Bonito Sailboat Query

#21
I'm trying to rig a Bonito, and couldn't tell from the pics if I had it right. Also, do you need to tie the boom to the mast ? Or is that loop towArds the front of the boom for a vang? Again, the picture posted was not clear. Thanks for the help. The boat was donated to the Girl Scout camp where I am helping with sailing, and it would be very useful as it holds more people than the sunfish.
 
#23
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.
I've been looking for a little information on the Bonito. My centerboard is missing. Do I need marine plywood for a replacement? Also I am looking for a length dimension, top to bottom. This sailboat has been in family for over 40 years and not used for the last 25 years.
It's about time!
Thanks for any information.
 
#24
I've been looking for a little information on the Bonito. My centerboard is missing. Do I need marine plywood for a replacement? Also I am looking for a length dimension, top to bottom. This sailboat has been in family for over 40 years and not used for the last 25 years.
It's about time!
Thanks for any information.
Can't help on dimensions to match OEM.

You can treat outdoor rated plywood for it to last as long as marine rated
Plywood treatment formula (appx post 5)
but either will not last as well as a good mahogany solid wood daggerboard.

All glues used if making a "solid" wood daggerboard need to be good for extended immersion in water. Epoxy is generally recommended. Finding a single slab of Mahogany that won't need glue would be difficult without getting enough to make 3 or 4.

Or you can measure the slot and compare with a Sunfish... there are nice daggerboards easily available for those. The slot measurements would need to be REALLY close to the same.
 
#25
Can't help on dimensions to match OEM.

You can treat outdoor rated plywood for it to last as long as marine rated
Plywood treatment formula (appx post 5)
but either will not last as well as a good mahogany solid wood daggerboard.

All glues used if making a "solid" wood daggerboard need to be good for extended immersion in water. Epoxy is generally recommended. Finding a single slab of Mahogany that won't need glue would be difficult without getting enough to make 3 or 4.

Or you can measure the slot and compare with a Sunfish... there are nice daggerboards easily available for those. The slot measurements would need to be REALLY close to the same.
Thank-You very much for the information. It's a good start, the sailboat will not get much use as it is a summer toy only. I will go with plywood, sealed as recommended and give it a whirl!
 
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