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super porpoise standing on it’s tail

can you teach an old fish new tricks?

super porpoise standing up

this is the most action my old Super Porpoise has seen in a long time.

while we were living in Indiana, I used to store it by hanging it from the garage ceiling (above the garage door space).

IN-super porpoise

but when we moved from Indiana back to Michigan, I had to hang it on it’s side against the garage wall as the ceiling height was too low, and I hadn’t moved it since. then I bought an old Sunfish with a trailer off of ebay, and a couple years later, added a 2000 Sunfish and an older Minifish (for the boys, of course) to my fleet.

since we have built a new house and moved out of the old one, we had to move the Super Porpoise as well, and I needed to get it temporarily out of the way, at least for the short term until I figure out a better long term storage solution until I can either fix up the blemishes or just sell the old girl.

I’ve seen pictures of all the pretty new and shiny Sunfish sailboats standing vertically at the Laser Performance factory in Rhode Island, so figured it was at least worth trying. here’s one of the 60th anniversary Sunfish all pretty and in nice vertical rows.

sunfish on edge

seems simple, right?

hardly.  despite setting up a cheap block and tackle up in the rafters, there wasn’t really a good way to get the Super Porpoise tipped up vertically.  I had my 15-yr old son helping to muscle it around as best we could, but if you can believe it, my barn isn’t quite big enough (yeah, try telling my wife that…).  at least not big enough to stand up the Super Porpoise or Sunfish sailboats easily. after using the full extent of the block and tackle, we had to muscle it around by hand, and the nose kept hitting the sloping underside of the roof plywood, the boat would tip back and forth smacking into the trusses.  through some miracle of sweat, possibly tears (my son’s, obviously), and shear dumb luck – we did get it to stand up vertically.  we slipped a couple 2×4’s underneath to support it, and walked away.

I don’t know how I’m gonna get that thing down…

 

SUP sunfish

recently, Laser Performance announced a few new products that they are adding to their catalog of several sailboats (Laser, Sunfish, Pico, Bahia, etc); Laser Performance will now offer a few versions of stand-up paddle boards (or SUP).  SUP’s are all the rage these days and are a fun and easy way to get you out of the water.

scene4_sport_frontbut the strange thing (to me, anyway) is that Laser Performance is branding the new SUP’s with the Sunfish logo – and name.  so now, you have your standard Sunfish sailboat and also (3) options of Sunfish stand up paddle boards. what’s next, a slightly more aerodynamic & sporty version of an SUP called the Laser?

they are calling this branding the “world of Sunfish” and lumping these new SUP’s together with the standard Sunfish sailboat.

After more than 60 years, the thrill of Sunfish is still going strong. Its iconic design is part of the evolution of surfing and closely related to contemporary paddle boarding.

they call it a “return to it’s boarding roots”, which itself has some truth to it, as the original creators of the Sunfish (and it’s predecessor, the Sailfish) were tasked to create a paddle board for the Red Cross way back in the beginning of the Sailfish and Sunfish history.

interestingly enough, though, the term “Sunfish” is already such a strong brand name for a small sailboat, that many of it’s similar sized & shaped competitors are often mis-labeled as Sunfish when talked about or advertised, simply because in the small sailboat world, most everyone knows what a Sunfish sailboat looks like.  with the recent spike in popularity for the stand up paddle boards (you can even buy them at Costco!), does slapping the “Sunfish” logo and name on these ones improve their appeal? or just cause more confusion?

I think they’ve obviously missed an opportunity to join the two ideas, and could have simply called the new stand-up paddle boards: the SUPfish.

I mean, I’ve been stand up sailing on my Sunfish for a while now.  you don’t need to buy a fancy a new board and paddle to do that!

standupsailing

so the biggest thing missing from these new SUP’s offered by LP is a sail. every other boat option they manufacturer has a sail on it.

so now, after hours of deep research and deep Google dives, I’ve stumbled upon the solution.

just add a sail to your paddle!

DaSail-sailpaddle

now we’re talking! surfing, sailing and stand-up paddle boarding all mixed up into one neat little package!

supfish

(some photoshop liberties may have been taken with that last photo…)

 

mr blue skies

  
spending a few days at a small lake in Indiana, and have sailed a bit both days so far, despite some heavy storms this morning. light and shifty winds, but still fun. 

sunfish: sailing’s most popular dinghy. ever.

Laser Performance, the manufacturer of the Sunfish and several other sailing dinghies, created a nice little promotional video about the Sunfish. check it out:

drifting in a Minifish

I was skimming through some of my GoPro videos from our vacation last summer at Camp Arcadia on Lake Michigan, and I took a quick screenshot of T2 drifting along in the Minifish on a very calm day out on Lake Michigan.

t2 drift minifish

it was an awesome day – sailing with my boys, but with them sailing solo in the Minifish while I was alone or with one of them in the Sunfish.  after a bit, the boys switched places, and Noah got his turn drifting along in the Minifish.

noah minifish

not the greatest amount of wind, but still a beautiful day to mess about on the Great Lakes.

calm water

yesterday, the waters of Lake Michigan had settled back down after Tuesday’s rainstorm. it was very light winds, but we took down my Sunfish and our new Minifish down to the beach to try sailing.

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it was a fun day playing on the water, even with the lighter winds. my 13-yr old sailed the Minifish first, and I took my 6- yr old for a ride on the Sunfish.

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I’ll post more details later.


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