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  1. Petrel

    How I cartop my Sunfish (with video)

    Thanks for the how to vid. Nice job. Better not leave that ladder at home ;)
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    Sunfish Refurbish Project gone wrong

    Fiorefish, I hope you've found a work around by now. Maybe your tale of woe and the comments from others have saved me a good cry. I have a punker-banger SF that I bought years ago with fiberglass patches all over the bottom and an old style rudder. I was going to use this for salt water...
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    1963 Wooden Sunfish

    Wow! Lovely! Thank you for showing her to us. Now I would like to borrow her... Well, then, maybe a video with audio (I love the sound of a wooden hull, waves). Can you send an attachment to the FRAGRANCE folder? Lucky you. Nice photos.
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    Padded sailing shorts -- info on how to make my own?!!

    Thanks, Wavedancer, Minifish2, and Pat75. Wavedancer, I went to look at that foam. I sure looks like great stuff and unlikely to mash down like the yoga matt foam I was thinking of using. I looked at all the padded sailing shorts at APS and elsewhere. I spotted some (kinda ugly ones) on...
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    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

    Oh, boy! Thanks Pat75 and Doug. Finally the weather is cooler, so I hope I can work on boats (then the house painting and the roof re-shingling -- the list only stop when the undertaker is paid). Doug, I will go back and review the video, because even though I have watched it four or five...
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    How to spoil your wife...tow her in a kayak!

    I loved that video. I have wondered how that would work. A few weeks ago, my husband had the SF and I was in a kayak -- offering to tow the FISH because there was no wind on the lee shore where the launch site was located.
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    New to me pre-71 SF w issues including warped foredeck. Feedback please

    Thanks so much, Pat75. I will save the 6" ones for my Daysailer and put the 5" Laser deckplates in the new bargain SF. I'll place them according to the Windline net directions unless someone has a better idea. I love this forum and after reading here or on the other SF forum about the...
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    New to me pre-71 SF w issues including warped foredeck. Feedback please

    Thanks Doug and Pat75. Pat75: great idea. No money for it now, but I sure like the item and will keep it on my got to get someday list. Doug, how can you STAND that horrid humidity?! I go bonkers just in interior New England. Lately we have had very humid weather and warm temps so it is...
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    funny/scary sunfish related incidents

    Funny story. But, I wonder, if those kids be “traumatized” so severely that they'll be like some of my women friends and HATE the idea of sailing. LOL. If the adults display confidence and control and a sense of humor, while at the same time giving some recognition of the young ones' shock...
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    Finally got the boat out

    Your fish looks great and I'm happy that you are enjoying it. You sail is very nice looking. I was out that same late afternoon and evening, sailing in moonlight before having to paddle back in at the lee shore where the boat ramp is located. If there is wind, I love sailing at dusk. Those...
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    How do you tie down on trailer--easiest?

    I haven't done this, YET. I need to find my other cleats. BTW, would "Walmart" or other nylon like? cleats work as well as marine shop? And, Geophiz, how did you get the hardware store line through the pool noodles? The hole in the noodles we bought is only about 1/2 inch in diameter. When...
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    New to me pre-71 SF w issues including warped foredeck. Feedback please

    Thanks so much BB and Doug. BB, glad that the warping isn't anything to worry about. Yep, the price was right and it looks in decent shape. And yes, Doug, that was your excellent video that I was referring to. I only hope to be able to somewhat approximate your excellent job. You make it...
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    New to me pre-71 SF w issues including warped foredeck. Feedback please

    Thanks, BB. I will post more photos now that I have them off my phone. I'm not sure that the warping shows up all that well, and perhaps it isn't very significant (which is good). I can feel and see that the foredeck is misshapen, but I hope it doesn't indicate that there is real trouble...
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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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    Hole & Cracks in Cockpit wall-floor? From bad bunk? How to fix?

    Ten months and a few heat waves later -- I "fixed" it. Not Bristol, but it doesn't leak. I took Minas Man's tip and decided to just open it up. I used a conical dremel bit to make some valleys along all the cracks and after I removed a flake of gel coat, I could see that the wound didn't go...
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    Hole & Cracks in Cockpit wall-floor? From bad bunk? How to fix?

    Good point. I'll have to go aftermarket or a salvage yard, then to Brazil for the retrofit. First I have to dig enough clams to save up. Mick Jagger has more butt muscle than I do.
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    Trailer Bunk Material and why the need to have stay dry?

    Thanks. I hadn't paid attention when we put the fish on that trailer. Hardly anything but wood. eek. Costly lesson.
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    Hole & Cracks in Cockpit wall-floor? From bad bunk? How to fix?

    Thanks, Minas Man and Geophizz. We've been tied up scraping and painting house and dodging heavy rain when the weather isn't for painting, so I haven't yet peeled back the tarp to work on it. I appreciate that you are both right. I have so see what I've got, then will probably have to add some...
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    Family daysailer vs 2nd Sunfish

    So what did you decide? Boats tend to be cheaper in the autumn. Geophizz -- sorry to take so long to get back here. Sorry to hear you had to sell your Ospray. I'd love to see pics of it. Over the years I've met a few folks with Osprays; and seen several for sale on Craigslist. And, speak of...
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