I had the opposite problem. The gooseneck kept jamming when raising the sail. I rotated the gooseneck on the spar to an angle beyond 90 degrees (upwards, as viewed with the sail raised), and tightened it there. Problem solved.I purchased a used boat, the gooseneck will not stay in the correct position - it slides down dropping the front of the spars onto the deck and rubbing the heck out of the deck - is the gooseneck too big or is there something I’m doing incorrectly?
Thanks, it's not sliding on the spar it slides down the mast and drops the spars onto the deck - I have wrapped tape on the mast to no avail - will try adding a bit more and then order a new gooseneck as it may be worn out like you mentioned . I appreciate your thoughts.The goosenecks bend over time. Tape on the boom helps. You can also file the space a little to open the gap so when you tighten it will. The gooseneck is important to be able to move it depending on the wind strength. Adding an adjustable gooseneck down the road is an easy modification.
Thanks for the thought - I will rotate it upward a bit and give that a try. It doesn't slide on the spar it slides down the mast.I had the opposite problem. The gooseneck kept jamming when raising the sail. I rotated the gooseneck on the spar to an angle beyond 90 degrees (upwards, as viewed with the sail raised), and tightened it there. Problem solved.
As for rubbing the deck, there's an end-cap available with a plastic lobe that keeps the scratches to a minimum.
If the gooseneck is fully tightened and sliding on the spar, you've run out of adjustment. (The aluminum spar has been crushed beyond the gooseneck's adjustment). Remove the spar from the sail and flip the spar over to the other end. That fix should last another 50 years.
The knot is secure. I thought the gooseneck should hold in place on the mast not slide down at an angle and allow the tip of the spar to scratch the deck?The gooseneck is supposed to move freely up and down on the mast. You likely need to check your knot connecting the halyard at the upper spar.
Thank you, ok it's at the spot the rigging manual says to place it - came that way to me, but I will give that a try - I've got to do something different!Sounds like your sail is not hoisted high enough. Move the halyard about a foot down the upper spar and try again.
Started with the guide - counted and measured where everything is currently located and it matches what the manual says....that's why I searched and found this forum - figured there had to be something elsehttp://www.sunfishclass.org/documents/tuning_guide.pdf
Review the rigging guide. Something must not be setup correctly - the spars shouldn’t scratch the deck.
Thanks, it may do the trickMaybe there's nothing wrong, and everybody's got that plastic spar piece with the extension. I don't, and have scratches on some of my five Sunfish.
Sunfish Direct sells one with an eye. It's not exactly what I've seen, but mounted reversed, it would do the trick.
Sunfish Boom Cap w/Eye
Another approach would be to locate a nylon cap that snaps onto the eye bolt nut. They're made to fit an "acorn" nut, but will fit others.
Maybe more readily available at Lowes, a nylon acorn nut will also work. Check for correct size threads, as the link below describes a larger nut. One came with my first Sunfish, which was described to me by the seller as a "Practice Sunfish". Now sold, it was really a clone called a Porpoise II, but close enough.
Assuming the spar is dragging on the deck while you are sailing , something is wrong. Adding the cap will reduce scratching, but it wind solve the issue that the spar is dragging on the deck.Thanks, it may do the trick
I hadn't thought of this. Maybe the halyard hitch is sliding up on the upper spar? Try a different hitch.Assuming the spar is dragging on the deck while you are sailing , something is wrong. Adding the cap will reduce scratching, but it wind solve the issue that the spar is dragging on the deck.
If it is dragging only when you are hoisting or lowering the sail, then the cap is a good idea.