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    Securing the rudder?

    Do I need to secure the rudder with some sort of short tether in case it becomes detached from the gudgeon? I am pretty certain I am being paranoid but I thought I would ask. JV
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    Boat Pics (No name yet)

    My first Sunfish project. Mostly new hardware, sheeting and paint. Crafted new rudder and daggerboard from 3/4 mahogany. I have never sailed a sunfish yet but have sailed a Cyclone. Hope it is not much harder. Thankyou for your many helpful replies to my questions. JV
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    Quick question

    Thanks to both of you. I wouldn't have worried about it so much but they have different whole spacings. I didn't want to put any unnecessary holes in this boat.. JV
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    Quick question

    The sunfish that I'm refurbishing didn't have a proper eye strap for the ratchet block so I'm installing one. What is the difference between the two eye straps in the photo. Which one would be better to use for the ratchet block? Regards JVS
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    Painting the Stripes this weekend - Roll and tip or Spray?

    Thank you all for the tips and guidance. JV
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    Painting the Stripes this weekend - Roll and tip or Spray?

    I am going to mask and paint a blue strip down the center this weekend. The underlying coats are semigloss White. Rustoleum's spray paints have quite a few more choices of blues than their Marine Topside paint which only has "Navy blue". Am I better off sticking to the marine paint or have...
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    Help me get that super smooth finish

    Perfect weather for painting this week. Mid 70's with a light breeze and only 50% humidity. I am using Rustoleum Topside white semigloss on the top and bottom. I primed it with the Rustoleum marine primer last fall. Please take a look at my photo of the finish I am getting and tell me if this a...
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    Plastic Washers for the rudder Alternate source???

    I used to cut similar washers out of those cheap thin cutting boards but recently they've been manufacturing them with sticky undersides so they don't slide off the counters. I just saw that they make cheap school binders out of the same material. It's a little thicker than milk carton is.
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    Too Much Time Between Coats?

    I called Rust-Oleum for some clarification. They basically agreed with Shorefun regarding timing between coats. 7 to 10 days for recoat without sanding. There was no limit between coats if you're willing to sand the surface coat. I think I will have to put the boat in storage till spring. I am...
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    Too Much Time Between Coats?

    The directions (Rustoleum Marine Primer / Topside Paint) is clear regarding the minimum time between recoats. My question is, "May I wait a prolonged time between recoats as long as I prep the surface properly?" My work schedule and the amount of daylight are making it difficult to put on a...
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    Primer Coat , Should I thin?

    Sorry I see that I didn't read the instructions closely enough. Apparently I can then up to 5% with mineral spirits. JV
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    Primer Coat , Should I thin?

    I am using Rustoleum's Marine primer and I am having trouble getting a smooth coat. We are using a foam roller and trying to smooth out the edges with a brush. I live in California and it is 80° today. The primer is drying so fast it's been very difficult getting anything resembling a smooth...
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    Trailer bunks?

    I think the trex boards would be perfect but I could not find an easy way to heat it up evenly to bend it to the right curve. JV
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    Epoxy problems

    Yep, That looks like what I did wrong. I had no idea that I couldn't sand it off. I won't make that mistake again. It didn't have much blush on it but I guess it was just enough to cause the refusal of certain areas. Thank you all for your help.
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    Epoxy problems

    Can anybody tell me what might be happening here? I am brushing on two part total boat marina epoxy on a newly built daggerboard. Between coats I have been sanding with 120 grit to bring down any high spots and then wiping it down with acetone. On subsequent coats the epoxy doesn't seem to...
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