Posts Tagged 'sunfish rigging'

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

rigging a Sunfish sailboat [video]

this is an excellent video that shows how to rig your Sunfish sailboat. it was created by Steve King of North Shore Yacht Club in Highland Park, Illinois. North Shore Yacht Club sails on Lake Michigan and has a fleet of 17 Sunfish. Steve mentioned to me in an email that the really nice thing about having a standard rigging for the club is that it keeps all the boats setup the same, and it keeps the storage area neat if all the sails are put away the same way.

there are some really good tips & tricks in the video – I don’t use all the same rigging settings, but most are very similar. the slipknot that he ties into the halyard to give a 2:1 purchase for raising up the sail is a great idea.

for more tips on how to rig your Sunfish, see my post with various Sunfish rigging guides.

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.

 

sunfish gooseneck adjustment [video]

this is a bit detailed, but a good introduction to the gooseneck setting for your Sunfish sail.  the presentation is given by Paul-Jon Patin from a Starboard Passage Clinic (in 2008).  Starboard Passage has some great tips on rigging your Sunfish, and more rigging information can be found at my sunfish rigging guide post here.

here is how I’ve marked my lower boom with 1-inch increments so I can quickly see my setting.

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sunfish rigging knots

here is a quick refresher on how to tie the knots required for rigging your Sunfish.

Basic Rigging

the halyard connects to the upper boom with a clove hitch:

the halyard should be led through the deck fairlead and then tied off to the deck horn cleat using a cleat hitch:

if your mainsheet does not have a snap clip on the end of it, then you can tie the end of the mainsheet to the bridle at the back end of your Sunfish with the very useful bowline knot:

after passing the mainsheet through the (2) boom blocks on the lower boom, feed the mainsheet through your mainsheet ratchet block (or similar).  as a safety measure, you should then tie a stopper knot into the end of your mainsheet.  I like to use a figure 8 stopper knot:

as an alternative, you could also use an Ashley stopper knot (as recommended by Shoreline Sailboats):

all of these knots (and more) are detailed at Animated  Knots.

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if you don’t have a ratchet block for your mainsheet, I would highly recommend one.  I’ve been using a Harken 2135, and it is a very nice system for controlling your mainsheet.

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for additional information on rigging your Sunfish, see my compilation of various Sunfish rigging guides.

how to replace a Sunfish pintle

Sailing Texas has a sweet step-by-step photo tutorial on their website for how to replace your Sunfish pintle.

the pintle is the pivot point for a Sunfish rudder.  it is a small steel pin with a spring that is attached to the rudder head.  the necked down portions of the pintle are where the whole rudder assembly then attaches to the rudder gudgeon bracket on the back end of your Sunfish.

you can buy a replacement pintle (only the pin) at Intensity Sails for $6.50,  or you can buy the whole kit, including the pintle, the spring, a steel washer, a snap ring, and a cotter pin, from various Sunfish dealers – Colie Sails has the kit for $24.

I’ve never had to do this repair myself, but am bookmarking this how-to page for future reference.


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