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  1. CaptainLarry

    1970 Sunfish Repair - Needing help to bringing order to the chaos!

    I had expected a much needed kick in the pants. Bring it on fellas! BTW - What of my humidity? Checking to see how much power my air has for drying? I think it should be working. Albeit, my ground is sure wet everyday.
  2. CaptainLarry

    1970 Sunfish Repair - Needing help to bringing order to the chaos!

    I’ve been set-back emotionally by the gelcoat damage discussed above. I have a feeling that MIXMKR is right that the gelcoat is aged-out. I feel like I’ll be sailing around on eggshells at risk of cracking this brittle aged coating with any bump. Emotions – no facts required. We looked...
  3. CaptainLarry

    1970 Sunfish Repair - Needing help to bringing order to the chaos!

    What should I expect? He was up at 5:30am posting!
  4. CaptainLarry

    1970 Sunfish Repair - Needing help to bringing order to the chaos!

    Ok, keeping it light...Where can I get some dilithium crystals anyway?
  5. CaptainLarry

    1970 Sunfish Repair - Needing help to bringing order to the chaos!

    In hind sight, I have L&VW to thank for the influence on my boat dryer. I think his post has been working on me subliminally.
  6. CaptainLarry

    1970 Sunfish Repair - Needing help to bringing order to the chaos!

    Breeze Bender, What's your take on my gelcoat porosity question?
  7. CaptainLarry

    1970 Sunfish Repair - Needing help to bringing order to the chaos!

    Mr. L&VW, With all due respect, good sir, this porosity is widespread and very regular in form. I'd have to agree with Signal Charlie that it could be a manufacturing defect. Otherwise my widespread use of clorox ate into the stuff based on the localized chemistry or physical properties. Or...
  8. CaptainLarry

    1970 Sunfish Repair - Needing help to bringing order to the chaos!

    Drying the boat continues! I know you guys are seeing me as obsessive. Maybe you can relate. Here is my obsession on drying the boat. Warm winter days are around 50°F. With the black plastic tent I can exhaust air over 70°F with my little 12v RV bathroom fan. It is pulling air into the...
  9. CaptainLarry

    1970 Sunfish Repair - Needing help to bringing order to the chaos!

    Yeah. I know they are not visible (at 60 miles per hour - as I say) but at high magnification they sure look scary and like I burned the holes with clorox. I'd love to squeegee some sealant in there, but I suspect that is not appropriate - too much like painting. Thanks for getting up early...
  10. CaptainLarry

    1970 Sunfish Repair - Needing help to bringing order to the chaos!

    Yes, it is modern polyurethane. May not meet specs, but it is what I'm already using on a dresser project for my boys. The name sounded appropriate...:rolleyes: Minwax® Helmsman® Spar Urethane I'm up to 3 coats so far. I'll probably end at 4. I'm a sucker for pain.
  11. CaptainLarry

    1970 Sunfish Repair - Needing help to bringing order to the chaos!

    I learned a lot from my first Marine-Tex experience. I'm a total novice so my difficulty, I'm sure, is no legitimate commentary on the product. Everyone seems to really like the product so I'm not going to waver in my confidence in using it. 1) Really tough to get the putty out of the...
  12. CaptainLarry

    1970 Sunfish Repair - Needing help to bringing order to the chaos!

    I think you guys skipped over this question. Any tips? Also, what was that black round thing that came with my packet of used parts? See end of page two, please.
  13. CaptainLarry

    1970 Sunfish Repair - Needing help to bringing order to the chaos!

    Here is the area where I took the photo of the gelcoat pores. The photo is bottom up. This condition is present on the gunwale more or less all around. So I did not cause these pores either?
  14. CaptainLarry

    1970 Sunfish Repair - Needing help to bringing order to the chaos!

    Here are all the mahogany component hanging with their first coat of spar varnish. The long skinny thing is our replacement tiller extension we made out of... white oak, of course. My son thought it was supposed to be ash. We stained it "Red Oak" to make it colored more like the mahogany, but...
  15. CaptainLarry

    1970 Sunfish Repair - Needing help to bringing order to the chaos!

    I'm having a little panic attack. After an aggressive hull cleaning, the subtle defects in the gel coat are more obvious. In particular, as I prepped an area for Marine-tex at the transition between the hull bottom and the gunwale I noticed not only these horizontal hairline cracks, but a...
  16. CaptainLarry

    1970 Sunfish Repair - Needing help to bringing order to the chaos!

    Light and Variable, I have to say, we think alike when it comes to finding a way to make it work. We call that red-necking-it down here.
  17. CaptainLarry

    1970 Sunfish Repair - Needing help to bringing order to the chaos!

    We scrubbed the boat with Soft Scrub and bleach. I thought one of you had recommended that, but I can’t find it. No problems doing that, I hope? The boat looks much better. Compare the old decal images before and after the bleaching and scrubbing. The deck has some deeper stains, and that’s...
  18. CaptainLarry

    1970 Sunfish Repair - Needing help to bringing order to the chaos!

    Regarding the rudder pin: Can you describe the mechanism that keeps the swiveling part from inadvertently turning to the straight orientation and falling out during a sail?
  19. CaptainLarry

    1970 Sunfish Repair - Needing help to bringing order to the chaos!

    Regarding white oak backer blocks: We need a few more data columns, like rot resistance. I see there are many advantages to the white oak. I have the new blocks ready to install, but it will be a while yet.
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