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learned long ago on a Sunfish... bought a vintage Sidewinder

memory is pretty rusty, but have been wanting a small sailboat for a while now, almost bought a small cat last year, but the Sidewinder must have been meant to be...

seems I can start with that with just the main sail, & then add the jib later & reposition the keel ( it has 2 positions ) I'm just trying to rig it up right now, & make sure that when I go out, that I can get back ( without a submarine for recovery )

any recommendations for newbie books ??? how tough is it to learn to switch from just a main sail, to sailing with a Jib ???

we have a large ( not great lakes large ) but big for around here, shallow lake only a few miles from home, so I'm hoping to go out a couple times by myself ( wife doesn't swim, & finds getting dumped into the lake, too much excitement ) until I get my sea legs back, & can keep her high & reasonably dry... but should be something we can do regularly ???

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Re: learned long ago on a Sunfish... bought a vintage Sidewinder

By "small cat", do you mean catamaran or cat boat?

For basics:
http://www.amazon.com/Sailing-For-Dummies-J-Isler/dp/0471791431/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1370527943&sr=8-1&keywords=sailing+for+dummies
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http://www.amazon.com/Annapolis-Book-Seamanship-Fourth/dp/1451650191/ref=sr_1_2?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1370527973&sr=1-2&keywords=annapolis+seamanship
Sailing with both main and jib isn't a big deal. Yes, you can start with one or the other, but you'll get better balance if you fly them both. Where are you located? Do you have any friends who know how to sail?

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Re: learned long ago on a Sunfish... bought a vintage Sidewinder

Aha! Now I see, you bought one of these:
Sidewinder 16 sailboat for sale

Not a cat (boat or 'maran). On a boat that size, flying both sails should be a piece of cake after about your 3rd time out.

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Re: learned long ago on a Sunfish... bought a vintage Sidewinder

yes... that's my new ( old ) boat... mines red... seen the sailing for dummys on Amazon, but haven't bought anything yet...

I enjoy designing & fabricating, so right now, I'm just trying to put everything together ( of coarse with no instructions ) though I did print the rigging instructions I found on line today, to check my understanding of how everything should work...

my boat has a 2 piece mast, & oh my is it tall ( 16 ft ??? )... I started setting it up, on the farm, & noticed I was closer to my power lines than I wanted to be

BTW, got a decent trailer, & paid about 1/2 the price of that one listed, so I think I got a good price, & it's in over all good shape... just need to try to figure out how to replace some of the deteriorated plastic parts...

once out on the lake, was thinking about a trolling motor, in case tacking doesn't go so well, & I end up 5 miles on the other side of the lake ( thank goodness for cell phones )

BTW...the one I looked at last year, was a small catamaran... this is bigger, but still small enough to be easy to use...I hope

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Re: learned long ago on a Sunfish... bought a vintage Sidewinder

A trolling motor is an option, but you'll need a battery. And a way to keep that charged (either a solar panel, which makes your boat, battery, etc. attractive to thieves or lugging the battery back and forth). On a boat that size, an oar/paddle or two should be all you really need.

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Re: learned long ago on a Sunfish... bought a vintage Sidewinder

in reality... a canoe paddle is probably what I'll start with... thanks for the info...

is there a source for the plastic parts I need, or am I likely to be fabbing them from aluminum ??? in particular, the screw in caps that cover the holes the rigging stores into... the caps aren't too bad, but the plastic housings ( riveted to the fiberglass ) that the caps screw into, are pretty crumbly...

I don't want to lay it over on my 1st trip out, & take on so much water, that I need that submarine
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I'm not sure which plastic parts you mean. Do you have any pictures?

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Re: learned long ago on a Sunfish... bought a vintage Sidewinder

here are some replacement access ports
http://www.apsltd.com/c-4513-inspectionports.aspx

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Re: learned long ago on a Sunfish... bought a vintage Sidewinder

the biggest issue, is the 2 ports in the front ( there is also one in the rear )

tried to post a pic, & a link to photo bucket, but I don't have enough posts yet...
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Re: learned long ago on a Sunfish... bought a vintage Sidewinder

OVERBORED... thanks for the link... I'm not sure of the size ( maybe 6" ??? ) but that's just what I was looking for... thanks
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