For a bow handle with factory machine screws, take 3 of the screws out, leave the 4th loose, swivel old bow handle out of the way. The bow handle may crumble but the screw will still be there. Put new bow handle on with one screw, snug it down. Remove last screw on old bow handle, swivel new handle into position and install the other 3 screws.
The wooden backer blocks were held in with a strip of fiberglass about as wide as the block, and also a blob of ?adhesive putty? Over the years the putty dries up, the fiberglass hanger can pop loose on one side or completely fall off, the wood rots and disintegrates or falls out of the hanger. It is my assumption that the metal backer plates are held in in a similar fashion, and that 50 years from now there will be similar stories of metal plates rattling around inside hulls.
Oh wait, here's a photo from Yahoo Sunfish_Sailor Photo Library showing how the metal backers were attached at one point, this is under the deck before the mast step hole was cut open. Blob O Putty, metal plate, fiberglass strip before resin applied. Name the plates.
DarkStar For your bow handle if it has machine screws you'll probably be okay. IF the backer falls off, then you can either repair like the factory tech would do, remove metal trim, split the seam back about 2 feet and work form inside. Reseal seam with fiberglass strip set in thickened epoxy and light clamping. Install trim. Gelcoat is not disturbed with this method. Or cut a hole to access inside and install a port or repair hole.
Here's a video showing how the new style gudgeon is installed, my guess is that the newer metal backer plates are similarly installed.
Well, you have to know what you're buying and know how fast you want to get it. snfish1 is Herb B. and he is a great ebay seller, fast shipper. Check out his other items. You can also post a Wanted Ad under the Forum link, Alan or Craig or we might have some vintage bits.
The thing with parts nowadays is to check with the online dealers to see if the part s in stock, otherwise you might get an email back saying the part is back ordered, or no email and wonder where the part is. Check to see if the charge went through, if it didn't that means your part is on back order. We have had hit or miss success with all of the LP Dealers and LP themselves.
Annapolis Performance Center (APS)
Sunfishdirect aka TOAD Marine
Sunfishsailboats.com aka Yankee Boating Center
Most of these business have real people answering the phone, at Yankee Boating Center you could even tell them the colors of your boat/sail and they would match the lines to it.
The question for today for the assembled gurus is:
How much structural integrity does the aluminum rub rail and associated rivets provide to the hull and deck joint? I am thinking to remove and replace with a PVC rub rail. I probably could replace the rivets.
I would fix the blocks and get your daughter sailing. You have a nice boat I would not be putting extra cost into it. The aluminum trim can take a good hit like a dock and be fine. PVC will transfer the force right to the fiber glass which may need to be repaired. If someone is learning to sail I would want the aluminum trim.
Sailflow has a great point, the trim protects the seam, it could be split from a hard hit. We find a lot of split seams up on the forward quarters and on the stern corners, the bow and abeam the cockpit where boats are dropped....wait, that is the entire seam, isn't it?! For 28 years they used aluminum trim, I'd stick with that.