me

this blog is to help me remember the timeline and history of my 2 sailboats, the sailing trips that I take with them, and the repairs and upgrades that I work on to improve the boats.

I’m currently keeping busy as husband to one lovely wife, father to 3 young boys, and am hoping to start teaching them to sail in the next few years.

as I live in Michigan, my sailing season is rather short, so I will randomly post about other types of sailing or similar watersports.  I’ll also occasionally post about other things that my family or I have been doing other than sailing, and maybe once in a while post about music and things of the like that catch my interest.

for questions, comments, suggestions, email me: my2fish – at – gmail.com

14 Responses to “me”


  1. 1 Peter January 28, 2011 at 10:59 am

    Hi There,

    I saw on the site that you installed a mast cleat. Do you use special screws? Drill pilot holes and screw the cleat in? Simple as that?

    Peter

  2. 3 Jim November 9, 2012 at 7:43 pm

    I just joined your blog. I raced Sunfish in my teens and was a fleet champion at the Leland Yacht Club. Odds are you’ve been up that way once or twice. I even took a three day seminar with Derrick Fries. I haven’t sailed much since I had to get a real job, and that was 25 years ago. I just picked up an abused ’75 era sunfish and have been restoring it in central Illinois. Luckily, my parents still live in Leland and I get to go up an visit my old boat on occasion. Now I might be able to tow it home. One thing I’ve only done once is sail in Lake Michigan. Beautiful area if you can get up there. Here is my Dad’s site: http://www.lelandreport.com You might also be interested in some extreme videos by a friend of ours, Elijah Allen http://www.youtube.com/user/elijahallen/videos?view=0

    • 4 my2fish November 9, 2012 at 7:53 pm

      jim, glad to have you! I’m not sure I’ve made it up to Leland, but I know that northwest area of Michigan pretty well – more familiar with the area a bit south of there near Frankfort and Arcadia, though.

      thanks for the link to your dad’s site and the videos – I’ll be sure to check them out!

  3. 5 Dave January 1, 2013 at 1:56 pm

    I enjoy your blog. I am a sunfish sailor in Lake County Ohio. Mostly sail Fairport Harbor Lake Erie. I am originally from Michigan and would like to find some good areas for sailing Lake Michigan. The most challenging part is easy access getting the boat in and out of the water from a trailer.
    My present project is fixing up and painting a 1978 Minifish.

    • 6 my2fish January 1, 2013 at 2:01 pm

      Dave, thanks for reading and commenting! I would agree the difficulty will be finding a place to launch with a trailer. Lake Michigan often has larger sandy beaches that stretch quite a ways. a dolly with fat tires would help, but if you don’t have that, I’d try to research if there are any boat ramps along the coastline.

      I’ve only sailed on Lake Michigan near Arcadia, and we have had to carry my boat down to the water’s edge.

  4. 7 Dave January 2, 2013 at 6:53 pm

    Thanks. I often sail alone because my kids are only 10 and 5 yo. I bought a Minifish because it is lighter, only 80 lbs. I plan to use a Rollaboat tote which fits in where the centerboard goes. Hopefully, I will be able to launch from most beaches that way. The trick is to do it all by myself and not kill my back. The sunfish is really made for beach launching. It is just hard to move it on a soft beach.

    • 8 my2fish January 2, 2013 at 7:30 pm

      Dave, you might be alright with the lighter Minifish and that dolly.

      Have you taken your kids sailing? I’ve taken all 3 of my boys out with me (not all at the same time!). It is a great father/child bonding experience!

  5. 9 doug March 31, 2013 at 1:09 pm

    my2fish hopefully you can help…after this winter my wife discovered quite a lot of water in the hull of her only 3 year old sunfish….can you reccommend the proper weith to get this out? She has not had issues with water in the hull after sailing….thanks….

  6. 11 M_Zeissler June 28, 2013 at 8:55 am

    Hey, my2fish! I’ve always enjoyed your blog, so I wanted you to know that I recognized you with the Very Inspiring Blogger Award. You can get all of the info here:
    http://exploratorius.us/2013/06/28/an-award-er-recognition/

  7. 13 Elizabeth July 5, 2014 at 1:39 pm

    Hi there, found your blog while searching for tips to keeping our Super Porpoise afloat (near Muskegon). Not sure of the vintage, and we are not very experienced sailors but it gets us around our little lake. So the attachment for the rudder has come right off the hull and there’s not much there to screw back into. Taking advantage of open screw holes to drain the hull a bit right now. But have you any advice for screwing that part back on? Would toggle bolts be insane? I appreciate any thoughts you have. Btw out serial no is S3389 if you happen to know of when that might have been made.

    • 14 my2fish July 7, 2014 at 10:46 am

      Elizabeth, great to hear from you! I don’t have any good way to estimate the date for a Super Porpoise. I’ve never found any information on that online.

      I would recommend against using toggle bolts. If you think there might be decent backing still there (wood blocks maybe?), then you could epoxy the holes with some filler and re-install the screws… maybe slightly larger screws. Your best option would be to install an inspection port on the deck in that area, so you have access and can inspect the inside of the hull to see what kind of backing material is there. Good luck!


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