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    Latest Pick pre-‘71 Fish

    It does still have the aluminum plate, I can barely read it, but it says “AMF ALCORT WATERBURY, CONN U.S.A. CER. NO. 71034, which dates this boat to 1970.
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    Latest Pick pre-‘71 Fish

    Signal Charlie, I thought of you when I saw the picture advertising this Sunfish and trailer near me for $250. It’s pre-‘71- no cockpit cubby, but hanging from its keeper chain was the original brass rudder pin. Just hanging there! It even has the plastic tube covering the carriage bolt. I...
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    oh gosh...

    Gotta grab those bargains when they come up, even if you’ve already got a few boats! Any pics to share?
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    Sunfish identification number

    Bronze rudder- ‘71, aluminum rudder- ‘72 (thanks, BB) No, don’t add an inspection port unless you need it, but you won’t know if you need it until you do a leak test or if you see obvious repairs that would require access to the hull interior. Eventually you may want to upgrade to the new...
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    Sunfish identification number

    Well, the good news is it looks like you DO have a storage compartment- unless that’s just a shadow I’m seeing. The rear of the cockpit will hold a small cooler. Are you thinking of an inspection port with a storage bag? That is something else entirely- Also looks like some damage to the...
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    The Importance of a Leak Test

    I’m more familiar with Sunfish, but the design is the same. It’s not an uncommon area for leaks, unfortunately. The fix isn’t too involved, but hopefully your leak test will show that you don’t need to remove the trim. Use the drain on the starboard side and keep the air flow ‘loose’ while...
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    Sunfish identification number

    except that you said it had no storage compartment, which I’m pretty sure started in ‘71...
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    Sunfish identification number

    Sounds like it’s a ‘72!
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    Sunfish identification number

    It’s definitely pre- ‘72. Single stripe on fore deck is another sign. Stripe was added to rear deck in ‘73.
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    Sunfish identification number

    The storage compartment started in 1971, so you are earlier than that- before Hull ID # was required. You have the ‘old style’ rudder. The aluminum plate that would have confirmed the year was once on the deck, just aft of the splash guard/coaming. Any stripe- one or two- on the deck? Does...
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    The Importance of a Leak Test

    The Importance of a Leak Test This Scorpion (Sunfish clone) looks great and shows no evidence of damage, but after a leak test (I used an air compressor designed for blowing up an inflatable mattress) I found six areas- all under the aluminum trim- that were bubblin’ away. I guess the good news...
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    1982 Red, White & Blue Sunfish w/Trailer - Great Shape - Ready to Sail - Accessories

    Yes, nice looking boat. What is your asking price? Do you have registration papers for the trailer? Thanks
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    1979 Sunfish restoration

    Acetone is right for your application, just be careful with it. Be sure to wear gloves and use as little as you can get away with. Cap it when not using it. It dries very quickly, but don’t leave a wet rag on the hull- it will eat through your gel coat over time. Flexpoxy is great stuff. I...
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    Mast tube repair

    I would try to pinpoint the leak a bit more. If you fill the mast tube half way does it drain right into the hull? Or does it hold water? Maybe it only leaks when you fill it all the way? Since you've already got good access to the interior I'd AVOID adding any more resin/mix to the mast...
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    Need help with serial number...

    You’re right, that drain is toast! You can find an original replacement on eBay or post in the wanted section on this forum. Do save those pins, though, often the replacements don’t have them.
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