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  1. Clark_Lake

    1965 Sunfish Restoration

    Also, if anyone's curious (bc I had a hard time finding plans when I was initially searching the forums, and I thought you could just buy some V-shaped sawhorses from the internet) here's how I made the boat cradle / dolly... And full caveat I'm not a carpenter by any stretch (I made forts and...
  2. Clark_Lake

    1965 Sunfish Restoration

    Here's another photo before the initial clean...
  3. Clark_Lake

    1965 Sunfish Restoration

    Oh man I like that "cheeseburger" pile, looks like someone got a special delivery from Panera ;) Is that Hoops in the water on the third photo? I love that sail! I'm not sure if any water got in while sailing past couple weeks. But once I have a scale I can do some before and tests. Also...
  4. Clark_Lake

    1965 Sunfish Restoration

    Thanks Signal Charlie! Thanks for the youtube links, I'm going to try it this weekend. I have to fix my wet vac first, or maybe try the basketball pump, that's all I have here. I took photos of both sides of the coaming: I take it I just unscrew it? There's no backing plate for the drain...
  5. Clark_Lake

    1965 Sunfish Restoration

    Thanks mixmkr! Lots of great tips and info. I was hoping I could do it by hand (and save dough)....but I think I'm gonna have to table it for the fall/winter -- I'll need a buy a rotary buffer (all I have is a bosch orbital sander) and I've already sunk a bunch of money so far and the buffer...
  6. Clark_Lake

    1965 Sunfish Restoration

    Cool thanks, but does my '65 have a drain plug? I'll have to look again in the light tomorrow, I don't remember seeing that...but I would like to make the minimal number of ports. I started to read about the leak test when I was researching the ports last night and got overwhelmed ;) So yeah I...
  7. Clark_Lake

    1965 Sunfish Restoration

    Copy that, thanks I just found it I'll read it tonight!
  8. Clark_Lake

    1965 Sunfish Restoration

    Hahaha, yeah my first week of quarantine project is turning into an odyssey ;) In fairness to the tiller it had a pretty deep groove worn in the middle where it snapped. Thanks for all this great info. You mention the bottom of your Laser, just want to check that the same guidelines apply for...
  9. Clark_Lake

    1965 Sunfish Restoration

    Also, here's a shot of the boat out in the sun... I did some wet sanding after the last post, with one pass at 1500 (couldn't find 1600), second at 2000 and then used the 3m Marine Restorer and Wax. It looks much better and less matte (photo in the sun doesn't do it justice), and I started to...
  10. Clark_Lake

    1965 Sunfish Restoration

    Hi all, I just wanted to share an update and ask a couple questions. I got the boat in the water a few times and it was pretty smooth sailing save for losing my hat on the first capsize after 5 mins....but after a few runs I got the hang of it again. And on the last tandem trip I slid off the...
  11. Clark_Lake

    1965 Sunfish Restoration

    Thanks I just saw it! I've got some logistical work to do before I move on to the wet sanding, but I'm hoping it works out and I can post some more photos. I soaked the eye straps overnight and just used some brass polish to bring them back to life a bit.
  12. Clark_Lake

    1965 Sunfish Restoration

    Awesome - Much appreciated! I'm going to take her for a spin next week then move on to Phase 2 and try to get that deck to shine again. I was checking out the "Wizard up in Vermont" you mentioned in another thread, some beautiful restore jobs.
  13. Clark_Lake

    1965 Sunfish Restoration

    Thanks Beldar! And I appreciate the heads up on the sail ;) I need to do some sailing 101 before I drop her in. I'm going to look for that thread now now.
  14. Clark_Lake

    1965 Sunfish Restoration

    Thanks! I used Man o 'War Marine spar varnish, 5 coats, after sanding with 100 and 220 grit on the orbital sander, and wiped it down with acetone and a cloth (I think mineral spirits work too), then a tack cloth before applying the varnish. Also thinned the first two coats with paint thinner. I...
  15. Clark_Lake

    1965 Sunfish Restoration

    Hi, I'm new to the forum and thought I'd share some pics of my "quar-project"...restoring my grandma's old Sunfish. My parents took it out a few years ago so I know it floats, and other than that it's been in a garage or basement the past 25+ years. I think most of the parts are original, but...
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