196? Sunfish, bring it back to life!

Discussion in 'Sunfish Talk' started by Texsunfish, Feb 22, 2016.

  1. Texsunfish

    Texsunfish Member

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    Ah, I see what you're saying, good tip! I'm thinking it would be easier to just make a new dagger board? Maybe refurbish the original and see how it sails. I guess if it seems to be problematic I'll make a fresh one. My dad even has some leftover mahogany form when he restored his 420 a few years ago. I just hate losing original stuff. Shoot, I'd re-use the brass screws if they were in better shape!:D

    Reading through that thread now. Wow, what a project!
     
  2. wjejr

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    One of these: McMaster-Carr . I might have gone with the nylon tube, I can't remember. I will have a look and measure the outside dimension when I get home this weekend. The inside dimension is whatever the carriage bolt is, which I am almost certain is 1/4 ".
     
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  3. fhhuber

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    The tube is shown over the carriage bolt, but not labeled.

    No tube... or improper adjustment of the carriage bolt and you'll hope you have a string tied to the rudder and the back of the boat.
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  4. Texsunfish

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    Thanks! I'm thinking I have something around the house that will work. I have clear vinyl and also black rubber.

    I see now. I've looked at that diagram several times and never noticed the "Carriage Bolt Tube"!
    Does the length need to be exact, or just cover most of the bolt?
     
  5. fhhuber

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    Cover most of the bolt.

    I forgot what that tube was made of... only used the old style rudder about 6 or 8 times 30+ years ago.

    Definitely add a string to tie the pin to the boat...
     
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  6. Texsunfish

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    Got it, thanks!

    I found a new rudder hinge pin available online, but it doesn't have the chain. I think a trip to Home Depot is in order for a creative solution!
     
  7. Texsunfish

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    A few more quick questions. I noticed 5 holes around the rudder plate. I assume the single hole (circled in yellow) is for the rudder pin chain. But what are the four on either side of the plate (circled in red)? Is there something I'm missing? Or, was there some aftermarket item commonly installed there?

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  8. fhhuber

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    Actually can't remember well enough.

    Have to hunt some pics of the old version.
     
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  9. Texsunfish

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    Off hand, does anyone know the correct length of the rudder pin?
     
  10. oldpaint

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    Did you scrub the fiberglass around the bronze rudder plate extra hard? If not the picture suggests that an even older, slightly different rudder plate might have been there in the distant past. It served the same function but I believe it used more screws to hold it down. I think that accounts for the extra holes. The serial number was inscribed on the really old fitting. Perhaps someone with an early 1960's boat could comment.
     
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  11. fhhuber

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    Not seeing those holes on other boats of the same vintage. Probably had some user-installed fittings to hold the rudder for hands off sailing.

    Carriage bolt is 8 inches.
    The rudder pin is shorter, not sure how much Too long is better than not long enough.
     
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  12. Texsunfish

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    oldpaint, thanks! I have two small tacks aft the coaming where the original manufactures ID plate would have been, so I believe that is where the serial number would have been noted. My thoughts are that this is a 1965 based on the stripes and what I know from the original owners.

    fhuber, I measured the mount on the rudder plate when I got home this evening. The gap in the bracket is 1 and 3/4" and the outer measurement is 2". So a 1/4" diameter pin that is just over 2" should work fine. I'm going to make a Home Depot run tomorrow morning after I drop the boy off at school and finally put myself in the red on this old boat. :eek:

    Also this evening I gave some of the re-usable brass bits a good cleaning.

    Before, these were pretty nasty after sitting out the elements for who-knows-how-many years.

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    Submerged them in undiluted vinegar and salt (about a teaspoon) solution.

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    Let them soak for 1 hour. Then dumped the vinegar and let them soak for 15 minutes in hot soapy water. Followed by a good scrubbing with steel wool. Not perfect, but I'm happy with the results. Not sure if I should use some kind of coating or just leave them "raw"?

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    2 days until wooden parts refurb phase 1! :)
     

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  13. Texsunfish

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    Picked up some supplies!

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    Home Depot no longer carries door hinge pins!?!? So, what to do? I just decided to just buy a 3" hinge and pop the pin out.

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    Two holes drilled and a little keeper pin from Home Depot. I had the key ring in our "utility draw" in the kitchen

    5 bucks and it's done!

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    Now, I'm not sure how weather resistant it will prove to be, but it'll work for a while. I'll make a tether later. I did find that McMaster Carr has a perfect pin, tether and all for about $5, but shipping is the killer. Might order that later as you can get it in stainless.

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  14. fhhuber

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    That pin will do just fine.
     
  15. wjejr

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    Hello,

    Here is a picture of the daggerboard from my 71 Sunfish. You can see how I added pieces to get back to the original length as well as the leading and trailing edges. With the plate joiner, it was not that difficult to do.

    The green stripe you see, there are two others on the board that are out of the picture, lets me know how much board is protruding from the bottom of the boat.
     

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  16. fhhuber

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    Nice woodworking.

    Really not a whole lot of strength difference between the biscuit joiners and using dowels..

    You have to get the dowel holes in exactly the right place and the biscuits need to just be on the right line.

    So the biscuits tend to be a little quicker to do.
     
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  17. wjejr

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    The biscuits are way faster than dowels since once the depth is set, you just move from one piece of wood to another. With dowels, you need to set things up in the drill press or use a dowel guide. With a plate joiner there is no chance for the blade to wander.
     
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  18. wjejr

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    Hi, I just checked out and measured the carriage bolt tube. It looks to be nylon 1/2" OD , 1/4" ID. I am not sure what the length was originally, but the length of the piece I cut for my boat 5 1/4" .

    Hope that helps.
     
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  19. Texsunfish

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    Thanks wjejr! I found some fuel hose that is the perfect size. 5 1/4" seems to long, but I haven't assembled everything yet.

    So, I made some progress on the wood refurbishing this weekend with the help of my dad.

    Sprayed everything down with stripper. It worked pretty well. Saved me a lot of sanding time!

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    After soaking, scrapping and several hours of sanding I finally got all the varnish removed.

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    I decided to make two new dagger board handles. The existing one was pretty rough and had screws added to it at some point. The new ones don't match perfectly, but they'll do. And instead of using offset screws I think I'll use nuts and bolts to secure them to the board.

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    I decided to just trim the bottom of the dagger board. My dad scribed it and we just removed maybe a 1/4" then I reformed it with the random orbital sander.

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    Next we filled all the major cracks with 2 part epoxy and let it sit overnight.

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    While the epoxy was drying I straightened the rudder pin and my dad drilled out the broken cotter pin. You can see in previous posts how bent it was.

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    To fix the rudder mount that was damaged I decided to use an epoxy putty. Mixed the two parts together and really forced it into the rudder.

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    I let it cure for several hours. I maybe should have left it overnight, but it felt pretty solid and I was pretty excited to see how it would sand. Used a belt sander and random orbital to get it formed and ready to re-drill the hole.

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    I did let the epoxy sit overnight and this morning sanded it all down flush with the wood.

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    This spot below (on the edge of the rudder) was pretty bad. I was impressed how well the epoxy bonded and sanded back to make a pretty solid repair.

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    And here is the rubber fuel line I cut to fit the rudder pin.

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    I think I might order some spar varnish online. I did find some at a local hardware store in Elgin, but it says that it's not for use with things that will be in constant contact with the water. I may be overthinking it, but after doing all that repair and sanding I want to get something nice that will hold up for a while.

    Also if you notice in the group shot of all the sanded parts my dad and I decided to make a new tiller extension. The one I have looks to be pine or something. My dad didn't have a long enough piece of mahogany, but he did have some Hawaiian wood (I'll have to ask him to remind me what species) that looked nice and very similar to mahogany. Since it wasn't original we decide to get a little creative with it. Once I get it all varnished I'll do the big reveal! ;):)

    All in all I had a great time working with my dad and son! A little disappointed I didn't get to lay down some varnish, but that will come soon enough.

    Thanks again everyone for all the comments and advise!
     
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  20. wjejr

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    Looks great!

    You will want to put the tube on the carriage bolt that goes from the bottom skeg to the top bronze assembly on the deck of the boat, and not the pin where you have it pictured now. When you put it on the carriage bolt you will find that the carriage bolt cannot move side to side.
     

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