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  1. RogerMusser

    Bailer ELIMINATION question

    Thanks beldar, Signal, L&VW, and Klemsaba for your thoughtful replies. I still have mixed feelings about what to do with the boats with no bailer assemblies. Before I overhauled all of the bailers that we have on the boats *some* would leak. Also, others and I have complained that we had...
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    Bailer ELIMINATION question

    I cleaned-up and got several of our club’s Sunfish boats ready for winter storage. I noticed that our club has several boats that have no bailers, just a hole in the cockpit floor. The boats are therefore not seaworthy and need to be fixed. The cost of replacement, while not terribly...
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    Tillers and tiller extensions

    I never considered bamboo, it’s light, flexible, strong, and there is some growing in my neighborhood. But, how to attach it to the tiller? Insert a dowel? Directly to a Universal Joint? This sounds like a good winter project. Thanks!
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    Hiking strap maintenance

    OK, so full treatment will be: Gentle pre-wash scrubbing with dish detergent and soft brush. Machine washing with liquid laundry detergent with cool water and no bleach. Air drying. Thanks
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    Tillers and tiller extensions

    Correction: upon closer examination I see that the tiller extension made from a golf club was actually a golf GRIP mounted onto a cylindrical piece of tubing. Every golf club that I have looked at, while at our local Goodwill Industries, has been tapered.
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    Hiking strap maintenance

    Beldar: The straps were gray originally. Now after exposure to lake silt and stewing in a mixture of rainwater and leaves they are gray-brown. I’ll be sure to seal the mountings when I reinstall the staps. Country: I don’t have any Oxyclean nor any pillowcases or towels that I would want to...
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    Hiking strap maintenance

    Our sailing club has 5 Sunfish boats with hiking straps. I have taken them off with the intention of cleaning them up, they have been out in the weather for years. I’d like to hear some suggestions as to how to safely clean them. Washing machine? By hand?
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    New bailer ball for my Sunfish

    I test-sailed three of our club’s Sunfish boats today and none of the bailers leaked when the plug was inserted. Previously, some of our boat’s bailers would leak even with the plugs inserted. Two of the boats tested today had the little black rubber gaskets that are supposed to seal the...
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    Tillers and tiller extensions

    Our sailing club has more than a dozen Sunfish boats, some of them need a little work. I got some great tips from a recent thread about bailers, thanks to those posts I have the bailers working well. My next project will involve the tillers and the tiller extensions. 1. On just a few boats...
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    New bailer ball for my Sunfish

    I hope that your installation went well. I would like to see if anyone has any experience sailing a Sunfish without the black rubber gasket that helps seal the plastic ball. I've taken some of the bailers apart and I found that some of our sailing center Sunfish boats were missing the gaskets...
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