That or the wrong springs. Ever take a spring to the hardware
store and try to match it? I don't think it happens often. Like any
project ya gotta take it apart before you can put it back together in
working order. I used Stainless Steel bolts, between the aluminum
rudder cheeks and the...
Can't tell with just a picture. There should be plastic fender washers
between the grudgen and wood rudder at the pivot bolt. Same with the tiller strap
bolt which I see not. Pull the bolts and go get some plastic washers at the
hardware. While you're at it get 2 brass bushing to install in...
Here are the Marine TopCoat Directions. . .
BARE FIBERGLASS - The entire surface, regardless of age, must be thoroughly washed with a fiberglass cleaner to remove all traces of mold release agents and wax. Sand the gel coat with 80-120 grit sandpaper to create a dull, frosty appearance. Remove...
You would need to sand with something thinner than the daggerboard. I've
had epoxy beads after a repair and the daggerboard got wedged. If you
do go that route run a cloth through the trunk and try to remove all the excess
epoxy while it is still wet.
DON'T remove the metal trim, not only does it protect the fiberglass flange, it's cost is
worth as much as the boat. If you do remove it I must say, please send it my way cuz
I sure can use it.
Topsides needs the topside fiberglass primer first. Topsides is kind of a soft paint, I mixed
There's space between the dagger board trunk and tub but it is a
bit of a reach. The port in the cockpit is easier as Sailflow suggested.
However you do it remember that the fiberglass is really thin and
easy to fracture. The more you spread out the load the better. Easy
way would be to epoxy...
It will work for a while but eventually loosen without the stress being distributed by
a backing plate. If you put in the inspection port behind the splash rail it's easy to
reach the inside front of the tub. You can go with fender washers or pop rivet into
a metal backing plate. If you...
Aluminum spar does not provide much friction to keep the wraps
from turning. Try a few extra wraps around to increase friction area.
I think the knot was created assuming you're tying around a wooden
I have a van so I keep the back hatch flipped up. You really need to see the back of
of trailer at all times backing up. If you vehicle sucks if in visibility department take
a couple PVC Pipes and attach vertically to each rear corner of the trailer. You'll see
that a lot for small fishing...
Just like the Minimax and Minimost, designed to take advantage
of 4 x 8 plywood sheets. Anyone care to list any
additional '4 X 8' boats kits? I believe the original glue that
was used at the time was powered Weldwood.
These things would be perfect for a laser cut kit if you had
After power washing and drying out you'll have a decent hull. The price
is exactly what it's worth so you could buy it, clean it up and store it
while looking for another Sunfish. If you can find a Sunfish with good
hardware but a crappy hull you may come out ahead. If not you could
Yitch, poor design to start with. With all the stress cracks I'd
grind the gel coat away, fiberglass over the hole and redrill
for a Sunfish drain, if you can make it work. Get a Sunfish drain
before you do anything to see if you can test fit it. If you can
get it to work you'll have a...
Go to your Big Box and get a White Oak board. When you're done
you'll have something nice and as good as what came from the factory.
Actually better if you give it some type of airfoil shape. I've had Sunfish
where someone made a plywood board, I chuck them in the trash and
make a new one...
No kidding! I never had that problem and I always had water in the hull. I wonder what
I did different. Maybe I didn't use as much foam as you did. I injected it through holes
in the cockpit floor and did not use a lot because I was worried about the problem you
described. When the foam...
I've used expanding foam under the cockpit and it worked well. The glue pads
the factory used often break loose or don't provide enough support when kids
jump up and down on a beached hull. If you can flex the hull under the cockpit
or hear a 'brattttttttttt....' when you plain-out the pads...
It's a compromise between how rigid the structure is and how much
the hull weighs. If you can carbon fiber yourself down to 125 lbs. you'll
have really nice performance. I've only heard of one Sunfish being less than 125 lbs. and
that was a Pearson Sunfish which made a always contested racing...