New Sailor, Old Sunfish

Discussion in 'Sunfish Talk' started by JDRhodes, Apr 2, 2017.

  1. JDRhodes

    JDRhodes New Member

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    I'm new to sailing and bought a 1972 Sunfish to learn on. I would appreciate advise on the plug at the bottom (its only a hole now) and recommended videos and resources of sailing, maintenance and repair. I'm looking forward to this new adventure.

    Jeff

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  2. Light and Variable Winds

    Light and Variable Winds Well-Known Member

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    From where I'm sitting, it looks like a good find. :)

    If you're lucky, that "hole" measures 1¼" in circumference. (Which means you won't have to remove the old and degraded metal- or plastic- "bailer" parts).

    If you want to go sailing tomorrow, go to NAPA, and buy a $4.50 expandable "freeze plug". Install with the big washer inside the cockpit. Picture:
    Look at this Bailer! Weird! | SailingForums.com

    Given adequate time, there are two other choices:

    1) Go to a forum online advertiser, and buy a replacement "plastic bailer". Starting with a fresh bailer, you'll need every piece (~$45), so I wouldn't try to economize with fewer/degraded parts.

    I think the big rubber O-ring that the instructions tell you to install outside/underneath functions as a shock absorber, so keeping it installed reduces the chances of experiencing a bailer fracture and eventual disintegration :confused:

    2) If at all "handy" with hand tools—locate, retrofit, and install the old-style DePersia metal bailer.
    Restoring Metal DePersia Bailer with Plastic Bailer Parts | SailingForums.com

    "Rigging" is especially important. Strongly emphasized with an arrow (below)—as it took me two years to discover it :oops: start here:

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  3. tag

    tag my2fish

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  4. JDRhodes

    JDRhodes New Member

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    Thank you very much
     

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