Sunday, June 22, 2014

Daysailer Cyane Day Cruise

Took the Daysailer out for a few hours, explored Chimney Cove and practiced ghosting.

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Cyane insisted on going wing and wing for a bit.

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Drascombe Lugger Roamer Jibing

Sunfish Old Style Rudder 1953-1971

Here is a good diagram of the parts for the Sunfish rudder system used from 1953-1971 in the wooden Sunfish, fiberglass Sunfish, Sailfish, SUper Sailfish and SUper Sailfish MKII. The wooden Sunfish and Sailfish series have shorter transoms, so the vertical plate is about 4 inches. The fiberglass Sunfish has a taller vertical plate due to its larger transom.

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Sunfish Basic Rigging

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Shop Dolly

Nice shop dolly at Laser Performance. Looks like a good height and has big wheels. I may redesign mine to to be lower and wider like this one.

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Dynamic Dolly for Sunfish

New Dynamic Dolly for Sunfish arrived! If you're interested I am an e-dealer can get you one from the factory for $486, free shipping.

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Here is what comes in the box for Dynamic Dolly, Sunfish model. Good instructions plus a sticker :)

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Assembled in 37 minutes with a screwdriver bit on drill.

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Sunfish hanging bow support

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Tires pressure can be lowered for very soft sand.

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Breaks down into 5 pieces for easy transport.

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DYnamic also sells dollies and custom racks for most sailing dinghys and small boats. If you're interested I am an e-dealer can get you a Sunfish dolly from the factory for $486, free shipping.

Saturday, June 21, 2014

Summer Sailstice 2014 with Zip

Summer Sailstice...I'm just saying....

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The original Sunfish came with a tiny daggerboard and elephant ear rudder, also a cloth sail. Today Zip is going to use a race cut Schurr Sail, Barrington daggerboard and 3rd generation rudder blade.

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Heading out on Zip, our 1953 wooden Sunfish, hull number 13.

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Trying to catch Zip on Madison, our photo ship.

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Alcort envisioned that the boat would be launched with the rudder up, then swung down into latch plate once in the water.

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Zip shipped a little water over the bow, and it ran into the cockpit.

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Pumping the bilge.

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Zip goes speeding by again.

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Have a child interested in sailing? Read about Zip's adventures in "Zip the Little Wooden Sailboat."


Learn more about Zip's Restoration

Have a great Summer!

Kent and Audrey

Friday, June 20, 2014

Sunfish Pickin Navarre FL "Lady"

Picked up a 1993 Sunfish manufactured by Sunfish Laser Inc. Trailer too :)

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Spars, mast, rudder and daggerboard in great sape. Sail is faded and stained. Hull needs to be wet sanded to remove stains.

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Wet sanding with 1600 grit.

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04 Jun 2014: Took Lady through the car wash then tried some Iron Out to get rid of mineral stains. It worked great!

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I sprayed it on, let it sit for a bit then wet sanded it off with 1600 grit.

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Peeled off the chipped up stripe.

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Daggerboard cleaned up nice with a coat of varnish.

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Added a new bow handle. Keep one screw in so metal backer plate does not fall off.

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06 Jun 2014: Added a new bailer.

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Intermission: Took a trip to NAS Pensacola and checked out their Sunfish fleet.

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Back to our irregularly scheduled program.

Picked up a 60th Anniversary sail from Key Sailing, and it was On Sale for $270. They have more if you need one, different colors too.

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I have a dot sprayed to measure 25 feet, good for a Sunfish halyard or sheet.

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Tied a bowline knot for the daggerboard retainer line.

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Sealed up a split that had already been dowel repaired.

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Remember to check for power lines before raising a sail.

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Cleaned up some gelcoat chips with a diamond file and filled them with Marine Tex epoxy putty.

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Lady has some real nice blocks.

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Looks awesome now!

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08 Jun 2014: Sold Lady to a Pensacola couple, she has a new 14 year old Skipper now! The Dad wants to get some stripes added before he presents the boat.

20 Jun 2014: Stripes added!

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