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    I have a soft spot.....

    The 6 pound density is super stiff, that is why it was used. You can get the same type of foam in lower density if desired. The total volume used for the top and bottom was maybe 20 or so ounces (volume measurement, not weight). The weight added was around 6 ounces (20 fluid ounces expanding to...
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    I have a soft spot.....

    Well, the hit was self induced. The blocks were always loose from the poor application of the original foam bonding glue not being aligned to the block properly. I was always planning on fixing the blocks but I broke the block while flexing it out of the way slightly to put backing washers for...
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    I have a soft spot.....

    Great stuff expanding foam is for your house. It is a one part foam that is neither structural or water resistant. I have used the total boat 2 part expanding foam to secure blocks. It works well and at 6 pound density is structural enough for the application. In the first photo you can see my...
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    Sunfish Mast Cleat (one more time)

    I have seen a few posts here on mast cleats and wanted share my thoughts and how I do mine. Materials: Aluminum or Nylon cleat, long grip aluminum rivets, spare sunfish mast or 2.25" tube, one tube slightly smaller in diameter 1.5" or so, and self adhesive sand paper. I like to use the 4 inch...
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    Looking for Phantom Sailboat

    The Fulcrum Speedworks (RI based manufacturer of the UFO foiler) is making a new boat called the Rocket. The Rocket is basically a revised Phantom. The underbody is from the same mold, but it sports a revised deck and is made of advanced materials keeping the weight light. Obviously more than...
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    Turtle Prevention

    I will attest to the quality of the dinghy bob from Areo South. I bought one for my father, we race regularly. It is well made and works. My 71 year old father capsized on Saturday during a race and the bob prevented a turtle. I feel that it's the tool for the job, I appreciate that it's...
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    Painting a Sunfish (using an automotive epoxy and urethane)

    shorefun is absolutely right about about the being concerned about isocyanate exposure. My intent was only to show an alternative low cost finish to Awlgrip and Awlcraft marine finishes, both of which I believe have the same isocyanate health risk concerns as the paint I used.
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    Painting a Sunfish (using an automotive epoxy and urethane)

    After many years of active racing and multiple gelcoat touchups including a fiberglass repair of the bow and the port chine I decided it was time to refinish my 1991 Pearson built sunfish (I know, not a great year but I've won many races on this boat and what can I say, it works). Putting...
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