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    Hull fixing tips/advice

    For bigger holes than normal (especially ones that are on a curved surface like you are dealing with) I found the “Shoreline method” to be really effective and easy to do. (For future reference the next time you bang up your Sunfish - as me and the kiddos have!)
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    Fixing leak and repairing gelcoat and gelcoat cracks

    I thought this video also has some good tips on how to tackle gel coat spider cracks.
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    Would you sail your Sunfish (or small sailboat) in this lake?

    You never have to worry about turtling! If you flip over.....just stand up! :)
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    What is the correct name for this hardware?

    Thanks Charlie, as usual, your inputs are valuable. If the spider cracks are cosmetic, and not structural, then I’ll leave it as is. I took the advice from many of you, a few years back, to get my sunfish up and running and get out on the water. It’s not too fast. It’s not too pretty. But...
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    What is the correct name for this hardware?

    Well guys.... I’m not sure what to do here. It looks like this swivel cam cleat that I have is going to be too long for me to use on my fish. Bummer. Maybe I’ll sell it on Craig’s list. I do like the rig that Norcalsailor has. An adjustable cleated block seems like a nice set up. It would...
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    What is the correct name for this hardware?

    Beldar, You, Alan, Tag, and a many others here have been invaluable to me on my sailing adventures. I take your recommendations pretty seriously, as they have had a wonderful impact on my sailing life! The ratchet block has a switch on it to allow the block to move freely in both directions...
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    What is the correct name for this hardware?

    So, last winter, before the pandemic hit us, I found this piece of hardware at an estate sale. I picked this up for 4 bucks. Im not sure of its correct nomenclatur, but as always, could use some expertise. I’m not even sure it can be used on the sunfish.....but for that price it was worth...
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    Took a big bite-and need some help chewing

    Itsasav, in my restoration, I describe and show the leak test process, fairly well. I hope it helps you out. https://sailingforums.com/threads/starting-at-the-beginning.34766/
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    What is the best knot to tie halyard to boom?

    Alan Gloss for the win (again!). The clove hitch is super easy to use. I tie it at the beginning of the season, and never have to worry about until I easily take it off at the end of the season. Very effective. Very simple. (Occam‘s razor.)
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    I don’t check my personal messages often, so post any questions on the link above. The process...

    I don’t check my personal messages often, so post any questions on the link above. The process of fixing your boat seems scary at first - but it’s not. It is easy and manageable overall. (At least it’s was for me - and I’m not mechanically inclined).
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    4). Install inspection ports - I did two and very glad I did. 3). With the boat dry, use the...

    4). Install inspection ports - I did two and very glad I did. 3). With the boat dry, use the process from the link above to find any leaks.
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    if you bought it used, odds are that the boat has had this leak a long time, and the styrofoam...

    if you bought it used, odds are that the boat has had this leak a long time, and the styrofoam is water saturated. 1). Drain the boat. 2) cut inspection port holes. 3) let the boat completely dry out.
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    Walnut, start here. Starting at the BEGINNING use the above link as your guide. if your boat...

    Walnut, start here. Starting at the BEGINNING use the above link as your guide. if your boat is filled with water now, you most likely you have a leak somewhere.
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    Fool Wants to Fix a 1966 Sunfish - Advice?

    That sail is AWESOME. If it comes with a window, that will be the next one I buy!
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    Fool Wants to Fix a 1966 Sunfish - Advice?

    Toaster, I went through the same process you are going through now. Here are the bigger points I’ve learned in the process: 1) in the end, it will, most likely, be cheaper to buy a sunfish off Craig’s, list than to restore it. 2) the only real limiting factor (besides money) is fear. You can...
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