For bigger holes than normal (especially ones that are on a curved surface like you are dealing with) I found the “Shoreline method” to be really effective and easy to do.
(For future reference the next time you bang up your Sunfish - as me and the kiddos have!)
as usual, your inputs are valuable. If the spider cracks are cosmetic, and not structural, then I’ll leave it as is. I took the advice from many of you, a few years back, to get my sunfish up and running and get out on the water. It’s not too fast. It’s not too pretty. But...
Well guys.... I’m not sure what to do here. It looks like this swivel cam cleat that I have is going to be too long for me to use on my fish.
Bummer. Maybe I’ll sell it on Craig’s list.
I do like the rig that Norcalsailor has. An adjustable cleated block seems like a nice set up. It would...
You, Alan, Tag, and a many others here have been invaluable to me on my sailing adventures. I take your recommendations pretty seriously, as they have had a wonderful impact on my sailing life! The ratchet block has a switch on it to allow the block to move freely in both directions...
So, last winter, before the pandemic hit us, I found this piece of hardware at an estate sale. I picked this up for 4 bucks.
Im not sure of its correct nomenclatur, but as always, could use some expertise.
I’m not even sure it can be used on the sunfish.....but for that price it was worth...
Alan Gloss for the win (again!).
The clove hitch is super easy to use. I tie it at the beginning of the season, and never have to worry about until I easily take it off at the end of the season. Very effective. Very simple. (Occam‘s razor.)
I don’t check my personal messages often, so post any questions on the link above. The process of fixing your boat seems scary at first - but it’s not. It is easy and manageable overall. (At least it’s was for me - and I’m not mechanically inclined).
I went through the same process you are going through now. Here are the bigger points I’ve learned in the process:
1) in the end, it will, most likely, be cheaper to buy a sunfish off Craig’s, list than to restore it.
2) the only real limiting factor (besides money) is fear. You can...
This may help. On page 5 of this restoration, I performed the exact modification you are speaking of. On page one or two is a schematic of the inner guts of the sunfish. It may help you as well.
wishing you luck,
besides all the standard survival equipment, wet suit for prolonged exposure, and competent sailing techniques, my focus is always on the measures before your activity, that will potentially save your life. whether its my Flying, hiking, off-roadin, hunting or sailing - for me - it’s the...