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  1. Eddie_E

    Practice repair hull next steps?

    It's very easy to do, just remember it will expand to 3 times the volume you put down. Moisture helps the expansion while curing. I wouldn't add any water in a Sunfish though. The damp air in most Sunfish hulls is more than enough moisture to expand and cure the glue. in addition to using this...
  2. Eddie_E

    Practice repair hull next steps?

    yes , Gorilla glue is one brand. They make a lot of different adhesives now though.
  3. Eddie_E

    Practice repair hull next steps?

    The brown polyurethane wood glue that looks like pancake syrup will hold it if you put a few beads of glue on the foam block and close it up overnight. The dampness in the foam will make the glue setup and fill the voids.
  4. Eddie_E

    mainsheet gets caught on corner

    One other thing to check is that you didn't end up with a boat that somebody tried to use a 3/8 main sheet(rope). The biggest that slides through the Sunfish blocks without binding on the boom is 5/16 or 8mm. A main sheet that binds in the blocks will do all sorts of strange things. A Sunfish...
  5. Eddie_E

    Hurt back raising mast

    The white composite boards should weather fine. Wooden Sunfish daggers will cup so bad they won't fit in the slot ever again. Of course we only get 6 weeks of Summer here and then it's Winter again where I live. Florida might be different.
  6. Eddie_E

    Hurt back raising mast

    The sun will degrade the sail cloth in a few years. If you use the Intensity $130 sail and replace it every 4 years it will be fine.
  7. Eddie_E

    Swivel cam cleat install

    The Harken 144 is too tall to release properly on a Sunfish. Stick to the Harken 240 for deck mounting on a Sunfish. If you run a 7mm or 5/16 main sheet, it releases fine when needed. I sail in up to 30 mph winds and I rarely have a capsize from cleating. I would recommend testing the fit of the...
  8. Eddie_E

    Old Laser help requested?

    It takes around 6 ounces of Flex seal before the solvent dries, so maybe 4 ounces when dry.
  9. Eddie_E

    Old Laser help requested?

    I use to dremel and gel coat the tub cracks. That works but it's expensive and sometimes fails with repeated flexing. Paint has the odd issue of following the small cracks. My new method works much better. I tape 3" up from the bottom of the tub all the way around the perimeter. Remove the...
  10. Eddie_E

    Sunfish blasphemy question

    The reality is that most local club racing that doesn't have trophys is done with a mix of North and Intensity race sails. In fact I have been to a few clubs where the Intensity race sail is the "normal" sail. Neither has any advantage except the Intensity being a $150 race sail that lasts 5...
  11. Eddie_E

    DIY Sunfish dolly to Seitech dimensions

    My wooden dolly is the A-frame design and I put a cross brace around half way to the wheels. I step on that brace with one foot to sink it while I yank the bow handle forward to load. It works well, but the next time I build one, I will leave off the cradle strap and cut a shallow V in a 2x6 and...
  12. Eddie_E

    1983 Laser Rainbow deck

    I have exactly the same Laser except mine is a 82' model. From what I could find with my serial number, I believe mine was made in Canada. It's possible to paint the hull, I sure did. Keep an eye on the seam between the top deck and bottom. The good news is those boats have a strong mast step...
  13. Eddie_E

    New to me Sunfish, need mainsheet, centerboard bungee, how to fix the center board

    I also forgot to mention the Bondo short strand reinforced fiberglass is thick enough to use on the matching crack at the bottom rear of the dagger board slot in your hull, even if you grind through a hair at the back where it's thin.
  14. Eddie_E

    New to me Sunfish, need mainsheet, centerboard bungee, how to fix the center board

    I used to do those repairs like the video. Now I just use short strand reinforced fiberglass that is pre-mixed. It's much easier to work with than it sounds. I like the Bondo brand, but it's NOT the body filler. It's a proper structural fiberglass. It shapes easily after 40 minutes with 60 grit...
  15. Eddie_E

    Rustoleum topside

    For those of you who want a deep rich shine with a cheap paint, I found it. Majic Tractor paint is amazing when thinned 5% with xylene and rolled with a tight grained foam enamel roller or brushed. I used the bright red for a waterline stripe on my Flying Scot and it was better to work with...
  16. Eddie_E

    Shallow Draft Sailboat (similar to sunfish)

    Anything with a swing up style centerboard would work. O'day Daysailor 2, Flying Scot, Capri 14.2/16.5, Hobie One, etc
  17. Eddie_E

    Best Boat for Beginners

    A Capri 14.2 would be nice for the two of you. Very stable, sails well and has modern rigging. Impossible to sink and can be righted easily by 2 average size people or one large person.
  18. Eddie_E

    Laero?

    Good to know about the hiking position making people stiff. I only have 1 hour in an Aero and the wind was only 12~14 mph, which isn't much hiking at my weight. My only complaint was the cockpit area was to small and less stable at slow speeds leaving the beach compared to my Laser. Once in...
  19. Eddie_E

    Laero?

    Just buy an Intensity fathead sail if you need more power. The Aero rig is big money and designed for a front traveler setup with internal lines. I feel the Aero hull is a bigger improvement over the sail plan. I can pick up an Aero hull with one hand.
  20. Eddie_E

    Hull fixing tips/advice

    Make sure you really scrub the epoxy patch well with acetone before rolling out the gel coat. Getting a good bond over epoxy can be tough because it develops amine blush when curing. I personally only use polyester resins for repairs when I plan to gel coat. The easiest way to lay down gel coat...
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