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How to Rig a Sunfish Sailboat

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Ben Zhang

on 31 October 2012

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How to Rig a Sunfish Sailboat Alex Walker
Ben Zhang Sunfish Sailboat Small Single Operator Sailboat
Used as a training boat
Lateen Sail
Fiberglass boat Knots Figure Eight (Stopper) Cleat Hitch Must know Three Simple Knots
Figure Eight (Stopper)
Cleat Hitch Bowline Knot Used to secure rope around object with quick knot 0. Hold longer part of rope in
one hand and the other end
(the bite) in the other hand
1. Cross bite over rope,
making a loop
2. Bring bite back up the loop,
while leaving another loop
3. Cross the bite around longer
4. Pull the bite through the
first loop and tighten Used to tie off end of rope so it will not feed through a pulley 1. Hold longer part of rope in one hand
and the bite with the other
2. Cross bite over length of rope,
similar to overhand knot
3. Option 1: Wrap bite around length
of rope (as shown)
Option 2: Twist loop to create
another loop
4. Bring bite through the loop to
tighten Used both to secure sail on boat and tie boat to pier 1. One end of rope will be attached to another object (load bearing end, i.e. sail,
2. Wrap bite around neck of cleat so that load bearing end (LBE) is tight and
rope wraps at least 50% of cleat
3. Make an "X" on cleat by crossing rope over the cleat around other
side and back across the cleat and rope
4. Loop rope around other arm of cleat so that the bite
is held in place by rope that crosses the cleat Parts of a Sailboat Sail Hull Rudder Sail Hull Rudder Three main parts:
1. Sail
2. Hull
3. Rudder The sail consists of the sail itself, mast,booms, halyard and main sheet Sail: Lateen used to catch wind and propel
Mast: Vertical metal pole supporting sail
Boom: Metal poles that provide shape and
direction of the sail
Halyard: Rope used to hoist and secure
Main Sheet: Rope that controls angle of
Boom Blocks: Pulleys on boom that feed
main sheet Hull provides floatation for vessel and platform for sail and rudder to attach Cockpit: Portion of hull that sailor sits in

Coaming: Shielding device in front of cockpit to
prevent flooding

Dagger Board: Wooden stabilizer on the bottom of
the boat for additional control

Mast Tube: Housing for mast in the hull

Daggerboard Trunk: Housing for daggerboard The Rudder Main maneuvering mechanism. Consists of rudder, tiller, and tiller extension Rudder: Spring device used to steer and allowing pivot

Tiller: Device that controls direction of
the boat

Tiller Extension: Extends length of tiller for convenience Rigging 1. Align boat so the boat faces wind

2. Attach rudder and tiller to stern of the boat by pushing up on the pin until it is in the correct slot

3. Place daggerboard on hull
Do NOT put daggerboard in the trunk as it will scrape the bottom in shallow water

4. Place sail and booms on the hull so that the top of the boom faces the stern Rigging Rigging 1 2 3 Rigging 5. Align the gooseneck with the mast hole

6. Tie main sheet to traveler line using a bowline on the main sheet

7. Feed the main sheet through boom blocks and tie the end off with a figure eight knot

8.Tie a bowline around rope attached to the
daggerboard and place bowline over the
mast tube 9. Run halyard through hole in the top of the mast
Do NOT feed it all the way through

10. Run the mast through the gooseneck and bowline from the daggerboard without letting go of the halyard. Seat the mast in the mast tube

11. Hoist sail by pulling the halyard until the vertical boom is tight against the mast

12. Tie off halyard on the cleat using a cleat hitch
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