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    New Member, New Owner, New Project

    I'm not sure if it's a kosher method for many of the boaters here, but in that condition, I'd take a power-washer to the thing. You'll have it clean in 10 minutes! I bought one on sale 50% off at my local Meijer store, just an electric one, and have been really pleased with it. Good luck! Looks...
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    1950's Wood Sailfish restore...

    You know, it's been three years of misshaps and things going wrong with this restoration, but the end is in sight, so I feel good about it. I suppose the trials and tribulations make it all the more worth it in the end. Let the lakes warm up? Psh, I watch videos of those guys out on the east...
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    1950's Wood Sailfish restore...

    I really like the Interlux paints, and used it for the deck of my Super Porpoise sunfish clone. However, I made a mistake and accidentally spilled about 1/3 of the container on the concrete in front of my garage. Two powerwasher sessions, and a couple gallons of mineral spirits, bleach, etc. and...
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    vacation ideas (florida?)

    I'd highly recommend taking a trip down to the Cayman Islands. They are just a little bit south of Florida, so the flight is very quick and can usually be found cheaply. There are sailboat rentals galore, lots of shops (including one specializing in items from shipwrecks), submarine trips, and...
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    Super Porpoise Rudder Repair

    I have been working on restoring a Super Porpoise for almost three years now, and am getting exceptionally close to being finished. I just finished refinishing my deck, and have the bottom prepped for paint and just need to paint it. I've also restored some of the hardware, patched up my sail...
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    New Member, New Owner, New Project

    I am finishing my project this week on a Sunfish clone, a Super-Porpoise. I warn you, I bought this boat three years ago and am just finishing it now! Be more vigilant than I have been. As I wasn't planning on racing or doing anything than light sailing with my boat, I made the decision to...
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    Another hull repair question...

    Dan, don't worry, everything was patched and filled correctly with the right materials. I may be new to small boats, but have been sailing cruisers between 22 and 40 feet on a regular basis for a lifetime and know the importance of using correct materials! This is the first case, however, where...
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    Another hull repair question...

    In my continuing saga in the repair of my super porpoise, I wanted to get a couple things clear before moving on to my next step... I have sanded out all of the biffs/scratches on my hull, repaired some pitting with a marine epoxy, and fixed one more significant hole with a mix of fiberglass...
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    capsizing sunfish?

    The purpose of the exercise was to flip, not to remain stable. With several people on board, and just at rowing speeds and using the rudder, the boat operated perfectly fine. We'd row out to the lake, and then the kids would jump off. I'd pull on the stern and she'd flip. Going without the...
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    capsizing sunfish?

    I'm doing a lot of work teaching sailing at a summer camp, and capsize the boats on a regular basis. I'm new to small dinghys, having mostly sailed larger cruisers (22 to 37 feet), so it has certainly been an experience. On one occasion when there was no wind and we just wanted to swim, I took...
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    Inspection Port Locations for Super Porpoise

    Well, the cutting has begun! Hopefully these efforts will be useful to other SP owners, so I'll try to document as best as I can. I'll post pics later. The first port I cut was a 3.5" on the port side, directly behind and to the left of the cockpit. There are massive foam blocks in the...
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    Inspection Port Locations for Super Porpoise

    I have two 6" ports and two 3.5" ports that I would like to install on my SP. Yes, yes, I know it's a bit overkill, but I'm looking to make use of a lot of storage and also to do some extreme drying out of this old boat. I've been debating about locations to put them, since I haven't been able...
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    Help With Trailer for Super Porpoise

    I would love to cartop, but it seems to me like the Super Porpoise would be a bit much for my grand prix! (the boat is roughly the entire length of my car.) Not to stray too far off topic, but yes, I know what you mean about the condensation! This boat sat around for at least 3 years, so I'm...
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    Help With Trailer for Super Porpoise

    Earlier today I purchased a Super Porpoise without a trailer, and hence have been on the search for a trailer for it to pull behind my car. The boat's hull is in rough shape, so I have some time to search as I need to do some fiberglass repairs, and drying it out! (when I initially drained...
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    WTB: Used Sunfish

    I'm looking for a Sunfish in or around Kalamazoo/Grand Rapids, MI. I'm willing to travel, provided I can get enough information to make sure the trip is worth it! I'm a student, so budget-friendly boats are appreciated. I feel pretty confident about my sailing abilities, and my ability to give...
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