$25 Sunfish-It's true! I'll Prove It!

L&VW

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#22
BTW: fish don't drain well from the stern because of the foam and cockpit partitions. Moreover, there's a perfectly legitimate drain near the right hand splashguard.
I have a small daily input of water—perhaps a half-pint each day—but my splashguard drain is seized shut. :eek: That leak is likely at the daggerboard trunk—and I can live with a small leak like that. :)

After each day's sail, my Sunfish is stored on a steep wooden ramp, and it's easy to reach the transom, so why not install a drain on the transom's starboard side? :confused:
 
#24
I have a small daily input of water—perhaps a half-pint each day—but my splashguard drain is seized shut. :eek: That leak is likely at the daggerboard trunk—and I can live with a small leak like that. :)

After each day's sail, my Sunfish is stored on a steep wooden ramp, and it's easy to reach the transom, so why not install a drain on the transom's starboard side? :confused:
you sould try doing it and let us know how did it go, I don´t think the foam blocks will be a problem
 

Wavedancer

Upside down?
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#26
I have a small daily input of water—perhaps a half-pint each day—but my splashguard drain is seized shut. :eek: That leak is likely at the daggerboard trunk—and I can live with a small leak like that. :)

After each day's sail, my Sunfish is stored on a steep wooden ramp, and it's easy to reach the transom, so why not install a drain on the transom's starboard side? :confused:
Personally, I would rather replace the 'official' drain. Just drill out the screws and the old one should come out. Then install a new (plastic) one.

Considering the internal foam blocks (http://www.sunfishforum.com/content.php?pg=construction) the path for the water to get to the stern is pretty convoluted. But I must admit that the slope will help the drainage process.

:) Finding and fixing the leak would even be better :)

 
Thread starter #28
Messing around in the garage today, I made something to carry the mast roll while trailering. The stern mount is not real easy to see. I Made a "T" with some 1 1/2" pine and mounted two 2" corner brackets. It attaches to the rudder mount using 5/16 bolts through the corner brackets and big wing nuts to tighten things up. I covered it with bunk carpet. The front mount is plain old PVC scrap I had laying around. It all worked out pretty good.
 

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#29
Hey, that's pretty brilliant. I think you just found your retirement investment. I think I'm going to make something similar. BTW, I acquired a SF this year that I am refurbishing. I really like the black combing on the white deck. I haven't seen that before but it really stands out. Where did you get the aluminum bumper? How much was it? How difficult was it to reinstall? What tools were needed?
 
Thread starter #30
I got the aluminum rub rail at Lowes. It's 3/8" glass channel and comes in 8 foot sticks. I heated the channel to make the bends around corners. Still had to crimp the channel a little where it tried to flair at the bends. Easy to do and much cheaper than the original stuff which is way too expensive and only available in 5 foot sticks.
 
Thread starter #31
I sold the Sunfish for $1,550. I had spent about $900 on top of the original $25 I paid for boat and trailer so I cleared a little profit. With the money I bought a brand new 6hp Nissan long shaft outboard motor. Why? For my 1978 Pearson 26 One Design sailboat I found on Craigslist for $1,000. It was a better score than the $25 Sunfish. I'm on a roll!
 
#32
I found a 1975 Mutineer with trailer (mint) for 400$ earlier this year. Sails are old but usable. After a wash they were almost bright white. Maybe someone should start a forum where people can show off some of their rock bottom craigslist treasures.
 
#34
that's a nice boat, bob! what a neat color combination - I think you'd have a hard time finding a new sail in those colors. have you sailed it yet?

cheers,
thad
 
#36
Actually the sail was a tad dirty, but cleaned up like new. The rudder and dagger board are also like new. All the hardware were in old plastic bag. The only thing missing was that wood screw that holds the spring like shim that keeps the dagger board from popping up. I took her out a few days ago with a wind of about 3 to 5 miles an hour on a 23 acre lake that I'm on. I was very surprised at how fast and responsive she is. I think she was built in 72 or 73 from what little research I've done.
 
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