New owner, older hull Serial# 010013 refurbishing for my daughter

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I have just bought an older Sunfish serial# 010013. I have pressure tested the hull and it is fine but I really feel I should remove the aluminum rub rail and deck to allow a thorough go over inside the hull. So my questions are:
1. Is there any information/pictures available as to how they are put together and what the inside of the hull and underside of the deck look like?
2. Is it possible to find new rub rail or is there an alternate that anyone has used?
3. I have read several threads about refinishing and seen reference to Marine Tex and re-gel coating, what about Awlgrip?
4. Are the decorative lines on the bow and stern painted or adhesive stickers. I haven't attacked then with a scraper yet
I am sure I shall be a regular visitor with questions so thanks in advance for your help/advice/opinions.
Attached a picture at the start point

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You should see a model year number on the right side of the stern. You boat looks good and I would not open it up. If you need to use ports. If the boat is dry the block the hardware is attached to should be good. If you do have to replace a bridle as an example only undo one screw per side. You have a dry boat go sailing.
 

beldar boathead

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The stripes actually are gelcoat. If you attack them with a scraper nothing will happen except they will look scratched and ugly.

Taking the deck off is unwise. Even in cases of waterlogged foam in the hull it can usually be dried out using inspection ports. Trying to put the deck back on is difficult and usually does not work out well. That old metal trim is hard to find. No reason not to put the same trim back on if you have to take it off for some reason.

That boat is not particularly old in the scheme of things. It is from the mid '80s. You should tip it up on edge on a bathroom scales. If it weighs over 130 it has water in it, either running around in it or soaked into the foam.

Painting is usually a bad idea unless the boat's gelcoat is in awful shape. Gelcoat is low maintenance - paint is not.
 

L&VW

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Looks like your new Sunfish just needs a little touching-up. The aluminum trim might respond to an abrasive polish.

The bridle is a little shaded to tell its condition, but there's a Veteran who will make a new one for $20. (eBay).
 
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The stripes actually are gelcoat. If you attack them with a scraper nothing will happen except they will look scratched and ugly.

Taking the deck off is unwise. Even in cases of waterlogged foam in the hull it can usually be dried out using inspection ports. Trying to put the deck back on is difficult and usually does not work out well. That old metal trim is hard to find. No reason not to put the same trim back on if you have to take it off for some reason.

That boat is not particularly old in the scheme of things. It is from the mid '80s. You should tip it up on edge on a bathroom scales. If it weighs over 130 it has water in it, either running around in it or soaked into the foam.

Painting is usually a bad idea unless the boat's gelcoat is in awful shape. Gelcoat is low maintenance - paint is not.
Thx for the suggestion about weighing it, great idea, that will be tomorrows task for sure
 
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So weighed the boat and it is about 135lbs so I guess not bad in the scheme of things. There is an inspection port just forward of the splash guard and looking in there reveals two of the polystyrene blocks are not attached any longer. I shall go ahead and dry the boat, I have a portable dehumidifier with a 3 inch hose that will provide warm air at slight positive pressure through the inspection hatch. Base on the previous comments I have abandoned any thoughts of separating hull and deck so my question today is should I try and reattach the polystyrene to the hull when dry and if so with what, I am thinking expanding foam.
 
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You already have the port and easy access to the blocks. Follow the directions for the 2-part pour then go sailing! At 135 you’re in great shape. I wouldn’t waste prime sailing time with a dehumidifier in your hull. If that’s needed at all do it off season. Looks like you’ve got a nice boat, just add water (after a bit o’ foam)
 
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I would like to thank everyone who has offered help with my little project. I am doing this for my daughter in TX and taking it down at Christmas from SC so I want it to be as good as new so she can enjoy it and not have much to do for a while other than enjoy it.
As for going sailing, I have that covered while I work on the Sunfish.
Thanks again to all who have contributed comments and wisdom
 

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