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    3D printing parts

    RE: coamings-- I would just cut the coaming in half at the "V", nest the two pieces side by side as well as possible, and mail. At the destination tape the two pieces to the deck in the proper orientation, glass the seam at the V, rattle can with your choice of color, and install w/ pop rivets...
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    Old Trailers with Old Boats

    Tee-Nee Trailer Company 215 E. Indianola Ave Youngstown, OH TeeNee was selling (mostly) boat trailers into the 1980's (there was a small mention of the TeeNee "Room Mate" utility trailer in the Sept 1983 issue of Popular Science magazine). I think they were gone by the late 1980s. TeeNees and...
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    Old Trailers with Old Boats

    An old TeeNee trailer with coil springs & Panhard rod suspension is one of the best rigs for a small boat like a Sunfish--very soft ride.
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    Spindle on Trailex SUT-200-S trailer axle?

    Glad the fix was (relatively) painless!
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    Spindle on Trailex SUT-200-S trailer axle?

    Very useful Charles... thanks! So the Trailex SUT-200-S spindle is just inserted into an aluminum axle tube and through-bolted, and the axle is then bolted up to two rubber suspension blocks under an aluminum extrusion cross beam. A very common small spindle is a 1" BT8 1.25X4, like this...
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    Spindle on Trailex SUT-200-S trailer axle?

    I've seen a few Trailex trailers, but have never inspected one closely. I assume the SUT-200-S has an aluminum axle: spindles could be bolted on (likely), or even pressed into a round aluminum axle tube (unlikely). It's *possible* to "weld" steel to aluminum, but this is difficult and verges on...
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    Spindle on Trailex SUT-200-S trailer axle?

    Stub spindles for small lightweight trailers are available in a variety of sizes. Basically, • find a spindle that fits your present trailer hubs/bearings/wheels (if you want to keep the present running gear) • drop the axle & unbolt (or cut off if not bolted on) the present spindles • bolt up...
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    Splitting the deck on a newer hull

    Expanded polystyrene foam ("bead board") is friable and structurally quite weak. It dents and compresses fairly easily. Squeeze the old foam you removed with your thumb and compare it with the new foam. Moot point now... good luck!
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    Splitting the deck on a newer hull

    From the grain in the blocks I think what you're using is expanded polystyrene foam (EPS - "bead board"). EPS readily absorbs water. What you want as structural flotation is extruded polystyrene foam (XPS).
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    The Phantom sailboat is back!

    I agree with L&VW. From the pics you posted this is not terminal damage. Over the years we've repaired whitewater 'glass canoes & kayaks broken in half, lengthened a 'glass guideboat by inserting a 2' section, done tons of fiberglass puncture & tear repairs, etc etc. If it's made of fiberglass...
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    Sunfish transportation tips and advice.

    Obviously re-axled. I'd like the axle to be moved more symmetrically under the trailer (plus add fenders as Beldar notes). I would check axle alignment ( to be sure the trailer tracks straight). I'd also double check axle mountings to the frame, plus (of course) check the bearings for noise and...
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    Sunfish spar specs

    See: Sunfish Spars & Components Material: 6061-T6 Aluminum Alloy Mast: Finish: Clear Anodized Length: 10' (3.05 m) OD: 2-1/4" (57.15 mm) Wall Thickness: .083" (2.11 mm) Spars: Finish: Clear Anodized Length: 13' 8" (4.17 m) OD 1-1/2" (38.1 mm) Wall Thickness: .065" (1.65 mm)
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    Rudder Pivot Point “improvement”

    No need to chase tubing or bushings. Drill an oversize hole, fill with thickened epoxy, redrill for rudder bolt.
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    Anyone use these on a Sunfish

    Boy, I think I'd just stick with your current expando plug in the DePersia. The Elvstrom needs a fair-sized hole in a pretty flat part of the hull that's also out of the way, but still convenient to reach--bit of a PITA all the way around in the small Sunfish cockpit. If used a lot the gaskets...
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    Anyone use these on a Sunfish

    Elvstrom-style bailers work pretty well (better, I think, then the plastic Sunfish bailers), but can be a pain to step on with bare feet. If the boat is slid over beach/grass/dock/trailer bunk/whatever they're prone to damage if not securely closed.
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