Posts Tagged 'sunfish forum'

tall ships and lasers

an amazing photo from a couple weeks ago of Lasers sailing alongside a Tall Ship in The Hague Harbour and Beach.

Photo by Karin Ziemer te Riele

found this over at the Laser Forum.

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sailboat swap and sale at Zim Sailing (Rhode Island)

sounds like a great opportunity to grab some Sunfish boats or Sunfish gear at the upcoming sailboat swap and sale at Zim Sailing in Rhode Island.

A local club brought in a bunch of old sunfish and parts to sell at our Boat Swap this Saturday. See details below.

Saturday April 6th from 9-3
@ Zim Sailing’s Headquarters!
33 Broadcommon Rd, Unit 1, Bristol RI, 02809

Used Boat Auction:
Sell your Opti, 420, Sunfish, or Laser.
Find a great deal on a used boat.
Auction starts @ 10 AM, sharp!
Cash or check only.

Other Event Specials:
New Boat Specials!
BIC SUP Specials!
Parts and Gear Specials!
Clearance Rack!
Factory tours!

For more information Contact us, 401-237-6117.
RSVP Via Facebook Here

details posted on the Sunfish Forum.

 

sunfish in a pool

a little while back, a conversation started on the Yahoo Sunfish Sailor email group (this is kind of a dated forum and difficult to navigate, but there remains a wealth of information stored there in the archives.  the newer Sunfish Forum is much easier to post questions, search the historical posts and in general get quicker advice).

anyway, someone posed the question: “what’s the smallest lake you have ever sailed your Sunfish on?”

answers came in with quite a variety – small lakes, a few ponds, Johnson Slough for the Great Pumpkin Regatta to name a few.

but then, a picture was posted by a Sunfish sailor named Mike that takes the cake:

“In 1979 my best friend and I put my 1970 Sunfish in our backyard pool”

in fairness to the other small body of water sailors, this doesn’t really count as “sailing”, as the Sunfish in the swimming pool is a naked hull – with no sail or seemingly any other hardware, but still a creative little stunt to pull off, and certainly the smallest body of water in comparison to the others mentioned.

the more important question: how did they end up with a Sunfish deck color that matched their swimming pool slide color?! that’s coordination taken to a whole new level. 😉

photo courtesy of Mike (sunfish4naptown AT yahoo.com)

AMF: we make weekends

this is a silly little cartoon advertisement from the 1970’s(?) – where AMF makes claim to “making weekends”.

AMF was one of the earlier builders of the Sunfish sailboat, buying out Alcort in 1969, and building the Sunfish, Minifish, Super Sunfish and a few other small sailboats until 1985.

HT: saw this posted at the Sunfish Forum.

sunfish sailing terror [video]

this video was posted a few days ago on the Sunfish Forum (link).  it is a little long at 21+ minutes, but it is interesting for a few reasons:

  • for those wind and wave conditions, it sure seems like he started with the sail set too high – lowering the sail rig would’ve helped with the overturning moment he would see and have to counteract with his body weight, position, and healthy dose of hiking out.
  • he has multiple capsizes, with the Sunfish going full “turtle” and flipping upside down.
  • he has a rigging failure out on the water, with the halyard attachment to the upper boom coming loose, I think during the first capsize.  it seems as if the upper end of the halyard has maybe a snap shackle attached to it (about 6:30 in the video) and he uses a strange knot setup to re-attach the halyard.  typically, the halyard is attached to the upper mast with a clove hitch.
  • he has a lot of trouble raising the sail back up – this is certainly not an easy task out on wavy water, but it appears his halyard was twisted around the mast, and that certainly wouldn’t help at all. instead of pulling towards himself, he would have had better luck holding the sail with his left hand and pulling down on the halyard alongside the mast.
  • he has an older swivel cam cleat at the cockpit lip (I think he hooks the tail end of the halyard into it?) but also a mainsheet block there as well. it might be simplest to remove whichever isn’t getting use to help with confusion while sailing.
  • he could probably use a good Sunfish rigging guide to familiarize himself with the key knots to use and the optimal setup for his mainsheet and halyard.
  • he has a green “lifeline” that he attaches to himself and the boat – while this is probably not a bad idea, I felt like there was just a tangled mess of lines each time he capsized.
  • overall, he did keep pretty good spirits despite each setback, and found a way to limp back to shore and safety – probably with a newfound realization of his level of sailing skill and what he needs to learn from and improve upon.
  • it’s never easy to admit failure, so kudos to him for sharing it – hopefully he and now the video viewers can learn from it.

full warning: this was filmed live during the event and he certainly uses some rough language, quite understandable in the situation, but watch your volume if you’re around young children when watching.

any other thoughts and comments?

sunfish frankenboat: “folk art”

I know I’ve seen this disaster before, but was reminded of it again on the Sunfish Forum.

plywood sides, plexiglass windows, and a little cabin have been scabbed onto the deck of a (fiberglass) Sunfish hull.  it’s not clear if a motor was meant to be added or not, or if the original Sunfish mast and sail would be used? no oar locks visible either – so I’m not sure if this contraption was ever meant to see the water? or perhaps it was just going to be a prop for parades and things like that?

the “boat” is listed for sale on Craigslist at the Jersey Shore.

I’ve posted about this unique boat before – looks like it has a fresh coat of white paint… but only on the plywood.  don’t bother painting the dirty old fiberglass hull to match!


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