Saturday, May 18, 2013

Sunfish Sailing

We wanted to test out an older sail and a swivel cam cleat that we installed on Wave. The sail, spars and mast came from a craigslist purchase, sail was made by Pensacola sailmaker Schurr Sails, probably in the mid 80s. Launched from the natural beach, Seitech dolly makes it easy. I push the dolly in far enough to see the boat float, then slide the boat a little further back so dolly can be pulled back onto the beach.




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Today the wind was blowing down the shore, so I put the rudder down, jumped in, pushed off, put the daggerboard down about halfway and sheeted in. Mother Nature did the rest.

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The sail looks nice with the medium blue deck on Wave. We also are getting used to using our new tiller extension.

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Light winds equal great reflection shots.

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Got past our sandbar, put the board all the way down. This is the shadow daggerboard and it has more area than the original 1965 board. I could feel a difference adjusting the board in deeper water. The sail set great and has a lot of life left in it.

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Wind was light so there wasn't much hiking out :)

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Had a great time!

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1 comment:

  1. I'm learning to sail and have a "sunfish-sailways southampton". The boom seems to low (about 9") and stays level/horizontal as opposed to veering at an upward angle, not giving me the clearance from a boom smack. How can I safely heighten it and change it to an upward angle?
    Any help on the modification would be greatly appreciated. thanks, mark

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