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    Tool to help with Rudder Springs

    I am breaking down rudders for repairs and wood painting. I realized I was doing springs the hard way. There are these nice hooks used to the pull the dashs out of Mercedes. That right, no screws the dash is held in by tension. Anyway they have these real stiff wires with handles. I could grab...
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    I found my leak, fixing the mast hole.

    So you all may or may not remember I picked up a 2006 with chunk out of the flang in the rear starboard side. I fixed it up and have been sailing it all summer long. BUT I noticed it was picking up a lot of water. I also noticed the water was not salty. I also knew I did not have any place...
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    Documentation on Laser variations??

    My 16 year old has just finished his second year of sailing. He expressed interest in a laser. No, I am not spending $2k on a laser. I am looking for a decent deal and fixing stuff is what I can do. What I see is the lasers at the club have a couple of blocks on the deck that I believe...
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    Boom Repairs, quick and easy.

    At my yacht club I have been fixing the booms where the 2 hooks are in the front. I have 3 or 4 boats now where the bolt came out the front. The aluminum corroded to the point where no material was left forward of the bolt. Some had been like that for a while. Duct tape seems to work for a...
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    New style hull, no screws holding anything...

    One of the kids came back from out on the water with his new to the family Sunfish. Nice looking fish with what I learned was recently repainted before they bought it. It looks like a nice paint job. The problem is the loop that holds the halyard came off from the deck. The sheet metal screws...
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    My yacht club started the youth program, I was helping the kids with their boats.....

    One boat has some line issues and the sail is not tied to the booms properly. They bought a new rudder, tiller, and dagger board for the older boat. The wood was falling apart. The tiller was backordered. So I real quick borrow one from a spare club rudder from a junk fish. Since the kid was new...
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    I put a window in my sail.

    For bit over $40 in materials I got all I needed to put a window in my sail. My fish came with sail that I liked the colors and it was still crisp. I was going to buy a new sail with a window but was pointed to a Sailrite youtube video on installing a window in a Sunfish sail. My wife has a...
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    Sail Comparison of new sails, is there a major difference?

    So I have my blue and white sailboat at the club and I took it out for a sail. This is the blue long strip boat I did a major repair to the hull. It sails great, but... I am 6' 6" tall and the sail does not have a window. For me it feels unsafe no being able to see through the sail. The sail...
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    Inspection port sizes....

    I believe I have seen that people use 5" inspection ports for the sunfish. I find 4" and 6" are more common. I know 4" is too small as the one hull I have has one and I cant really reach in and I have smaller diameter arms. I can see where 5" is the minimum. I can get the 6" from West Marine...
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    Update to my 2006 repairs

    I have uploaded a bunch of pictures. For better or worse this is how I repaired the holes. As I posted in the past I did an inside repair of the hull. Because the opening was not big enough I ended up putting strips in 3 layers alternating the direction of the strips. Then brought the outside...
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    Been Busy working on Fiberglass

    These are picts of the 2006 I bought that had some holes in it. For $200 with a like new sail, well I could not go wrong. I am learning as I go with this glass work. My main goals are to put in structure and keep the repair areas low enough I can get a good gel coat on top. I bought some tints...
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    Gel Coat Color 'matching' any suggestions on how best to do it?

    Starting repairs on my various sunfish. I have my son's 88 structurally repaired in the bow. I have mixed up the white gel coat and thickened it and got my first leveling coat in place. It is very white. The surrounding gel coat is a bit off white, maybe a yellowish? I will also be doing my...
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    Bridle loop screw hole repair

    I had one of the screws that holds the bridle loop to the deck break off. What it seems is just under the fiberglass is about a 3/16" aluminum plate that is threaded by the self threading screws. I used a diamond tool on a Dremel to grind out the screw. I misjudged the depth and went too far...
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    You tube with some Phantom repairs

    Close enough to sunfish.
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    Drying out a sunfish idea

    While looking random local items on Facebook marketplace I saw a good old fashioned hair drier. The kind with a hose and a bonnet. I am thinking perfect idea. The hose lets you focus the air and it has an internal heater that should not be too hot. So if you are planning on drying out a fish...
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    Dolly wheels, What options that work to get away from inflatable tires?

    I am involved with a yacht club. They have many dollies and often they tire is just shot from the sun or the tubeless tire is off the rim. Solid plastic wheels seem very expensive for just being plastic. Tube ones are not so bad to deal with as you can get new tubes. The real solution is...
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    Low cost dolly wheel replacement ideas

    The club I am at has a bunch of dollies and of course the tires are flat and bad. For a lot of money you can by no air replacement wheels (like $47 each). I have to believe that there are much lower cost no air wheels that work for way less money. What suggestions might you have? Thanks!!
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    Dagger Board Repair in progress

    Some basic steps. Made simple fiberglass mold from a good dagger board. Cleaned up the edge of the bad and put in some nails and a couple of stainless screws. Keep in mind there are the spring steel rods that run the length of the board. I added the nails to give sideways structure. So hits...
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    Using vacuum to dry out a sunfish hull??

    Ok, likely not something that can be done. Has anyone considered connecting a vacuum pump up to a hull and pull a vacuum to dry it out? I doubt is it possible as I believe the vacuum you have to pull would crush the hull. I was just trying to think of ways to pull the moisture out of a hull...
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    Possible YouTube channel to keep on your radar

    This link to West Country Boat Repairs. https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCWpmT_ZqmyWP8X120Fz_hTg The guy is in our mother country (just kidding) of England. Seems he is out to post things that apply to boats like ours.
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