update 1/18/10: Intensity Sails is currently running some great sale prices on a lot of items. if you’re not looking to stay class-legal (for officially sanctioned racing), they have their own FRP practice daggerboard that is $40 off (now $159.99), and the Intensity Sails hiking strap ($12.99), plus they now offer a quick-release bolt for your gooseneck ($8.99 – much better than $22).
these are my parts lists – things I’m thinking about getting (or in some cases – dreaming – about getting), and in some cases – have recently purchased and installed – to repair and/or upgrade my 2 ‘Fish. no set timeline for purchasing some or any of it, more just to keep track of things that catch my eye, and where I find the best prices for them. I’ll update it randomly as I find problems with the 2 ‘Fish, or really sweet deals while surfing the net:
- a new sail – probably just a recreational one, but maybe with a window? actually, the more I think about it, I’m now leaning more towards the race style practice sail – to give me a little more power.
- Intensity Sails – $149.99 for a race style practice sail (white only, includes the window, ~$10 shipping)
- Neil Pryde Sails – $140 for a recreational sail (many color combos to choose from, $15 shipping, $25 to add a window)
- The Sail Store – varies, about $149 minimum (a couple different color options, $20 to add a window, ?? shipping)
- mast base cap and top cap – switch to the new mast cap style, and hopefully make the mast water-tight, to help prevent it from turtling when I dump it: mast cap – $11.69, base cap – $8.90 (picked these up at Torresen Marine on 8/28/09… the base cap doesn’t fit right… I did finally get them to fit – see my mast upgrades)
- Sunfish Tune-a-kit (a package that includes all new lines, a set of sail clips, a hiking strap, a tiller extension universal, and a rigging guide, all packed in a nice little cooler with a Sunfish logo): $106 @ Sailboat Garage (currently on sale for $99.95 at Sunfishdirect.com as of 1/18/10)
- aluminum clamcleat (to attach to the boom for the halyard): Clamcleat C211 Mark I $12.80 @ Sailboat Garage — check that, Wavedancer from the Sunfish Forum gave me a good tip – a horn cleat instead of the clam cleat is a better option – it will allow me to set up the Jens rig for heavy winds: $13.75 @ Sailboat Garage (installed on each mast – see my mast upgrades)
- upgrade my mainsheet controls to a 57mm carbo block with stand-up spring and a swivel-base cam cleat
- 57mm Harken H2135 carbo ratchet block: $52 @ West Marine (maybe the Harken H019, but it’s $58 – any reason one is better?, see this post about the 2135, updated 3/2/10)
- swivel-base cam cleat (Harken 241): $56 @ West Marine
- I decided to SKIP the swivel-base cam cleat, and instead mounted a standard cam cleat on the lip of the cockpit – see my mainsheet block update
- quick-adjust lever for the gooseneck: $23 @ Sailboat Garage (or maybe this one for $8? – a Nashbar quick release bolt for bikes) (I bought the $8.99 version at Intensity Sails – works beautifully so far)
- daggerboard retaining strip (I currently just use a bungee cord) (this one for $6.50 at Intensity Sails)
- a complete bailer (the plastic one, to replace my old version)
- new drainplug assembly (2) – this is low on the ol’ totem pole
super porpoise list:
- a new sail – SLO Sail and Canvas quoted me a custom sail for the Super Porpoise – only $377!
- a mainsheet block and swiveling cleat (maybe the Harken 240 or 241?), or maybe upgrade the Sunfish setup (as noted above) and re-use my old setup on the Super Porpoise for now…
- upgrade all of the lines
- aluminum clamcleat — a horn cleat (same reason as above for the sunfish)
random stuff list:
- marine tex & gelcoat supplies & fiberglass repair stuff – to touch up minor scratches, and any major repairs that come along
- tell-tales (for both the Sunfish and Super Porpoise sails)
- boat covers – I might just buy a couple of nice tarps from the hardware store, and a grommet kit to custom-make my own covers until a few years down the road when I’ll spring for a nice set of covers
- make my own beach dolly for launching
- a couple extra inspection ports, maybe a 4″ to go in the cockpit wall?
- a bottleport! those things are sweet!
- GoPro HD Surf Hero – takes HD video or shoots continuous photos, includes an adhesive base mount – looks amazing!
- my wife bought me one! I used it a few times – see my videos page