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sunfish wood parts restoration (by Epoxyworks)

I got my latest copy of “Epoxyworks” magazine in the mail earlier this week and was excited to see they had an article about the restoration of wooden Sunfish parts – the rudder, tiller, and daggerboard.  I completed similar repairs and improvements to my various Sunfish (and Super Porpoise) wooden parts as well, using more or less the same steps – but with maybe slightly more serious structural repairs for my gear.

photo by Epoxyworks magazine

you can read the full article here: http://epoxyworks.com/index.php/sunfish-wood-restoration/

greater detroit 2017 Sunfish race schedule

the Greater Detroit Sunfish Club (GDSC) has released their 2017 Sunfish race schedule (you can find it with additional information posted at their Yahoo Group).  you can also check them out on their Facebook page or website.

  • May 7th – Maceday Lake (public launch)
  • May 21st – DOUBLE DELIGHT! at Watkins Lake
  • June 3rd & 4th – Gull Lake Sunfish Open Regatta (details & NOR TBD)
  • June 11th – Watkins Lake
  • June 24th & 25th – Tawas Bay State Park & Tawas Bay Yacht Club – a camping & sailing weekend at Tawas Bay on Lake Huron
  • July 30th – U.P. Island Race (Les Cheneaux YC… details t.b.d.)
  • September 2nd & 3rd – Tawas Bay – another camping & sailing weekend at Tawas Bay on Lake Huron
  • September 24th – DOUBLE DELIGHT! at Watkins Lake
  • October 8th – TO BE DETERMINED

all Sunday races start at 12:30pm [uno], with the camping/racing weekends starting earlier in the day to get extra races in over the weekend.

new this year is the Double Delight, where they will be having 6 races. the schedule starts with a 9:30 Skippers meeting then race #1 would begin at 10:00am with two more races to follow.  then a break for lunch. after lunch they would conduct 3 more races… thus creating a 6 race Sunday.

I said this last year (and the year before… and the year before), and didn’t get a chance to sail with this group, but I’m again going to do my best to meet up with them for some sailing races this year.

I’m doing the work

I’m not a slacker!

has the increase in instantaneous, short snippets of information, ready to be instantly accessed via various forms of social media caused a decrease in blogging?

is it easier to post something or “like” it on Facebook?

have Instagram, Pinterest, and Tumblr taken over as the place to look for sailing/nautical images and then some?

have Twitter, Snapchat, or the latest social media craze sapped away all of our fleeting attention spans?

 

how many is too many?

I got my notice(s) from the State of Michigan to renew my watercraft registration for my sailboats.

  • 1960(ish) Super Porpoise
  • 1966(ish) Sunfish
  • 1970’s Minifish
  • 2000 Sunfish

is that too many?

the 2000 Sunfish and Minifish both are my go-to boats (me in the Sunfish, boys in the Minifish).  my oldest son is getting big enough to probably sail a Sunfish alone, so maybe the ’66 Sunfish will get worked back into the rotation (after my BIL puts the splashguard back on it…).

but then I’ll need to modify my trailer to carry 3 sailboats…

the Super Porpoise hasn’t seen the water in years, so I should probably just fix up a couple minor spots and try to sell it.  any takers?

Michigan sailboat registration is cheap, though – only $9 for a 3-yr sticker.

that’s another reason that Michigan is a great place to sail!

the road taken

the weekly photo challenge is “the road taken“.

roads

but I say: why take the roads, when you can sail instead?

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sunfish parts galore

if you are anywhere near the Dallas/Fort Worth area in Texas and in need of Sunfish parts, there is a craigslist posting by the Dallas Corinthian Yacht Club where they are selling a TON of Sunfish parts.  apparently they are no longer going to be using the Sunfish for their youth program, and are thus selling off the whole lot of them.  posting says this weekend only, so jump on it if you are in that area.

https://dallas.craigslist.org/ndf/bpo/6005835312.html

the hulls look to all be older and are pretty beat up, but $150 to $200 range.

dcyc-hull

sails on booms ($175) or loose sails ($25 to $50)

dcyc-sail

daggerboards and rudders ($75 each)

dcyc-wood-parts

the craigslist post has a lot more details.  I’m not sure this is your best option if you’re starting with nothing – but if you’re looking for a spare part or two, it’s probably well worth your time.


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