Recent content by DanielF

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    How's this for a DIY wind indicator?

    Five minutes of work. I used a zinc wire, brass tubing, two model airplane wheel bushings, a piece of plastic 4.5" in length and cut from a greenhouse garden pot, and some tape. I'm hoping it'll work. The intention is to mount it with velcro and a PVC fitting cut in half lengthwise - might put...
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    Making new daggerboard from scratch?

    Hmm...would common plywood delaminate even if thoroughly protected / sealed?
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    Making new daggerboard from scratch?

    Fantastic! Thank you both! I will see about acquiring a piece of mahogany. Once it's shaped, I would simply need to coat it with a marine finish or paint, correct, i.e. no glassing?
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    Making new daggerboard from scratch?

    What would be the feasibility of making a new daggerboard from scratch? I have a little experience making wooden airplane propellors and as such am very familiar with the concept of forming an airfoil. I want to do this to revive my current daggerboard, put a hole in it for the bungee, coat it...
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    Need some help deciding what / how to repair (deck separation, spider cracks, overweight, gelcoat..)

    Okay, so moving on, if I go the route of spending $75+ to properly repair this, should I do a simple layup over the top, or should I make a mold, cut it out, attach mold and do a layup over that like Doug did?
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    Need some help deciding what / how to repair (deck separation, spider cracks, overweight, gelcoat..)

    Thanks for the help thus far! Just a bit frustrating that it's a bad hull, but I can live with the expense of repairing it. Is there any way to do a super cheap cover up repair or patch while I look for a second hull? I'm sure I can find one for $50, if not free, if I wait around a few weeks...
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    Need some help deciding what / how to repair (deck separation, spider cracks, overweight, gelcoat..)

    Here are some additional photos, including one of the keel (photo with thumb):
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    Need some help deciding what / how to repair (deck separation, spider cracks, overweight, gelcoat..)

    Fantastic video! I also read through the thread - this is extremely expensive. Granted, I am not needing to make a repair quite that major, but I think we can both agree the aft port damage is close enough. Can anyone tell me whether I will need to go as far as cutting it out and redoing it as...
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    Need some help deciding what / how to repair (deck separation, spider cracks, overweight, gelcoat..)

    No worries, it's still better than a water logged boat. So this mat fiberglass, is that kind of like this? Is polyester resin expensive? I'm still hoping I don't have to put as much as fifty bucks into this thing (I'm a college student). Interesting. I thought the fiberglass alone was...
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    Need some help deciding what / how to repair (deck separation, spider cracks, overweight, gelcoat..)

    I posted this in the Yahoo group as well, but I might as well give it a go here since nobody seems to be helping over there... So after spending two hours sailing the first week and another twelve the second (last week), it is time to rid my boat of its leaks and over-poundage. At 155+ lbs, the...
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    New to sailing - Sunfish as first boat to learn on? (and other questions...)

    Weighed the hull - 155 lbs. Next up is a six inch inspection port to be installed right behind the splash guard. Until that arrives I have the tiny drain plug sitting open and the boat sitting in the hot sun. Should the hull be upside down or otherwise for this? Oh and there are ten straps on...
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    New to sailing - Sunfish as first boat to learn on? (and other questions...)

    I'm hooked. Two hour sail this evening on a small local lake. Only two or three knots of wind, and sporadic at that, but the boat was bookin' it when the wind picked up. Unfortunately after going around the mile long lake a couple times, the wind decided to quit. This was about ten minutes after...
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    New to sailing - Sunfish as first boat to learn on? (and other questions...)

    Thad, I'm actually going to pick the hull up in two or three hours here. I just went to pick up four additional nylon straps and 25' of nylon cord (10' 1/4" & 15' 3/8"). I figure this will do it. Other than that I picked up the rudder and daggerboard on Saturday and the mast and sail yesterday.
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    New to sailing - Sunfish as first boat to learn on? (and other questions...)

    Also my hull ID is AMF45238N76K for those who may be wondering.
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    New to sailing - Sunfish as first boat to learn on? (and other questions...)

    Thad, I ended up trying a 17' canoe this afternoon to learn how to tie such a thing down. All I have to say is that it worked and was extremely solid. Hopefully the Sunfish isn't too difficult to mount so I can at least get it home.
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