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    Sunfish spar specs

    See: Sunfish Spars & Components Material: 6061-T6 Aluminum Alloy Mast: Finish: Clear Anodized Length: 10' (3.05 m) OD: 2-1/4" (57.15 mm) Wall Thickness: .083" (2.11 mm) Spars: Finish: Clear Anodized Length: 13' 8" (4.17 m) OD 1-1/2" (38.1 mm) Wall Thickness: .065" (1.65 mm)
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    Rudder Pivot Point “improvement”

    No need to chase tubing or bushings. Drill an oversize hole, fill with thickened epoxy, redrill for rudder bolt.
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    Anyone use these on a Sunfish

    Boy, I think I'd just stick with your current expando plug in the DePersia. The Elvstrom needs a fair-sized hole in a pretty flat part of the hull that's also out of the way, but still convenient to reach--bit of a PITA all the way around in the small Sunfish cockpit. If used a lot the gaskets...
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    Anyone use these on a Sunfish

    Elvstrom-style bailers work pretty well (better, I think, then the plastic Sunfish bailers), but can be a pain to step on with bare feet. If the boat is slid over beach/grass/dock/trailer bunk/whatever they're prone to damage if not securely closed.
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    Replacement Bailer Balls

    "Old Style" plastic bailer - pre 1973 Part# 91025 (complete) - thread cap is 1-5/16" deep "New Style" plastic bailer - post 1973 Part# 91026 (complete) - thread cap is 1-3/16" deep Replacement bailer balls Part# 91031 (for 5 pack) - balls are 5/8" diameter
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    Bent boom.

    To expand on what beldar boathead suggests: Remember that when aluminum is crimped like this the aluminum work-hardens in the area of the crimp, and that area becomes more brittle than the rest of the spar. I would not try to remove the crimp or straighten this spar (= more bending & more...
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    Bent boom.

    Yes to what BB said....
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    Coaming (splash guard)

    Tri-grip pop rivets don't need backing washers, & have quite good tensile strength. See typical shear/tensile specs here: https://www.hansonrivet.com/rivets/blind-pop-advel-rivets/tri-grip-blind-rivets/ There is lots of choice in head profile, shank diameter, & grip range (length). Many NASCAR...
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    Coaming (splash guard)

    Fill the old hole with your choice of polyester/epoxy goop, then redrill and fasten with tri-grip pop rivets. These rivets resist pullout well & install with a regular pop rivet tool: https://www.amazon.com/s?url=search-alias%3Dsporting&field-keywords=Tri-Fold+rivets
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    Bathroom scale

    CH-53E....
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    Phantom rudder question

    Don't know if there was a rudder clip; pics of Phantom/Pointer 14 vs Sunfish (Wayne was a great resource): Phantom Rudder/Tiller
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    Beaten up Sunfish

    "If it's made of fiberglass it's repairable" -- in theory -- but put this boat out of its misery.
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    Beaten up Sunfish

    If it's made of fiberglass it's repairable. etc etc etc....
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    Trailering advice needed

    This is a pic (I believe) of Wavedancer's older Trailex SUT-200-S, the one with the crummy rubber molding suspension. It would be quite easy to retrofit this trailer with a transverse leaf suspension: • remove the aluminum risers at the ends of the axle (marked with red "Xs"). • through-bolt the...
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    Trailering advice needed

    2008 thread about (older?) Trailex trailers: Problems with the Trailex SUT-200-S
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    Trailering advice needed

    Some info about small old boat trailers in this recent post: Moving a Sunfish via 5x10 utility trailer. I paid $150 3 years ago for the 1950s Elgin-Sears pictured in the post. Last September I bought a 15' aluminum runabout (no outboard included) on a Tee-Nee boat trailer and with a Mastercraft...
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    Moving a Sunfish via 5x10 utility trailer.

    Independent rear suspension (with transverse leaf spring) was introduced with the '63 StingRay, replacing the previous live rear axle. This thread has sailed for the Bermuda Triangle....
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    Moving a Sunfish via 5x10 utility trailer.

    This looks good! If using a utility trailer I'd still check the GVWR as a predictor of ride quality....
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    Moving a Sunfish via 5x10 utility trailer.

    Suspending a boat from the rails of a utility trailer with straps sounds great (in theory)... I'll be interested to see how it works in practice. I've carried canoes & kayaks on my utility trailer using 2x4s lashed across the rails--same problem, super rough ride for the boats. As always, this...
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    Moving a Sunfish via 5x10 utility trailer.

    1958 Mastercraft Bannerline (left)... 500-750 lb load; transverse leaf spring suspension (the aluminum hubs on these trailers often fail, but can be replaced with cast iron 5 stud hubs) 1958 Tee-Nee OB-50... 500 lb load; coil springs with shocks. An excellent small boat trailer (if you can...
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