Pintel Problems


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I have a late 70's early 80's Sunfish which has been a lot fun. The trouble I have been having is that I keep bending the pintel in the rudder when sailing the boat. I am going out in some heavy winds gusts up to 25 knts. I am on my second one and this pintel bent also. :mad: Has anyone else experinced this problem or have any suggestions.

Sounds like your sail isn't balanced for the conditions. Take a look at the FAQ's for a tuning guide. With the adjustment of the gooseneck ( except in extreme weather) you will put far less pressure in the pintle and sail faster.
if you have allot of weather helm try moving your gooseneck back untill you feel allot less resistance from the tiller.
hope that helps