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harken h150

I was just browsing online for some new rigging to get for the Minifish that I bought in November, and came across a nice little video that Annapolis Performance Sailing just created that talks about the Harken H150 cam cleat and some of the accessories you can pair with the H150.

the H150 is a great little cam cleat that I have used before with my Sunfish if I want the option to cleat the mainsheet.  my setup includes a Harken carbo ratcheting block – the 57mm H2135 on a stand-up spring – that controls the tension on the mainsheet.  I mounted the H150 cam cleat on the turned down lip around the cockpit of the Sunfish.  the picture below is before I installed the stand-up spring, but shows the H150 mounted on the cockpit lip.

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this position is important for a few reasons: it keeps the cam cleat mostly out of the way, and it makes it fairly difficult to reach that far into the middle of the boat to cleat off the mainsheet when you are hiked out in a stiff breeze.  some sailors/racers like to install a cleat on each side of the cockpit near the outer edge of the Sunfish, but these can hurt your legs if you ever are hiked out and forward enough that they get in the way.

the reason to avoid cleating off your mainsheet in a medium to high strength winds is that you lose the ability to quickly spill the sails if you are hit with a quick puff of breeze.  it is recommended to learn to sail with the mainsheet always in your hand, controlling the sail and making minor adjustments with the wind.  if you were hit with a large gust of wind with the mainsheet cleated, it could cause you to flip your Sunfish and take an impromptu swim!

a note for newer Sunfish with the rolled gunwales – the cockpit trim makes it difficult to install the H150 on the cockpit lip.  you might be able to figure something out, but with my newer Sunfish, I just installed the H2135 and the standup spring, and skipped the cam cleat.  either option works!

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HT: APS Stern Scoop blog

sunfish hull autopsy

this is a guest post from Alan Glos (aglos@colgate.edu) – an excellent resource for various Sunfish parts & supplies. he posted the same story & pictures at the Sunfish Forum.  I am re-posting it here with his permission.

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Warning! The following post contains text and images that may be disturbing to some Sunfish aficionados. Viewer discretion is advised.

Autopsy results. A deceased, Sunfish sailboat, hull number AMF32630M751 (hereafter referred to as M751) was examined on 8/13/13 to determine cause of death. The owner stated that he and his wife had purchased the boat second hand and sailed it once in a 20 mph northwest wind on a lake in Upstate NY, and minutes into the ill fated voyage, a distinct cracking noise was heard and the mast sagged forward. They limped back to shore, sold the hull to a local boatwright (of questionable repute) and eventually transferred the rig to a new hull.

Gross examination revealed a 38-year-old hull, white with blue coaming and red, white and blue deck stripes. Other than the aformentioned mast hole failure and cracked deck, M751 was in otherwise good health and seaworthy.

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Incisions were made in the deck at several points using a Makita 4” angle grinder with a 3/16” cut-off blade.

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Internal organs were removed and examined and determined to be in overall good, seaworthy condition. The following organs were harvested:

  • One full set of hull and cockpit aluminum trim
  • One coaming (blue)
  • One plastic cockpit bailer assembly (a transplanted organ for the original DePersia aluminum bailer)
  • One mainsheet swivel cleat
  • One mainsheet, 3 loop bridle with deck eyes
  • One stainless steel external gudgeon bracket with matching internal back-up plate and stainless mounting screws
  • One brass deck drain assembly
  • One bow handle (slightly pitted)

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With the permission of the owner, these organs will be placed in the local organ bank to be made available (at a price) for transplant.

Cause of Death: Examination of the external mast hole and the internal mast step revealed catastrophic failure at the base of the mast step and the keel possibly due to birth defect aggravated by high wind conditions at the time of M751’s untimely demise.

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Close examination of the area between the mast tube base and the keel revealed inadequate fiberglass and resin resulting in fore and aft movement of the mast tube assembly.

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Had the hull been newer and in better overall health, surgery involving a total mast step reconstruction could have added years to M751’s life, but it was deemed to be economically infeasible. Life support was suspended and a full part-out procedure was elected.

The remains minus the harvested organs were interred in the Madison County Landfill in the Town of Lincoln.

 

10% off Harken at APS in March

during the month of March, Annapolis Performance Sailing (APS) is offering their 10% off sale on their entire Harken hardware product line.  additionally, if you spend over $100, you get a free gift (and naturally the gift gets better the more you spend!).

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I use the Harken 2135 57mm carbo ratchet block for my mainsheet control on my Sunfish – it was a BIG upgrade over what I was using previously, and a HUGE improvement over the old hook that came standard on older Sunfish sailboats.  I also use the H071 stand-up spring and the HSB2 spring cup.

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with 10% off, now is a pretty good time to update your old gear or improve to a newer system.

pimp my boat: 1970 Sunfish restoration

the following is is from a contest put on by Jamestown Distributors (JD).  the contest was called “pimp my boat” and the contestants would post before and after pictures of boat repair/restoration projects that they had completed (presumably using some supplies from JD).  this particular contestant was repairing a 1970 Sunfish sailboat.

his “before” picture is downright frightening! but I guess it was only $50.

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but after I’m sure quite a bit of work, the final result is mighty impressive!

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stop by the website for his project to see more pictures of the process and final results.  maybe it will give you an inspiration for a repair project this winter.

do you have any projects planned for your Sunfish during the winter months ahead?

the solar fish (a frankenboat)

fellow blogger Earwigoagin posted this gem on his blog a few days ago.  he was attending the 2012 Mid-Atlantic Small Craft Festival and stumbled upon a modified Sunfish sailboat (or maybe a Sunfish clone? – it’s hard to tell).

the boat has had major modifications: the normal lateen sail on a Sunfish with the upper and lower boom and a triangular sail has been replaced by a single furling sail.  the cockpit has been chopped up and totally rebuilt – I’m pretty sure the daggerboard slot has to have been removed, and the cockpit enlarged, so that the driver can sit down inside the new larger cockpit more comfortably.  as Earwigoagin mentioned, this appears to be “a sit-in, non-hiking day sailor with a small cabin.”  there is also, a little solar panel up on top, which powers a small trolling motor.

overall, a pretty neat little bit of creative work to make a unique little boat for messing about on the water.  I’m not sure that a Sunfish would have been my 1st choice to start with for a project like this, but he seems to have done a great job and I’m sure has a lot of fun with it.

be sure to check out Earwigoagin‘s blog for more small boat & dinghy sailing topics.

sunfish killed by sandy

the Wet Pants Sailing Association (WPSA) in Sayville, New York posted a few pictures on Twitter of the damage to their Sunfish storage racks and a few of their Sunfish in the wake of Hurricane/Tropical Storm Sandy.

 


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