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JLBennettCo

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As a first step, shouldn't the boat be on the trolley rather than the gravel :rolleyes:

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Not sure how to get the trolley into the water from up on the beach since it’s just me. If you’ve got any recommendations, I’m definitely all ears!
 

JLBennettCo

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I suggest rigging the boat on the dolly, not the gravel!
That pic is from when I just landed. I got out of the boat in the shallows and guided it onto the beach. Pulled the sail down before it was on the dolly becawas so windy.

I did all the rigging on the dolly and wheeled it on the dolly into the lake.

All that said, if you’ve got a better way to get the boat on and off the dolly in the water while solo sailing, let me know.
 

Wavedancer

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Not sure how to get the trolley into the water from up on the beach since it’s just me. If you’ve got any recommendations, I’m definitely all ears!
People who launch from a beach without help typically put a temporary mooring in the water to hold the boat while returning the dolly to a safe place on shore. To go sailing, you untie the boat from the mooring and hop in. Hopefully, your mooring will still be there later on, once you return from sailing.
 

JLBennettCo

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People who launch from a beach without help typically put a temporary mooring in the water to hold the boat while returning the dolly to a safe place on shore. To go sailing, you untie the boat from the mooring and hop in. Hopefully, your mooring will still be there later on, once you return from sailing.
I like that thought!! Would something like this and a small float work?
 

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beldar boathead

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People who launch from a beach without help typically put a temporary mooring in the water to hold the boat while returning the dolly to a safe place on shore. To go sailing, you untie the boat from the mooring and hop in. Hopefully, your mooring will still be there later on, once you return from sailing.
That is the optimal way. The way I typically see it done is you launch the boat, aim it into the wind and give it a push, and run the dolly on to the beach. Reverse the process for landing. In a Laser it when landing it usually works best to totally undo the sheet or else undo the outhaul before running for the dolly.
 

Helme1el

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Lot of nice boats in the group Here is my 73 sunfish, my brother late 60's sunfish my grandpas Windflite and Uncles late 60's sunfish. in order from front to back. not much information out there on the windflite besides its a cheap sunfish basically lol but that boat is faster than any sunfish it has raced. would not mind getting my hands on one as well.
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Dickhogg

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Not sure how to get the trolley into the water from up on the beach since it’s just me. If you’ve got any recommendations, I’m definitely all ears!
Where I sail we solo launch off a beach, often into breaking waves. This involves the boat being on the gravel and then running it into the sea and jumping on, a bit like a bobsleigh ...so we do pick up a few scratches. But it's kind of fun :^D. I can give more details if you like.
 

signal charlie

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Today's last 2 photos, moving boats up into the front yard in prep for Tropical Storm Sally. In NW Florida we are forecast to be on the outer edge of the cone, TS winds and a LOT of rain. forecast 12-16 inches. 2-4 feet of storm surge but it looks like that might happen as it has travelled well past us and should be short lived. We moved the Alcort Catfish SMEDLEY away from the RV and to a spot where she'll get less wind, although she says she'd like to go sailing.

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Pulled the runabout off the lift, mostly to protect the lift as a lot of waves could stress the piling it is attached to. Flushed the motor and then put the cover on.

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L&VW

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Lot of nice boats in the group Here is my 73 sunfish, my brother late 60's sunfish my grandpas Windflite and Uncles late 60's sunfish. in order from front to back. not much information out there on the windflite besides its a cheap sunfish basically lol but that boat is faster than any sunfish it has raced. would not mind getting my hands on one as well.
The furthest sail is from a Viking [clone-fish].

What does the Sailfish sail appear to give up in performance, since it's a smaller sail?
 

Seaotter5

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Most Sailfish sails are for the Super Sailfish (wood) or the Super Sailfish MKii (fiberglass). Those sails are identical to the Sunfish sail.
The original Sailfish sail was the same as the Minifish sail. At least one person on this forum used a Minifish sail on his Sunfish by accident, I think, but I can’t recall the details.
 

L&VW

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Thanks for the reminder. :)


Just had a thought. Having two Sunfish "at the ready" nearby, I could rig one for the standard Sailfish sail. Then I could go sailing on those windy days when I wouldn't normally consider it! :cool:

Pulled the runabout off the lift, mostly to protect the lift as a lot of waves could stress the piling it is attached to. Flushed the motor and then put the cover on.

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Nice old runabout! 1950s? Homebuilt? Wooden runabouts are still manufactured in Alabama.
 

Seaotter5

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I really shouldn’t answer texts in the middle of the night. My response could have been a bit more tactful. Old age insomnia makes me grumpy. Or at least sound that way!
 

Helme1el

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The furthest sail is from a Viking [clone-fish].

What does the Sailfish sail appear to give up in performance, since it's a smaller sail?
So both the sail fish sail and viking sail are on late 60's hauls so a little heaver than the early 70's one but those 2 boats are also slower than the Windflight with a 93 North sail sunfish sail which is faster than my 73 sunfish with OG sail. The north sail really seams to perform better on what ever boat it is on. I want one!
 

Seaotter5

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I don’t think you sound grumpy, Seaotter!
My poor wife has been trying to civilize me for 45 years. It is, of course, an impossible task, but every once in a while I try to be polite. The end result is kind of like watching a buffalo walk carefully thru a china shop, But I figure I should get points for trying
 
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