here is a neat little video showing how SLO Sail & Canvas fabricates their top covers for the Sunfish sailboat.
saw this video posted on the Sunfish Forum.
thoughts? it certainly is pretty creative. also quite simple and fairly low cost.
I didn’t realize you could flatten PVC like that – but I’d worry about it’s long term strength. pine and plywood also don’t strike me as the best suited for exposure to water, or having very much structural strength and stiffness.
it seems like old rudders are pretty readily available if you look around, so I’m not sure I’d try to recreate something that works if I can find an old one nearby to buy and maybe refinish if need be. plus, I sail enough on the Great Lakes that I don’t think I’d trust sailing in heavy wind and waves with a home-made creation that might not hold up under the heavier loading from heavy sailing.
I was a bit distracted over the July 4th weekend, so apologize that I am late posting this. there are (5) Sunfish races in the Midwest Region during the month of July.
Saturday, July 5th – Carpenter Lake Regatta (Open)
this is already past (sorry!)
Saturday, July 12th and Sunday, July 13th – Sam Meyers Memorial Regatta (Open)
this is another 2-day regatta, hosted by the Pymatuning Sailing Club at the Pymatuning State Park in Linesville, Pennsylvania, to honor the late Sam Meyers. this is technically a race in the Mid-Atlantic Region event, but is close enough to the Midwest if you’re willing to travel that far. it is a multi-class event, with Sunfish, Laser, Force 5, Hobie 16 and Hobie 18 sailboats racing (if enough pre-register). rustic camping is available. the Notice of Race (NOR) can be found here (.pdf file).
Sunday, July 13th – Camptown Races (Open)
Racing 1:30pm to 4:00pm – no fees, no trophies, just fun!
Saturday, July 19th – PBC Invitational Regatta (Open)
this race will be held on the Maumee River, and will be hosted by the Perrysburg Boat Club.
Sunday, July 27th – Fun Sunfish Regatta (Open)
this race will be held at Kiser Lake State Park in Ohio and is hosted by the Kiser Lake Sailing Club. the lake is popular for sailing as motorboats are not allowed on the lake. per the Midwest schedule notes:
2:00pm Start. Open to all, no fees. There are trophies, relaxed atmosphere, short courses, numerous starts, FUN!
as an aside… it is nice to see Shoreline using the Total Boat product line from Jamestown Distributors. I’ve purchased some of the Total Boat Thixo, but have not used it yet. the Total Boat product line seems like a good alternative to West System products that is perhaps a little easier on the wallet!
I was looking through some of my GoPro video footage from sailing my Sunfish last summer on Lake Erie, and I put together this little clip of me flipping the boat over. I had been sailing a while and came in close to shore so that I could adjust the way my GoPro video camera was mounted back on the end of the lower boom.
in retrospect, I’m not really sure why I didn’t go all the way into the beach to fiddle with the camera – maybe I thought the process would be simpler? either way, it ended up a bit of a mess, and flipped the Sunfish right over when the sail caught the wind just right. thankfully the water wasn’t deep enough for the boat to flip all the way over and “turtle”.
I hope you find some joy in my stupidity!