today was an unseasonably warm day for January in Michigan – I think the temperatures were in the high 50′s this afternoon. I’ve been unable to take my Sunfish up to my dad’s barn for winter storage due to various schedule conflicts and then snowy roads – so today was shaping up to be a perfect day to drive the hour or so west to his house and put it away in his barn.
I forgot to take any pictures today, but it looks pretty much the same as last year’s winter storage (see pic below)! since no one was home – I even muscled the Sunfish up there by myself – it took a little creativity and some brute strength, but I was able to lift the boat up and fasten the 2×4 beams under it to hold it in place.
when I was driving home, I did chance upon a VERY different way to store a Sunfish, and just had to stop and take a picture. it looks like it was just tossed into the back of the old beat up wooden boat.
a few weekends back, I was getting annoyed with my random large and cumbersome parts for my Sunfish sailboats getting piled haphazardly on various shelves in the garage, and just adding to the general state of mess that exists in my garage. I was specifically thinking of the rudder & tiller combination and the daggerboard(s) that I had, and trying to come up with a better storage solution for them.
so this is my solution – I built (2) brackets out of a piece of 2×4 and 3/4″ diameter wooden dowels. each 3/4″ diameter wooden dowel is about 12″ long, and (2) maybe 24″ long pieces of a 2×4 to make the set. I drilled a 3/4″ diameter hole in the 2×4 (approximately 3″ apart) and used a little wood glue to hold the dowels in place. then I just screwed the brackets into the wall studs in just about the only empty space along my garage walls – which happens to be up above where the back garage entry door swings open against the wall.
so on my storage rack, you can see (2) wooden daggerboards, my FRP replica daggerboard from Intensity Sails, (2) rudder & tillers (the rudders are hanging behind the blue rope), plus my collapsible paddle, and some various bits of rope hanging there as well. up on the top, I have my small tupperware box that I keep most of my other sailing gear in – sailing gloves, a cat bag to go in an inspection port, sunscreen, a whistle, my floating clip thing to hook onto my glasses, a sponge for the cockpit, and other various little things I bring along. I’m extremely happy with the storage rack – much more organized than I had been with the parts before.