. Also when the mosquitoes are out and we come in late, I can't always figure out how to hook it. I'll try to...
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    Finally -- my Sunfish got in the water

    After many unrelated distractions, and a lot of reading of this great forum and help from the members, I got me ? '73 Sunfish in the water in July. July in inland New England has been one stinking heat wave. There have been a few wonderfully breezy days, and a lot that were better for spraying...
  11. Petrel

    Question: eyestrap for BLOCK okay? and Lateen Pointitude

    Hi folks, Yes, it was The Boathouse, that I went to in Falmouth, MAINE. Nice place and a very helpful fellow working there. Now I need the name of a place closer to North Central MASS. Also, any place that does Small sailboat (16 ft.) rigging and replairs/replacement/tweaking. I'm in...
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    Brummel Hooks -- Y/N?

    When I was at the boat shop, I forgot about these oddities (are they oddities) mentioned in the rigging. I have to make a trip back to return a few things, buy more things, so I was wondering: 1. Are these inexpensive little gizmos nice to have? worth it? I'm not sure what they do but my...
  13. Petrel

    Q's deck plates, hiking strap, mainsheet block, halyard cleat -- gearing up

    Hi all, Now that it's stopped raining 24/7 for months, and Labor Day is approaching, I'm getting my fish ready to sail. I've looked over a lot of past threads (unfortunately, some of the photos cannot be accessed for some reason), and I _think_ I've got some of the issues squared away, but...
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    Uncommon Sailboats - Mistral 16 , Starwing 13 , Beetle GULL , Kolibri Koralle Jr.

    I'm looking for others who have any of these small sailing dinghies to share information, photos, repair and rigging tips and ideas. Mistral 16 -- Double chined, sloop-rigged sailing dinghy with Centerboard. Canadian Company is no longer in business. Nice, solidly built boat. The hull is like...
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    Bailer -- Can I hybridize? JUST PLUG?

    Hello again, I have just acquired a 1973 Sunfish and it has an aluminum bailer (I guess). Aluminum housing on the hull, a hair cockeyed, but screwed in? There is NO ball. There is No cap and No plug. I might sound like someone who has a clue about the bailers and how they work. I don't...
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    Aluminum trim loose RIVET size? mastic? Renewing my connection.

    Hi forum members! I've been away for a while -- needed "back home" as it were. I still have the older hull, BUT, in the recent weeks have gotten a circa 1973 Sunfish that looks in much better shape but needs a few things done before I can plop it into a pond and sail. I do not plan on...
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    Inspection Ports on old SF -- (2) six inches okay? Y/N?

    On my last trip to a marine hardware store I picked up two (2) 6-inch inspection ports and a single 4-inch inspection port. I also bought 4200 caulk and (mistake, I guess) some Stainless Steel bolts, nuts, washers (expensive). I was in a rush and the store was closing. After I got back to...
  18. Petrel

    Old verus New Style Bailer or Can OLD be saved?

    Hi all, I've got a pre 1970 SF with the old style bronze or brazz or ? rudder rigging. There is a cast aluminum bailer and I can see the little translucent plastic ball. It's dinged up and where it fits to the hull (bottom) it looks like some gap (perhaps missing caulking). On the...
  19. Petrel

    Anyone know about these two Sunfish sorta boat?

    1. "Dolphin Senior" -- a 15 ft long, ample foot cockpit fg board boat. When were they made (from when to when) and does anyone know about anything to be particularly aware of in a used boat? Are parts available? I think the manufacturer went out of business. 2. Colombia(n) heavier than...
  20. Petrel

    How long before new epoxy goes sailing?

    I am making West System epoxy repairs to an ABS covered foam boat - mostly to bond the cracked ABS at the stern gunwale (and a bit down to the transom) back onto the polystyrene core. (The manufacturer says that 2-part epoxy is okay with the for this purpose and won't dissolve the polystyrene...
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