can these cracks be fixed?

Thread starter #1
Hello,

I'm looking at buying a Sunfish, on a budget. I've found a boat (early 70s) with some cracks on the hull. I would like to ask your opinion if these are fixable.

Any help appreciated. Thanks,
-lajos





 
#2
The center board trunk takes lots of stress, fixing it might be very tricky. You'll have to put inspection ports in to be able to tell how bad she is on the inside.

easy fix, nope. just my opinion..
how much are they asking?
more pictures would help..
 
#4
$300??? just for the shell?

i'd expect to see some decent hardware on her, dagger, rudder, sail, mast, spars etc.


mock estimate for fixup
new dagger- $200
new rudder-$250
new sail $300
etc.

plus atleast 20hours manual labor and cost of materials to fix it.
 
Thread starter #7
$300 for the whole sailboat, including hardware and sail. I will try to get some more pictures.

I don't mind doing the work, as long as it's fixable...
 
#8
well, if you're going to fix her you have many people here that would be happy to help you out.

everything looks fixable, just might not be easy..

the interior floats might also be in bad shape. was it kept covered?
did you check for softspots?
is the fiberglass still flexible or does it crack loud when you put pressure on it??
is the hull free of bulges?
did you pull at the seams on the sail to make sure they hold?
 
Thread starter #10
Supposedly the dropped something on it, that's how that hole is there.

Thanks for the list of things to check. I will do all that next time I see it.
 
#12
Patience is key when buying a SF on a budget, if you're willing to wait and continually scan ads and craigslist eventually something far better is going to pop up. I got a nice '76 SF in sailable condition for $200 by waiting until I found the right posting.
 
#13
i got mine fur freee.

the guy was like "haul it off to the dump"!
"i've always wanted my own Sunfish", i said!

pics below.

came with a nice racing sail..
i dont mean to brag.. but there are soo many out there in closets and such. i dream of it~

and they dream to be found..
 
#15
Unlike a Cessna, I'll bet a SF has never been parted out due to due to mouse pee.


That's not some cracks, that's major cracks and holes. The crack near the tub is a compound curve, going to take a lot of manual sanding work.

I'd only pay $50 if:
1. I had experience with major fiberglass repairs and wanted to practice.
2. I was good with gel coat, (I suck).
3. All the parts were there.

Usable SF around my area are about $250 for fair condition, ready to sail.
 
#16
I have been watching this very same boat, on Craig's List, for a while now. I think he ( the current seller) is over simplifing the discription/ repairs and how easy it is to car top it.
I paid $100 for one of mine a year ago, and it needed similar repairs . I wouldn't touch it for anything over $100. You will need a lot of elbow grease, and glass work, which will take time from sailing it this season( and some money). You can find one in better shape for just a little more money, and be out sailing it and repairing/ upgrading at your liesure ( unless you are looking for a long term project for winter).

Just my thoughts on it....
 

EN2

New Member
#17
I bought a 74 for $250 an sailed it the day I bought it. Anything is fixable if you have the ability and the time. $300 for a boat that is going to require alot of work sound like a lot to me. I'd be patient and look for one that you can sail right away and not you have to work on till next spring.
 
#18
well, if you're going to fix her you have many people here that would be happy to help you out.

everything looks fixable, just might not be easy..

the interior floats might also be in bad shape. was it kept covered?
did you check for softspots?
is the fiberglass still flexible or does it crack loud when you put pressure on it??
is the hull free of bulges?
did you pull at the seams on the sail to make sure they hold?
what causes bulges in the hull and fiberglass to crack when pressure is put on it? I recently bought a sunfish and am facing these problems. Are they big issues?
 

Wayne

Member Emeritus
#19
what causes bulges in the hull and fiberglass to crack when pressure is put on it? I recently bought a sunfish and am facing these problems. Are they big issues?
Pictures would be a big help in providing some insight.

Basketball size or larger, quarter size and smaller?
 
#20
maybe about the size of your hand if you were to lay it on the hull. Not very raised but still noticeable in the right light.. I will try and post some pics
 
Top