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sailing supplies

I was trying to organize my basement shop, and had my sailing supplies in 3 or 4 different boxes.  I decided to organize them a little better, but before I did that – I laid most of it all out on one of my workbenches.

sailing supplies

there is a little bit of everything there: an old rudder head that needs to be cleaned up.  a pair of old tiller straps that have been polished up to look almost like new. a new tiller extension (a Ronstan Battlestick). bailers, old and new.  sail rings, old and new.  inspection ports. new lines – a mainsheet, halyard, outhaul and cunningham.  cleats – cam and clam. two options for Sunfish mainsheet control – a new ratchet block and an old swiveling fairlead and cleat. eyestraps, standup springs, hiking straps.  Interlux varnish, West System epoxy stuff, and the remains of my 2-part expanding foam (use to reset my foam blocks).

anything else I should add to my collection?

 

sunfish parts storage

a few weekends back, I was getting annoyed with my random large and cumbersome parts for my Sunfish sailboats getting piled haphazardly on various shelves in the garage, and just adding to the general state of mess that exists in my garage.  I was specifically thinking of the rudder & tiller combination and the daggerboard(s) that I had, and trying to come up with a better storage solution for them.

so this is my solution – I built (2) brackets out of a piece of 2×4 and 3/4″ diameter wooden dowels. each 3/4″ diameter wooden dowel is about 12″ long, and (2) maybe 24″ long pieces of a 2×4 to make the set.  I drilled a 3/4″ diameter hole in the 2×4 (approximately 3″ apart) and used a little wood glue to hold the dowels in place.  then I just screwed the brackets into the wall studs in just about the only empty space along my garage walls – which happens to be up above where the back garage entry door swings open against the wall.

so on my storage rack, you can see (2) wooden daggerboards, my FRP replica daggerboard from Intensity Sails, (2) rudder & tillers (the rudders are hanging behind the blue rope), plus my collapsible paddle, and some various bits of rope hanging there as well.  up on the top, I have my small tupperware box that I keep most of my other sailing gear in – sailing gloves, a cat bag to go in an inspection port, sunscreen, a whistle, my floating clip thing to hook onto my glasses, a sponge for the cockpit, and other various little things I bring along.  I’m extremely happy with the storage rack – much more organized than I had been with the parts before.


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