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  1. vestaviascott

    Thrift Store Sunfish!

    The 8 foot x 3 inch wide sling just arrived Fedex. I'm going to be able to do a few dry fit tests tomorrow. I'm thinking that if the assembly and sling sag can be tweaked so that the exertion force on the uprights is as vertical as possible, the joint has a much better chance of working for this...
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    Thrift Store Sunfish!

    No worries. I was thinking same thing. If the collar of the elbow fittings were deeper, I'd feel better about the joint's ability to hold up, but I have reservations and your experience backs that up. I'll probably go ahead and test it but from what I can gather the PVC "cement" solvent doesn't...
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    Thrift Store Sunfish!

    Great info. I won't have any foam on the dolly - will be using a tow strap for supporting the boat (assuming the glued PVC joints of the upper arms are sturdy enough to hold the boat without bending or breaking) - but the plan is currently for pnuematic tires, although I may now change that, and...
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    Thrift Store Sunfish!

    I want to be able to easily (with the push of a button) remove the tires with no tools: The push pin connector springs inside the axle tube makes that possible. I'm using the dynamic dolly as example but I believe other carts and dolly's use similar.
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    Thrift Store Sunfish!

    A bit concerned about the PVC joints ability to handle the stresses of the 125+ pound boat under load. I suppose I won't know until it's tested. I think the small 22 degree elbows are likely the weakest point. Had to have those to increase the angle of the elbows so that the uprights are angled...
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    Thrift Store Sunfish!

    Dry fit with fittings, minus cut PVC pipe sections that will go in last once I have figured out the optimal sling length and width of the main section:
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    Thrift Store Sunfish!

    I've got a dozen projects in flight right now, so I figure, why not add another! I'm glutton for punishment obviously - or just crazy. which I'm quite certain of, lol. But I've decided to take on the task of recreating a sling style dolly in PVC. Using 2 inch schedule 40. I've spent more than a...
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    Why’d I wait soo long?

    Apparently, Lake Ronkonkoma has a few mysteries of its own! Indian legends, bottomless waters and underwater tunnels: Is it haunted? Secrets of Lake Ronkonkoma
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    Thrift Store Sunfish!

    Waiting for it to cool down outside and... Harbor Freight submersible LED trailer lights and harness.
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    Cartopping a Sunfish

    For pickup trucks, I saw a pretty ingenious trailer hitch add-on that allows you to transport the boat in the bed of the truck. The trailer hitch extension supports the back of the boat, the part hanging off the bed. It looks pretty simple and effective. Basically turns the bed of the truck into...
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    Cartopping a Sunfish

    Instead of using a ladder, I'd opt for something like this: Then, to protect the boat on the roof, there's this:
  12. vestaviascott

    Thrift Store Sunfish!

    Just got back from picking up this jet ski trailer. Three hour drive round trip. Needs some repair work to the rail carpet and the wiring harness is fried. Left tailight turn lens busted (lucky I made it home without getting stopped - thankful it was daylight). Frame is in excellent shape for...
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    Thrift Store Sunfish!

    Definitely! Makes fast work of removing the old peeling faded vinyl stripes. Revealing the shiny gelcoat below. Kinda like the two-tone green now, LOL!
  14. vestaviascott

    Thrift Store Sunfish!

    Fedex just arrived with the daggerboard! Huge box. This thing is really big. I took a few shots of the board to compare it to the "shadow" board. And here is a closeup of the fingertip sized divot I'll need to repair:
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    2008 LP Racing Sunfish

    Interesting. What are the advantages? Since the boat is only about 125 pounds, I'd love to find a way to single-hand cartop it on the racks of my Honda Pilot SUV.
  16. vestaviascott

    2008 LP Racing Sunfish

    Thanks! I'd love to do that. I still have a few more things to do before the boat is ready for water. I'm also looking for an affordable trailer (have alerts set up on CL for "Jet ski trailer").
  17. vestaviascott

    Thrift Store Sunfish!

    Truer words have never been spoken. The white paint reveals every little tiny crack in the wood grain. I stopped after a few sprays. If I can't easily fill the grain, then I'm just going to sand again and go with the varnish. It obviously masks the grain cracks like no man's business. Thanks...
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    Thrift Store Sunfish!

    Squeegee on a layer of varnish or more epoxy?
  19. vestaviascott

    Thrift Store Sunfish!

    FWIW, here are a few pics of the rudder while I'm filling in the cracks with JB Weld epoxy prior to painting it white. The epoxy glue is still curing here and once its cured, I'll sand it smooth. Hopefully that seals up the cracks in prep for the paint. I'm going to see how much life I can get...
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    Thrift Store Sunfish!

    Getting close to finishing up my initial work on the boat. I have a couple things I need to do now and asking for some suggestions: 1) Rudder refinish - I've sanded down the rudder and tiller and sprayed several coats of exterior marine varnish on them. The look though, is not great. The wood...
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