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  1. N

    Removing a Bad Paint Job

    My recently-puchased 1966 Sunfish came with a poorly executed, poorly aged top paint job. I'm planing to just enjoy sailing the boat this summer, then putting some time in during the winter to get it looking a little better. I've read through all the thread on gelcoat wet sanding and/or top...
  2. Sailing Sasha

    Rudder Repair

    Hi everybody, last fall I bought my first real sailboat, a Pearson 24! Unfortunately the day I bought it and took it for a sail a piece of fiberglass delaminated from the rudder. When I took the boat out of the water for the season, I discovered that it actually is a solid wooden rudder, and a...
  3. P

    Laser: stuck upper mast plug

    Quick story: a few days ago, while rigging down my old beloved Laser, the bottom end plug of the upper mast got stuck in the lower mast. Since it is a carbon upper mast now, I had assembled the plug using 3M 5200. That new mast always had a plug that is fairly tight, and I presume some extra...
  4. ClaVaPa1

    How do I remove a broken, headless, rusty screw from my deck??

    Hi All, It had been around a month after I had noticed a bit of rust coming out of one of the screws of my control lines cleat on the deck... So yesterday I finally had a day where I was not in a rush and could take my toolkit to the club and attempt to replace it. I go there with my...
  5. K

    Fiberglass damage

    I turned my new (very old) boat over for the first time to inspect its state. There's a variety of damage, including areas where the gel coat has worn through to reveal the mesh beneath, some cracks that are wider than hairlines (concentrated at the front of the daggerboard trunk) and hairline...
  6. Sailing Sasha

    Hull Repair Advice for a "Sunfish Clone"

    Now before anyone gets mad at me for posting about an imitation sunfish in the Sunfish Forum, here me out! I have a Lockley-Newport Panther that is essentially the same thing as a Sunfish, so I imagine the hull repair would be the same, hence this seemed the most relevant place to ask. Also...
  7. A

    Vang Tang Replacment

    When replacing a Laser vang tang does the Tef-Gel, anti corrosion paste, need to go between the whole tang and the lower mast section or only at the Rivets? After replacing the tang with just Tef-Gel on the rivets and in the holes I cleaned the old tang. I noticed the old tang had some...
  8. Benswingin

    Wood roof-rack for Tacoma

    First post, just joined today. Heading to Lake Moomaw. My wife bought me a sunfish for $50. I was scared to open the sail bag, but turns out the sails are new. Lucky me! Boat has been sitting turned over in the woods in a pile of leaves for 3 years. I built a wood rack for it a couple of nights...
  9. T

    Laser Repair

    Hey all Working on bringing back this Laser and was wondering about best practices to repair the damage shown in the attached photos. She is obviously well worn so not looking to repair to class specs or anything but would like to tackle the gelcoat damage. Should I dremel these out, gelcoat...
  10. Fredn

    How to fix this?

    Hello all, I recently got a 470 in good condition but at the back there is a bit of de-lamination. I was wondering if anyone knows what would be the best way to fix this? There might still be some dirt and leaves under the red panel. Thanks in advance.
  11. D

    Laser repair suggestions (split sandwich)?

    Hi everyone! Long time reader from Norway here. So the Covid-19 isolation leaves plenty of time for work that hasn't been done earlier... I have a 1983 LASER that is taking in some water. The boat is in general good overall-condition, the mast step is tight and the drains have been replaced...
  12. NickolasG

    Laser Repairing

    Hi all! I'm about to make mini "service/repairing" on my laser, because I've noticed that somewhere silicone is gone, somewhere I still have glue marks on a hull, somewhere I have some weird black lines (probably from rubbing with something). And the questions I've got are: 1) If I'm going to...
  13. Flieger

    DePersia Bailer Removal

    Hi all, I bought an old Sunfish fixer upper and am trying to remove the old De Persia bailer. The nut is missing, but try as I might, I'm unable to remove the bailer. Any tips what to do here?
  14. R

    Mast step failure. Repair.

    Any suggestions for replacing/repairing the entire capri 14 mast step structure? Has has anybody done this? Bought a Mod 1 from 1984-86 earlier this year. It had been used by a local yacht club and stored outdoors in our notoriously wet conditions (Seattle). When I bought it I noticed some...
  15. E

    Mast step donut question - 1978 Laser

    Hello all, I'm a former Laser owner and have decided to get back into it by purchasing a relatively lightly used 1978 vintage Laser. Interestingly, it's about the same age as the boat that I used to sail some years ago. I have been reading a lot of posts about the mast step, and I'm preparing...
  16. R

    New style daggerboard repair

    So I hit a rock or something in August, and damaged my new daggerboard, and over the winter seems like a great time to fix it. This forum seems to have great advice for stuff like this, but there's nothing in the FAQ for this, and searching "daggerboard repair" didn't seem to get what I'm...
  17. J

    Getting ready to start repair

    I was able to turn boat over (by making a drainage hole) and got water out of sunfish. I started the leak test. So far just found a few along the metal trim. There has to be more given the amount of water that was in there. In the meantime I was going to order inspection ports, if someone has a...
  18. L&VW

    Deck Repair Suggestions

    Supported by the tub, the inside edge has taken some hits. Over the years, this damage has progressed to the point that it has become a thorn in my backside. :confused:. I'll be using epoxy. That I can see, there's no alternative but to grind down into the edge of the tub, and build up several...
  19. M

    Newly Acquired Sunfish

    Hello, I recently acquired a 1977 sunfish! Very excited about sailing it this summer. Hull came in weighing about 160lb. That was before removing the drain plug and emptying it out. Once the weather got warmer, I decided to start looking into cutting an inspection port a few inches aft of...
  20. Kal-El

    Repair badly damaged bow; PLEASE HELP

    My wife and I purchased a 1973 Sunfish last summer. It was in great shape and we cartopped it for the long ride home. We got it home with no issues and, after a few minor repairs and a new sail, we headed off to the lake. We are newbie sailors and spent the day practicing. After finishing...
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