Showing off my refinished 79 Sunfish

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  1. Brian Duchon

    Brian Duchon New Member

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    I spent the winter refinishing a 1979 Alcort Sunfish that I purchased for $250 back in 2000. The boat spent the last 4-5 years in storage. It needed a good cleaning, wood needed refinished and it needed some minor repairs. After lots of work and parts we have rechristened her the Miss Maddy in honor of my daughter.
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    Refinished 79 Sunfish, new Load Rite Trailer and Intensity Sail with window.
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    New adjustable gooseneck from Intensity Sails.
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    Garmin GPS and Cobra VHF marine radio mounted in the cockpit.
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    Refinished center board, new line and trigger clip.
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    New cleat on the mast for the halyard.
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    New bailer plug and O-ring. The rest of the bailer is original.
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    Night view of the front navigation lights, mast light and stern navigation light.
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    Sunfish deck cover from SLO Sails and Canvas in CA.
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    New rudder, refinished tiller and new extension and universal tiller joint from Ronstan. Also pictured is new bridle.
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    Bow navigation lights.
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    Mast light.
     

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  2. Brian Duchon

    Brian Duchon New Member

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    I also worked to make sure the boat was equipped with all the needed safety equipment including some equipment not required for my size/location. Safety equipment includes; safety whistle (3), flare gun, distress flag, first aide kit, GPS, VHF marine radio, anchor, bailer, extra line and clips, navigation lights and extra batteries and chargers.
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  3. Wavedancer

    Wavedancer Upside down? Staff Member

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    Those lights make your fish on of a kind, I guess. Are you really planning to go sailing at night?
     
  4. Brian Duchon

    Brian Duchon New Member

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    I can see spending a nice relaxing sunset on the lake where you would be coming in after dusk which is when you would be legally required to display the proper lights underway. Better safe than sorry!
     
  5. beldar boathead

    beldar boathead Well-Known Member

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    That boat sports many firsts. I hope you don't need some of them. But to round things out perhaps some sort of spear gun to ward off attackers and maybe a 3 hp electric motor!
     
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  6. Brian Duchon

    Brian Duchon New Member

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    I do have my leatherman knife that I could tether to the end of the tiller extension. That would take care of the pirates. I have seriously thought about a small electric motor. Just not sure what my mounting and battery storage options are.
     
  7. tag

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    Very well done, Brian - it looks great, and you seem to be very well prepared!
     
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  8. Brian Duchon

    Brian Duchon New Member

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    Thanks! Now just looking forward to warmer water and sunny weather here in NE Ohio!
     
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  9. Brian Duchon

    Brian Duchon New Member

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    I almost overlooked the Bluetooth speaker mounted in the cockpit. I pair it with my phone stored in the port hatch. IMG_20150505_175714.jpg It is made by Cobra and one of the only that I could find that is truly waterproof. Also great sound to match the rugged housing.
     
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    A waterproof speaker - that is a neat idea! I love your little eyestraps everywhere to attach things - very clever idea.
     
  11. andyatos

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    Brian,

    First, your boat looks excellent! Your daggerboard looks like it's made of carbon fiber! Very nice attention to detail. :)

    Second, because you had thought everything through so well and outfitted your boat so completely, it took me some time to come up with one more item that may be of use.

    That's a canoe paddle bungee-ed/lashed to the deck. For those rare but inevitable days (and maybe I should add "nights") when you get becalmed.

    Cheers,

    - Andy

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  12. Brian Duchon

    Brian Duchon New Member

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    Thanks! I had my first outing last weekend and I noticed that anything laying on the cockpit floor was in the way. I added the extra eye strap for the speaker to keep it up and out of the way. The added benefit is you don't have to worry about losing anything in a capsize.
     
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  13. Brian Duchon

    Brian Duchon New Member

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    Andy,

    Thanks for the compliments! It took quite a few coats of stain and poly to get the daggerboard back into shape. Good call on the paddle. I do have a folding Attwood Marine paddle that fits into the storage compartment under the deck. If you come up with any other ideas please send them along!
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    andyatos Active Member

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    Why did I just know that you already had this covered when I made my post. Ha! Well done.

    Please remember to post the video from when you sail back to port in the dark... from the drone that was doing the filming that had to auto return to the landing pad mounted on your bow... because you were busy making your Hot, Rum Toddys... from your portable bar. :cool:

    Cheers,

    - Andy
     
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  15. Brian Duchon

    Brian Duchon New Member

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    Now we are talking! I can fit a few cold beers in the cockpit cubby in a soft sided cooler. But your post has be thinking of maybe a tap on deck? :)
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  16. signal charlie

    signal charlie Active Member Staff Member

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    Wow that is one mac daddy boat! Great job on the restoration. Now you need another boat for racing!
     
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    Brian Duchon New Member

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    Thanks! I would love to get started on another restoration. I actually thought about looking for an old Sail Fish board to restore. That said I value my life more, my wife would kill me if I bring home another watercraft.
     
  18. signal charlie

    signal charlie Active Member Staff Member

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    That trailer looks like you could double stack it, maybe the Commodore would like a kayak or canoe?

    http://smallboatrestoration.blogspot.com/2013/06/sunfish-double-trailer.html

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    Seriously, I think the Super Sailfish or Super Sailfish MKII could make a comeback as a hybrid Stand Up Paddlefish or fishing kayak. Although the hull is heavier than standard SUPs, weighing in close to 100 pounds, it is very stable and and holds guys who weigh more than 130 pounds. On the flip side it is very light for a sailboat and makes for a sporty wet ride. I paddles well with a SUP paddle because of the small keel. You can take it out with the mast up or mast down.

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  19. signal charlie

    signal charlie Active Member Staff Member

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    The clips made me think of a chatelaine (a decorative belt hook or clasp worn at the waist with a series of chains suspended from it. Each chain is mounted with a useful household appendage such as scissors, thimble, watch, key, vinaigrette, household seal, etc.)

    What else do we need in our Sunfish?
    Tabasco
    Spoon
    Sponge

    The Skipper wants:
    Cannon
     
  20. gdavies

    gdavies New Member

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    I just got one of these for christmas and have not tried it out yet. Looks like it will solve the problem of steering with the tiller while paddling. Also less bulky nas light weight. I have been using the atwood collapsable paddle and it is just a bit too long for the cubby. I also use a "fat bag" in an inspection port for out of cockpit storage.
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    Glenn
    Where do you sail? I will be In Cleveland area this summer for a couple of weeks. Always looking for a new experience.
    Glenn
     

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