MF14 - Minnesota

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walkabout_slp
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Re: MF14 - Minnesota

Post by walkabout_slp » Mon Aug 13, 2018 11:41 am

While I was at the lake and NOT working on the boat, I did manage to put the boat lift in the water.

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This a PWC lift that I used for a prior sailboat (Chrysler Mutineer) and my small fishing boat (14' Alumacraft)

Does anyone have suggestions for covers?
I have looked at a bunch of Sunfish covers, but I don't think they will work as the Moonfish is 5" longer than the sunfish and I am reluctant to buy one only to have to return it.
I could go without a cover and just bail the water in the cockpit each week. Or I could install a auto bailer in the bottom of the cockpit
Or I could fabricate a tarp to cover the cockpit.
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Re: MF14 - Minnesota

Post by fallguy1000 » Tue Aug 14, 2018 7:28 pm

Cockpit tarp.
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Re: MF14 - Minnesota

Post by walkabout_slp » Mon Aug 20, 2018 10:34 am

Worked on mounting the rudder etc.

Tiller:
44" white oak, 1 3/4" on rudder end, 1" on cockpit end, 3/4" thick. Tiller does not go all the way to the cockpit.
I driller and attached the tiller on the rudder end first. Then figured out how far above the deck I wanted the tiller to be. Then drilled the other tiller bolt. My tiller is about 3" above the deck. This is to hopefully prevent the tiller rubbing on the deck when under pressure.

Tiller extension:
36" long, 3/4" x 3/4".
Attached to the tiller using a SS universal joint (Racelite Tiller Extension Swivel )
I researched what lengths other sailors suggested and too advice to go long, knowing that I can easily shorten it later.
I will be adding a clip to hold the extension on the tiller when not in use.
Old style sunfish tillers just had a through bolt. Many people convert these to use newer style battle stick etc with a universal joint. I chose to make my own.

I hope to attach all the hardware/trim/etc by the end of the week and maybe launch this weekend.
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Re: MF14 - Minnesota

Post by fallguy1000 » Mon Aug 20, 2018 10:46 am

Super!
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Re: MF14 - Minnesota

Post by Jeff » Mon Aug 20, 2018 12:23 pm

Nice work walkabout_slp!!! Jeff

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Re: MF14 - Minnesota

Post by Chenier » Mon Aug 20, 2018 5:59 pm

Excellent progress - congratulations!

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Re: MF14 - Minnesota

Post by walkabout_slp » Sat Aug 25, 2018 9:55 pm

Got her on the water, but could not sail her as there was no wind this evening.
I towed her over from the boat landing as we have a steep shoreline and steps.
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If the weather permits I will be sailing sunday.
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Re: MF14 - Minnesota

Post by fallguy1000 » Sun Aug 26, 2018 12:04 am

Super. Best of luck.
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Re: MF14 - Minnesota

Post by Jeff » Sun Aug 26, 2018 7:25 am

Good luck with the wind on Sunday walkabout!!!! She does look nice on the lift!!! Jeff

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Re: MF14 - Minnesota

Post by walkabout_slp » Sun Aug 26, 2018 6:03 pm

Went sailing for a few hours today. Wind was barely blowing, but my boys and I did manage to take our maiden voyages.
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I will me shortening the tiller about 6 inches though as I could not swing it fully when sitting at the back of the cockpit.

She sailed well with me and a single kid at the time. Might be ok with 3 in the boat, but did not want to chance it to start.
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