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    Default Sunfish Sail Rigged Malibu-Outrigger Style?

    i.e. Like http://tinyurl.com/43njzcx

    instead of http://writeonthewater.com/wp-conten...1/03/Sunny.jpg

    Anybody see a problem with this?

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    Default Re: Sunfish Sail Rigged Malibu-Outrigger Style?

    In light air, Sunfish are commonly raced with the yard much more vertical, so that shouldn't be a problem.
    Having the yard swaying out there away from the top of the mast doesn't seem like it will be very efficient, though.

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    Default Re: Sunfish Sail Rigged Malibu-Outrigger Style?

    It works.


    or....you can swing it all the way behind the mast like this.


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    Default Re: Sunfish Sail Rigged Malibu-Outrigger Style?

    Quote Originally Posted by DGentry View Post
    In light air, Sunfish are commonly raced with the yard much more vertical, so that shouldn't be a problem.
    Having the yard swaying out there away from the top of the mast doesn't seem like it will be very efficient, though.
    Hopefully it won't hang out quite that much bco a different way of hoisting the mast.

    Instead of the multiple pulleys on the Malibu Outrigger and a halyard that cleats to the base of the stubby mast; I'm planning on a single line from the vertical spar, straight through a sheave in the top of the stub mast, down to a pulley on the bow (so it looks like a forestay), and then back to a jam cleat somewhere near where the helmsman sits.

    Also hopefully... when approaching a low bridge, running with a tide, the helmsman can drop the sail by uncleating that line and sheeting in to keep the spars from dumping in the water - all without taking his hands off of the tiller (steering/sculling oar).
    Last edited by PeteCress; 10-22-2011 at 06:45 PM.

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    Default Re: Sunfish Sail Rigged Malibu-Outrigger Style?

    One possible problem I see is that you'll be putting more stress on your stubby mast at the point where you attach the lower end of your "gaff". I'm not certain this will be a real problem, but it might bear some looking into.
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