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    I got wood, How much varnish will I need?

    I have 2 dagger boards and 3 rudders with their tillers. How much varnish might I need? 500ml or 1000ml? I am considering Epifanes though it is pricey. A guy who has used cheaper tried it once and will no longer use the cheap stuff. What are your thoughts on the subje
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    My First Backing Patches

    Getting down around 60 to upper fifties. Part of the issue is the time I am working on it. After work at 4. The sun is out and warm then it tapers off really really fast. So it sets fast with the high end of drops, but the second batch did not cure an hour + later till I got the heat gun out...
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    My First Backing Patches

    I put a few more layers of glass on. I have more to learn as I messed up some. Structurally I believe I am good, I just am curious if I can get the gel coat on and level. Still need to put down a layer or two of mat here. I have the keel needing a few layers of mat and some gel coat digs that...
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    My First Backing Patches

    In my case I wanted the cardboard to be wet out. I figured it would conform to the shape better, but give enough form to get the glass to touch the edges.
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    My First Backing Patches

    I wanted to do the repair from the frontside. Later I have a smaller hole in my son's Sunfish that will do with a blind patch. It is a small area at the bow and I really do not want to put a port in the deck as it will not look as nice. So this was just some practice for a later repair. There...
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    My First Backing Patches

    This is my 'practice' hull. It had the major hit on the keel and the scrap to glass on the chine. On the topside the cleat was push down and the combing is broken loose. This is my first ever fiberglass work. My goal was to put in a backer without putting a hole on the top just to see if I...
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    Boom straightening, the easy way.

    The 1996 Sunfish came with 2 bent booms and a bent mast. I just took the sail off the booms and looked close at the booms. After trying a few different things, I found the hitch arms on the front of my Harbor Freight trailer would work fine. The trick to straightening the booms or many things...
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    Blind Backing Question, What material to use?

    I am learning and want to do a blind back patch on the chine. So right on the corner where the hull bottom goes up the side. The hull bottom and the hull side is curved so any stiff materials will not bend without buckling. This will cause the form to push the glass up and out in the bend...
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    Fiberglass Repair and Other Advice

    I suggest you watch a few videos and look up fiberglass repair on the web. The book 'The Fiberglass Boat Repair Manual' is also a good read. You will need fiberglass mat and roving. You will need to somehow back the hole. This might require making a cardboard backing with strings that you lay...
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    Fiberglass Repair and Other Advice

    I am a bit further along in my learning then you are at this point. Keep in mind I am just learning as I go here and this is the best advice I have found so far. I was just doing some work on my practice hull. I have to repair a section of the keel which only had a crack. Now it has a 2" hole...
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    Some picts of the 2006 Hull

    I was out with some heat and a scraper. There was a large lump of resin up in the curved area I really wanted to get out. I also got a bunch off to make sanding a bit easier. I found out the white epoxy (my guess) that holds the top to the bottom get soft with a bit of heat. It was real easy to...
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    Looking for a used Sunfish

    Not mine, I look for decent deals close to me. This one is kind of far away, but it has the dolly. Assuming it is close to ready to sail it is a good deal based on what I have seen. https://southjersey.craigslist.org/boa/d/oaklyn-sunfish-sailboat/7208156645.html
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    Sunfish side storage cart.

    I can assure you that is all steel. The long rusty bars were the 1x2 steel tubes I used to jig the model A body when I was building it. I cut the welds and stored them. The other parts were some stuff I picked out of the trash a while ago. Even the wood was scraps. Some of the 2x4's on the...
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    Sunfish side storage cart.

    Using stuff I had laying around I built the cart in the pictures. I can store the boat either deck or keel to the center. It is like 37" wide and it slides in next to my 65 Mustang in the storage garage. That is the Harbor Freight trailer. Over the winter I plan on making a sunfish rack to carry...
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    So I seem to have a problem.....

    I may not quite stop at 4.... The little yacht club I belong to would like to add a few Sunfish sailboats to their program and to have available to club members. I may try to fix the 1980 hull as there is an early Sunfish with a bronze rudder. No one knows whos it is or why it is there. We...
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    So I seem to have a problem.....

    I have too many Sunfish's I bought another sunfish today. Noticed one next to a house a few weeks ago on a bike ride. Today I just happened by on my bike as they were pulling in the driveway and asked. $400 for a 1989 with a dolly and more surprisingly a title. The sail has a couple of tears at...
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    Purchase pending, question about repair of hull

    My thinking at this point is the hull needs to be fixed first. The lip is under the deck and it is more important to have a strong repair on the hull. I believe I will be able to do a better job at putting a layer on the backside of the hull. Then do the front side of the hull getting the curved...
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    Double Sunfish trailer with Opti

    I have a Harbor Freight folding trailer for general purpose use. I need to make it handle 2 sunfish and one opti. One sunfish is the newer style that is over 48" wide that I am not sure would fit between uprights if I had the boats flat. I was going to stack them and put the opti on top as it...
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    If a higher sail generates more power, then...

    Both are adjusted for conditions. You can change the halyard attachment point to change the height.
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