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    Repairing a crack in the mast step

    Thanks everyone for your options and opinions. I'm hoping to tackle this tomorrow. I have everything to do the repair using fiberglass from a previous project patching a pretty serious crack in the hull. I'll let you know how it went!
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    Repairing a crack in the mast step

    Yeah, a fix where I don't have to cut holes or remove anything is preferable. There's definitely some play in my mast step, so I think I could patch it from the inside. L&V, when you say cloth tape, do you mean fiberglass cloth? I haven't heard of that, bit then again, I'm still new to a lot of...
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    Repairing a crack in the mast step

    Hi all, Over the last year I've been fixing up the beautiful old sunfish that I bought(best guess I have is 1970 from the serial number 80853 and lack of an expanded cockpit). I just got around to doing a leak test and have determined the water I keep finding in the boat is coming from the mast...
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    Wood backing blocks for rudder plates stripped

    Thanks all! I put some Marine Tex in the holes and will see how that holds once I put the screws in. I think I will go with the bolts and nuts with a washer or backing plate too. Seems like a better long term fix. I do still have it in my head to one day do a full rudder conversion, but in...
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    Wood backing blocks for rudder plates stripped

    I'm finally getting around to installing a new spring plate and bottom plate on a 1969-70 sunfish that I bought this summer. I have all the parts, but the wood backing blocks are stripped to where I can't tighten a screw into them. I just opened a hole in the deck for an inspection port and it...
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    Crack on keel of '70 sunfish

    Hello all. I just bought a '70 sunfish off of craigslist. It has a crack in the hull, right on the keel,as well as another ding that goes down to the fiberglass. Having never done any boat repair, I'm wondering how I should address these two problems. I'd love any insight/wisdom from any of...
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    Mystery vertical plate on 1970 Sunfish.

    Looking at photos, I think you're right beldar! That makes sense since it looked so similar to a sunfish rudder. John, let me know when you've upgraded, I think I already spoke to you about the spring plate. Looks like I might take more pieces.
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    Mystery vertical plate on 1970 Sunfish.

    Hi all, I just joined the forum after purchasing a 69-70 sunfish off of Craigslist. I couldn't for the life of me figure out how my rudder attached to the hull of the boat until I finally looked closely at my hardware vs. the standard old style rudder hardware. The vertical plate is completely...
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    Wanted: Rudder/Tiller parts

    That'd be great. Thanks!
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    Wanted: Rudder/Tiller parts

    I just bought a Sunfish with the old style rudder and need a spring plate if you have one. Let me know, my email is paddywagon at gmail dot com.
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