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    Tips for re-doing bottom of sunfish?

    Re: Tips for re-doing bottom of sunfish? 1 season followup RE: Behr garage floor epoxy.....I just brought the Sunfish home after mooring for two months in fresh water; half dozen "loads/launches" in the back of a pickup, BTW; winter storage outside with no cover; bottom up. No blisters, peels...
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    Tips for re-doing bottom of sunfish?

    It got cold and I don't sail cold anymore! ......use to take pride in being first one out in the Spring...weaving Sunfish through the floating ice! 30 years ago I did a bottom with "porch floor paint", sailed it for 10 years and gave it to my son who took it to the Bruce Penninsula and sailed it...
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    old sails?

    I think what happens is that folks put em in the washing machine or scrub em up and that goes along way toward "wear". I'm not sure of the best way to clean them so with "search" later. Have fun!
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    old sails?

    newer sails have a crinkly finish (good). If that's worn off and the sail is "soft" that could be bad.......dry rot. You'll be able to tear them with your hands if rotted. Watch out for "soft"! :eek:
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    Teach My self to Sunfish! ???

    Wear a life jacket!...and go for it!
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    Drain Plug Siezed

    Opps......I'm not reading carefully. Thought you meant the bailer!:eek:
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    sail finish

    I bought two used sails and have one. A friend who owns a custom car upolstery shop is going to make a "good" one of the three. My question is: one of the three is soft and supple. The other two have what appears to be a finish (crinkly) on them. Are they different fabrics or does the soft one...
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    Tips for re-doing bottom of sunfish?

    I'm taking it out to lake Michigan; sand and rocks, sometime during the next two weeks and will post a report! Looks good sitting in the drive!
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    Drain Plug Siezed

    I had the same issue on a 74 hull. I gave it a couple doses of PB Blaster; a penetrating oil that works well in automotive applications. Dosen't appear to affect the glass. Let it work over night and was able to get it off with a small pipe wrench. It looks like the threads; both male and...
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    Skid plate?

    I have a 74 hull, and in that precise area is a flat spot with two dimples (drill holes?). I was wondering why that was there. Dosen't look like the holes "dimples" were ever drilled out. Maybe a skid plate? Saw that some one mentioned "oldstyle" rudder?:confused:
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    Tips for re-doing bottom of sunfish?

    I had 3 small glass repairs on the hull. I repaired those and sanded with a random orbital sander (fine grit) and then rolled it on with a 3/8 roller. I was expecting it to look llike it was rolled;and it did while wet. Went out to the garage in the am and my mouth dropped.....no roller marks...
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    Tips for re-doing bottom of sunfish?

    I'm here to tell you........it looks like it was sprayed on professionally; smooth as a baby's fanny; not glossy, satin.....3 coats, no sanding other that the initial glass repairs.
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    Tips for re-doing bottom of sunfish?

    Well; this is certainly a non-typical alternative! I am in process of rebuilting a pretty rough '74 Sunfish hull. After speaking with several paint company techs I decided to try Behr's Epoxy white garage floor paint. It went on with a 3/8" roller and looks like it was sprayed. It has a "satin"...
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    maybe playing in the storm swells was a bad idea?

    I had similar experience in Lake Michigan with bent spar. Mine's bent about 4" out of "true". I've contined to sail it for 5 years with no problems. I think when you attempt to straighten it you may weaken it. You will see used spars and masts for sale here and on ebay for reasonable $.
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    Cheaper solutions to getting my fish from trailer to the water?

    lhakel Old bicycle wheels (larger diameter) might be even better, and probably free from trash! No picture ability: but the idea is to get a metal rod which fits through the hub on the wheel you get. Drill a hole, through the rod, on each side of the hub;large washer against hub and then...
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