'67 Sunfish

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that's definitely not standard - looks like the previous owner removed the standard hook and replaced it with a horn cleat. it will work - but I certainly would never want to cleat the mainsheet on something that tricky to remove if a gust of wind were to come up while you are sailing.

this is my basic setup (on a Minifish...) it's even easier to install on a Sunfish like yours with the cockpit lip/overhang.

this 2nd photo is my older Sunfish similar to yours - but before I had installed the stand-up spring (I would recommend installing the spring - it keeps the ratchet block from flopping around and scratching up the deck.

Apparently the little (as yet unnamed) 50 year old Sunfish has a double-sided sheet hook (and not a cleat), maybe it's not as genuine as I'd hoped.
I'll check into some of the used sails mentioned in the posts, I'm not looking to win any races, just puttering around the lake with the grandkids aboard is all. Doubtful I'll be showing off my sailing skills, since I have none, but at least they'll have a chance to learn some of their own. Hopefully without crashing grandpa's little sailboat.
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signal charlie

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She looks pretty stock too me, one of the most stock I've seen, especially given she is almost 52. Who knows, maybe Alcort tried something different that year with the cleat, just like they started adding stripes. Your year was the first to have stripes, after 7 years of no stripes. Another good thing about those years is the hulls are almost bomb proof, nice woven roving construction, a few pounds more than the current boats but perfect for a Grandkid trainer and easy to repair.

There are some pros to that cleat, it is easy to throw a lazy hitch around that when on a long tack, then switch to the other side when on the other tack. What waters will she sail?

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Other than the sail and that cleat (and both are easily replaced) it looks like you’ve got a great boat. That meat hook has got to go, though! It looks way too big for an already small cockpit. I’d replace it with the original hook- as Signal Charlie said, it has worked for all these years. They come up on eBay once in a while, or maybe someone here has one for sale (or post here under ‘Wanted’.
I hope the grandkids bang it up a little- that means they’re learning and having fun. If it doesn’t get a scratch it’s probably sitting in the yard. You can always come back to the forum with your fiberglass repair questions :)
Good for you for introducing the next generation to the fun of sailing!



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I actually really like the old hook...and my knees are just fine..thank you!
I have a ratchet and cam cleats in addition, but the "hook" can rest some fatigued grips on occasion.


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We have the hook on the old Sunfish and I like it quite a bit. You can pull the mainsheet under it and slid your hand up to grab a higher part of the line. I'm still getting used to my block.


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I just checked each page of kjwalker2's 58-mile adventure, where the stock Sunfish hook would be severely tested. :oops: Wondering how his grip held up, if a ratchet block was installed, and what size mainsheet was in use?

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'67 Sunfish project:
-replace the old duct taped sail with a fresh new one from Intensity, check
-replace the cockpit cleat with a Harken swivel cam cleat, check
-buy a new spar bag to protect the new sail, check
-put the old boat in the water and test for leaks, check
-rig the sail and go for the maiden voyage in a light breeze, check
-take the boat out later when the wind has picked up considerably, check
-learn how upright a capsized Sunfish, check, check, and check
-tow the sailboat back to the ramp and call it a day, check.
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Sounds like a full day.
Sea Trials complete!
Did a name surface? With all those capsizes whe might be NEMO, Master of the Deep.[/QUOT
Something bent or floated off.

We should have said something about capsize recovery. :(
No damage to the boat, just a severely bruised pride. Uprighting wasn't that difficult, getting back aboard took more athleticism than I've had for a very long time. After the third splash, I was done. My problems started when I dropped the tiller just as I was rounding the point coming out of a cove and the gust hit me broadside with the sail pulled in tight. Had I just let go of the sheet and let the sail out I might have saved it, but no, the fancy cam cleat held the line tight and over we went.
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I didn't get very far with the restoration project last winter, still have the old mailbox numbers on the side, dull gel coat, and faded stripes. Here she rests comfortably under the mothership before the big launch later in the day. Maybe if I can figure out how to sail it without ending up looking like a turtle I'll spend a little more time with it in the shop this winter. FYI, those pool noodle floats strapped to the ends of the spars don't really work very well, they only delay the inevitable.