Bonito Sailboat Query

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Good looking boat! How does it handle?
I owned one many years ago. I'd compare it to a Laser - it's about 8 inches longer, maybe 20 pounds heavier, and has an 88 sq. ft. sail compared to 76 sq. ft. for the Laser. I think it was a shade faster than a Laser going upwind or on a reach, but a shade slower on a run . My only complaint was the sleeved sail - there was no way to drop the sail once it was up. Hope this helps.
 
#7
I still own a Bonito. I have the brochure that I got when I bought the boat. The boat is still in excellent condition (see pictures). The boat was manufactured by Lincoln Fiberglass, Inc out of Stow, MA under license from Pearson Brothers, (England) Ltd. Arundel, Sussex, England. Very fast, easy to handle and fun. Agree with previous post about the sail slips over the two piece mast.
 

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There is a short piece in the June 1970 issue of Field & Stream on the Bonito. There is also a mention in vol. 85 of The Rudder but I don't have ready access to that.

I have one of these boats. She's light and handy for two people, though not quite light enough for one person to handle her comfortably ashore. Rigging is straight forward though I'd have to set it up to describe/photograph it and mine is out of the water right now for some glass repairs. I also moved her recently and left the centerboard behind so I have to go back and get it or make a new one before I can sail her again.

Doug
 
#12
Does anyone know where I could get a sail for the Bonito? or if I would be able to use the sail from a Laser?
I have an old Bonito. The sail sleeves around the mast and boom and is connected at the bottom. The sleeved portion ties at the top, and at the end of the boom. As mentioned above, it is near impossible to lower the sail while out on the water. I take off the rigging by laying the boat on its side.

My suggestion would be to consider having a cleated setup - this would involve modifying the mast and boom, but then you would be open to different types of sails and easier rigging. I will do that when I have time next fall/winter.
 

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#14
I just picked up one of these boats, did some work to it and took it to the lake yesterday. Sails nice, cant say its fast yet because yesterday was a light wind day. Maybe 4 knots? Not being able to lower the sail was not an issue for me, but it was a light wind day. If any one needs pics of something I will take a couple of photos next time im out. Im not sure the rigging I used is 100 percent right but it worked fine for me.
 
#15
So I got out today with a good wind day, something like 10-12 knots is my guess. Boat is easy to handle and fast, im pretty sure my rigging is correct. Not sure if my centerboard is right or not though? Does anyone else have a humming noise (from vibration) coming from their centerboard? It only happens when im at a pretty good speed, I dont recall hearing it once I got the boat up on plane though? My centerboard doesnt fit the hole exactly right. Its about 1.5 or 2" shorter then the hole in the boat which causes it to tilt slightly once I have got some speed up. Anybody else have this issue? I may make a centerboard that fits a bit better.
 
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So I got out today with a good wind day, something like 10-12 knots is my guess. Boat is easy to handle and fast, im pretty sure my rigging is correct. Not sure if my centerboard is right or not though? Does anyone else have a humming noise (from vibration) coming from their centerboard? It only happens when im at a pretty good speed, I dont recall hearing it once I got the boat up on plane though? My centerboard doesnt fit the hole exactly right. Its about 1.5 or 2" shorter then the hole in the boat which causes it to tilt slightly once I have got some speed up. Anybody else have this issue? I may make a centerboard that fits a bit better.
I don't recall having this problem with the Bonito I once owned. Seems to me the simplest fix would be to attach a strip of wood to the top forward edge of the daggerboard that's thick enough to give you a fairly firm fit in the trunk (but not so firm you can't pull the board up in a hurry if need arises), and just long enough to reach the bottom of the boat when the board is all the way down. You could do the same thing on the sides of the board if there's any slop in the fit of the board to the trunk in that dimension. Before you do this, you should carefully measure the trunk openings in the bottom of the boat and in the cockpit floor. If they aren't identical, you would have to taper that strip of wood you add on to the board. Hope this helps.
 

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So I got out today with a good wind day, something like 10-12 knots is my guess. Boat is easy to handle and fast, im pretty sure my rigging is correct. Not sure if my centerboard is right or not though? Does anyone else have a humming noise (from vibration) coming from their centerboard? It only happens when im at a pretty good speed, I dont recall hearing it once I got the boat up on plane though? My centerboard doesnt fit the hole exactly right. Its about 1.5 or 2" shorter then the hole in the boat which causes it to tilt slightly once I have got some speed up. Anybody else have this issue? I may make a centerboard that fits a bit better.
Let it be; the boat is happy going fast and sings to you.
Actually, the hum can probably be alleviated by proper fairing of the board. But since this is an old boat and you are not racing her, I would let it be...
 
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