A Beginner’s Guide To Rig Sunfish Sailboat


If you are a boat lover trying to learn more about the specifications, assemble, design, etc., of various boats, here is a comprehensive evaluation of Sunfish. Sunfish sailboat has maintained its value because of exceptional construction, a trustworthy reputation, and a loyal owner base. Continue reading to learn more about Sunfish sailboat rigging.

A Beginner’s Guide to Rig a Sunfish Sailboat

  • Get your necessary building gear, such as a sail, a daggerboard, and a rudder.
  • Untie the two lines tangled around the sail by finding their ends, releasing them, and then pulling on them. The sail’s entire line should detach from it.
  • Use a dolly to lower a boat into the water. You will need two persons to lift the sailboat down to the trolley if it is on the rack. Additionally, remove a mast from the rack storage tubes. Set the bow in the wind as soon as the boat is in the water.
  • Gently attach the sails to the PORT (left) side of the boat, with the boom laying flat on the water. Place the brass goose-neck ring directly over the sailboat’s mast hole. In the cockpit, place the tiller and daggerboard.

  • Assess the sail rigging placements. For pleasant sailing in mild winds, the goose-neck should be 17″ from the tack, and the halyard knot should be 94″. In strong winds, use 100″/19″. Although the boom will be fairly close to the deck, many Sunfish riders rig around 106″/15″.
  • Feed a length of halyard through eye “A” at the top of the mast. It would help if you cleared the bottom of the mast of any sand before being inserted through the ring and into the mast hole. Revolve the mast such that the halyard emerges from eye “A” in the direction of the boat’s starboard side.

  • Secure the main sheet to the harness by tying a bowline knot on its end, allowing the loop to move freely along the harness at the back of the boat. As illustrated in figure above, make sure the main sheet passes through the two boom blocks (pulleys) before passing through the mainsheet block “F.” Then, tie a knot at the end of the primary sheet “G”.
  • At the back of the boat, slide the tiller (H) and the tiller extension (I) UNDER the bridle (J).
  • Slide the pintle into the two ports on the receiving bracket (also known as the “gudgeon”) by pushing the rounded end. Note that some pintles press “up” while others push “down.” Loosen the spring pin and make sure it’s deeply engaged to prevent the spring pin from coming out while you are sailing.

  • PFDs are required for everyone. Make sure your Sunfish sailboat has a sponge and bailer as well.
  • Lower the boom/goose-neck while pulling up on the halyard at position “B” (figure 3). Pull steadily till the upper halyard knot reaches the mast’s peak. Pass the halyard’s end through the block “C” (or fairlead) near the mast’s base while drawing down on the halyard, and then fasten it to the cleat “D” using a cleat hitch. The remaining halyard should be wound into a coil and tucked under the halyard from “C” to “D”. Verify that each sail clip is connected to the next.


Finally, once the Sunfish sailboat is rigged, propel the boat toward the centre of the lake and swiftly board. Pull the tiller in the direction of the boat’s back to lower the rudder. Insert the daggerboard completely once you are at least three boat lengths from land. Place the elastic cord’s loop over the forward-facing cleat horn. Face the sail as you sit on the side of the cockpit. Have a wonderful time!