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launching sunfish from beach into bay

barnmom

Member
I think this has been discussed many times but still struggling and thinking I'm doing something wrong. We have a dolly with two fat tires. It has a single red band to support sunfish under boat. We wheel it to the water. Hoist the sail. Hold off on daggerboard and rudder. We push dolly into water until we are knee high. then we tilt the dolly but inevitably the boat does not slide off. We have to push and pull and tug for a few minutes until finally sunfish floats. Yet when I watch videos it looks like a snap of the wrist releases the sunfish. Does anyone have any ideas what we are doing wrong? Thanks!
 

barnmom

Member
No, it doesn’t float when we wheel it into the water. We live on a bay beach and there’s a deep channel about ten feet from where we launch.
 

beldar boathead

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Well hopefully your boat is floating. My dolly floats but it is still no issue to get the boat off the dolly. You push the dolly back and pull the boat forward, or the dolly starts to sink and you are good to go. Btw it’s typically easier to launch the boat with the sail hoisted and rudder attached. Then all you have to do is put the daggerboard in.
 

barnmom

Member
Okay! That makes a lot of sense. Thanks for taking the time to help an old gal with a little issue. Happy sailing!
 

signal charlie

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Staff member
You have to push the dolly in in until the boat floats. We sometimes push down on the tongue of the dolly to let the boat float, as even with flat tires the dolly may partially float. And I assume you are making sure that the rolled lip on the bow is not caught on the bow rest of the dolly.
 

norcalsail

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I use my Trailex like a dolly and it always seems like the boat doesn't want to float when I think it should. Shows what I know, but it eventually works out. Love that giant photo of the bailer that Weston posted! :):)
 

L&VW

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norcalsail said:
Love that giant photo of the bailer that Weston posted! :):)
1) Check those pins for tightness. (They're a "pressure fit").

If one falls out, the check-ball is released. :oops:

None of the repair kits I've bought includes the pins. :confused: I'll have to check for the pin diameter, as a pop-rivet mandrel may fit.

2) I don't have experience with dollies, but if the strap hangs up, would it be helpful to wrap a short length of solder around the strap to drop the strap away from the bailer?
 

aborgman

Member
1) Check those pins for tightness. (They're a "pressure fit").

If one falls out, the check-ball is released. :oops:

None of the repair kits I've bought includes the pins. :confused: I'll have to check for the pin diameter, as a pop-rivet mandrel may fit.
If you know the diameter - roll pins (which is what those are) cost about $0.10 each.
 

L&VW

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It's been a few years since I refurbished a loose pin, but my recollection is that mine were neither split- nor roll-pins--but solid.
 
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