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  1. Breeze Bender

    Brand new daggerboard

    You’re teaching your son well! Beautiful woodwork.
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    Blast from the Past

    Signal Charlie mentioned some ideas of what to do with an old sail and it reminded me of how I learned to love the Sunfish as a kid at summer camp. Our sailing instructor was (and still is) a great man. If you won the race that day it was announced in the dining hall, with exciting detail...
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    So I bought another sunfish....

    One of the few times I wished there was a ‘Love’ tab on this forum- like isn’t enough! Sweet pic!
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    So I bought another sunfish....

    You did so well with the last resto you decided to do it again... that’s how it starts! Looks like you got a nice deal on a worthy project. Nothing wrong with those deck drains- they’re hard to come by. I think there were only two years that had drains on both port and starboard. Very cool...
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    First post...Bought 1999 Vanguard Sunfish for $300...

    So true on all counts!
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    New sailor here!

    Sunfish Don’t know where you are in Indiana, this could be 2 hrs or much more from you. Not my boat. Looks like a great deal and has the new style rudder. Keep an eye on craigslist for your best bet finding a used Sunfish.
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    Right On trailer

    Quite a distance from you, but if you’re ever this way here’s a nice one (not my posting, just always looking at boats and trailers) 2018 Right on trailer
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    AMF Minifish Complete and Ready to Sail!

    Wasn't "trying" anything and didn't mean to offend you. Good luck with your sale.
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    AMF Minifish Complete and Ready to Sail!

    You started at $500, then “dropped it” to $550, then a “final drop” to your original price ;) Just an observation.
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    Dollies: Jotag versus Dynamic ...

    Great deal on a Dynamic dolly on craigslist in Patchogue, NY Just a bit too far for me. Sailboat/sunfish dolly
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    New to me Sunfish

    The PVC tube is great, especially if you can mount it on your trailer, but they are expensive new ($150 or so) and hard to come by used. You'll need an 8" diameter tube, 10' or a bit more in length, and end caps. I keep my spars and sails in a long, zippered canvas spar bags and that has...
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    Wooden Spars

    Thanks, Signal Charlie. You're right, I've never seen the tabbed bow handle on a fiberglass boat. It's also a much better quality handle- no pitting at all after all these years on any of the three 'woodies' I've owned. They just don't make 'em like they used to!
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    Wooden Spars

    No, haven’t sailed her yet- other boats keep cutting in line for my attention and she continues to wait patiently in the garage. It also has the ‘wrap around’ bow handle found on some of the earlier boats. I don’t know if that was exclusive to the kit boats?
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    Wooden Spars

    I’ve got an old wooden Sailfish in line for restoration that has a very handy (or footy) feature. Thick webbing was added to the toerails- just enough to keep you belted in when hiking out.
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    Ice in Mast Step

    Then there’s that other big hole to worry about- the cockpit! I’ve seen (even purchased, greatly reduced) boats with cracks through the floor due to ice freeze/ expansion. Always better to store deck side down over the winter months.
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    It's not a Sunfish, so what is it?

    Are you sure you need to add inspection ports? Is the boat overweight? You may just need a new seal around the cockpit bailer. No need to add a port for a main sheet cleat, as it attaches under the cockpit lip (at least it does on a Sunfish) Have you done a leak test?
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    It's not a Sunfish, so what is it?

    That clonefish link is great. I have owned many of those, including a sloop rigged 1979 Lockley Newport Sandshark The closest one to your Sun Dolphin that was made by Lockley Newport was the Scat (originally called the Panther, 1979-80). There's a pic of an old one for sale (not mine) at...
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    1950s Alcort Super Sailfish ZSA ZSA Restoration

    That is some very impressive restoration work! I’m inspired!
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    Sail Repair Pics

    Each fish was hand cut with a good pair of scissors. I did a few at a time and really enjoyed the process. Some people knit! Thanks, all, for the encouraging feedback :)
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    Sail Repair Pics

    Maybe I invested more time than this sail is worth, since it had many small holes that seemed to be burned into it, not worn. The sail was still crisp, colorful and with a window, and I had some extra insignia cloth, so I traced out a smaller Sunfish as a patch- and reversed for the other side...