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    Varnishing Observations

    I read mixed things about thinning. Figured it would not hurt. After working with the Helmsman spar urethane i do not see it as critical. I got a Purdy syntox brush but I do not like how it lays down the varnish. I have a used Amber Fong brush that does a nicer job. But it had some white paint...
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    Varnishing Observations

    I clamped the board and found that closed the crack. So I put in some thin epoxy I had and clamped it tight. I let it cure for a couple of days.
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    Varnishing Observations

    The first 3 coats were thinned out some. I thought about going further down on the grey, but honestly it was running real deep. Plus the wood had a lot of cracks including a crack that was about 8" long and 3/4 the way through the wood. This dagger board was more of a practice for me as it is...
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    Varnishing Observations

    Using the lower cost Urethane spar varnish recommended previously I have been coating a dagger board and 2 tillers. The dagger board was missing most of its varnish and the wood was grey. One tiller was mostly covered with varnish the other not so much. The dagger board is on its 4th coat and...
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    New style hull, The curved part at the point of the bow, how is that repaired?

    "Surface preparation for this repair is "made-for" that $9 Harbor Freight grinder " So I shouldn't use by Makita 4" grinder with the 80 grit flapper disk? I also have a Harbor Freight 4 1/2" grinder cause I needed that spindle for a type of paint remover. My Makita has got some hours on it...
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    New style hull, The curved part at the point of the bow, how is that repaired?

    Yes there is a small puncture hole where the rope stuck in the hole. That will get fixed.
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    New style hull, The curved part at the point of the bow, how is that repaired?

    So here are some pictures. On part of the options I have would be to use some body filler to make a mold from my 2006. One of my thoughts is that there are 2 layers that come together here. Would I need to build it in 2 layers. Make up the hull portion then put in a removable spacer and build...
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    New style hull, The curved part at the point of the bow, how is that repaired?

    On the new style hulls with the curved edge seam. The very front part I have noticed a portion of the curved area is broken off. Not past the bond, but missing no the less. Almost looks like a belt sander was taken to the front. So how would that area be repaired. Seems like a real night mare...
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    What is behind the screws for the rear loops?

    I appreciate the suggestions. Let me explain my thoughts/ experiences and what my preferred method will be. Done the dremel slot many times. Here it will create more damage on the glass then what I want. Plus if the stainless is that stuck in the aluminum plate it just will not work. Getting...
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    Before and After Pics

    An option would be to make a form out of body filler from a good bow. Just cover the area with saran wrap and fill it up. Let it get hard and pull it out. If yo do not have access to a good bow, the curve might be fine a bit back and then move the pieces forward and make a form of the two...
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    What is behind the screws for the rear loops?

    So my brother is a professional mechanic with some amazing skills. I have done some car restoration work. I am in the process of rebuilding a 1931 Model A Ford Cabriolet from basically junk. The skill level here and tools available are not normal. My brother had the eye for running a drill...
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    Moving on to other projects...

    The hull is from 1980. When I look up in the hull from an existing port cut the mast tube may be thin in places judging by the light coming through plus looking down the hole it seems abused. The hull looks like it is likely in better condition then some I have seen people have restored...
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    What is behind the screws for the rear loops?

    Me being the curious sort of person. I took my electrical meter out and found out the Al plate is just below the thin upper deck glass. I might enlist my brother to get this screw out. He is a mechanic by trade an after 50 years knows a thing or two about getting stuck screws out without...
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    What is behind the screws for the rear loops?

    I decided to mess with these eyelets that are on the back of the sunfish. The one screw head broke off. I got two others out fine. These are not wood screws but some sort of self tapping machine screw. This is a 1998 era Person built hull. I am making an assumption it is just going into thick...
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    Moving on to other projects...

    I was looking at that 'practice' hull that I was going to try and fix up for he yacht club. We had a bunch of rain and I had the hull deck side up and some how a bunch of water got inside. So I was going to open the side drain and that would not open. The hull has so many issues and it would...
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