Sunfish ID help

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Just picked this baby up for free! I know by the new style rudder and the metal trim that it was made between 72 and 87. My son says that the all wood rudder and tiller plus the blue deck means built in 82. I have found the SN yet. 20170813_185913.jpg
 

beldar boathead

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Looks like it just came out of the factory! Amazing shine. Your son is off by a decade on the nose. It is a 1972. That was the only year there were stripes only on the bow along with the new style rudder. After that, there were stripes on the fore and aft decks. The only issue with those boats is they came with a very small centerboard, as the factory started providing the same board with the Sunfish and Minifish.
 
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Is this the same year with the leaky hull? I just washed it so it is wet hence the shine. There is very little damage other than a few nicks and bumps. The bottom of the cockpit has had a crack repaired. Other than that for a 45 year old boat it seems to be in awesome shape. I have never sailed but my son (17) teaches sailing MB, along with every other water MB, at BSA summer camp.

So a little back story on how I acquire it for free.

I was on a Kayak trip with our Boy Scout troop for a week. I mentioned to on of my fellow ASM's (Assistant Scout Master) that I was looking for a Sunfish for my son. He said wow I know someone who wants to give our troop one but it was decided we didn't want it. He gave me her # and now it's ours. Both her son and grandson were in our troop so she wanted to pass it to a Scout.
 
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Ahhh I just stuck my head in the cockpit and saw the rough edge where the deck and hull meet. How is it that this couldn't be repaired? Seems like there should be a few repair options. I could fill with tiger hair and smooth it out and make it water tight. I could also use some white silicone. I'll fix that right up!
 

L&VW

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Ahhh I just stuck my head in the cockpit and saw the rough edge where the deck and hull meet. How is it that this couldn't be repaired? Seems like there should be a few repair options. I could fill with tiger hair and smooth it out and make it water tight. I could also use some white silicone. I'll fix that right up!
I haven't made a study of those seam edges of each of my three Sunfish, but it's possible that they all left the factory, "looking rough".

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I am planning on pressure testing the hull today. I have a cooling system pressure tester that I hope to make work. I can put a few psi in and control the pressure also watch the gauge. Probably gonna keep it at 2 to 3 pounds and see what I find.
 

L&VW

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I meant to add that, if you are comfortable with fiberglass repair, it couldn't hurt to reinforce an old boat's deck at that interface. Since viewing the damage done at the rear of the cockpit's deck, I've found spider-cracking all around the cockpit. If my former-racer Sunfish didn't have other serious issues, I'd run a two-inch—and followed by—a 1-inch tape epoxied all around that seam. Here's what's likely to eventually continue to creep around the cockpit—one very flexible corner :eek: :

 
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I WAS an aircraft mechanic for about 15 years. Four of those I spent doing quite a bit of composite repairs to flight control surfaces and fairings. I'll probably hang it upside down with some straps from the barn roof and sand it down to fiberglass then do a layup all the way around.

Gonna let the boy sail it a few time before it gets too cold. I'll make it water tight first quick.
 

mixmkr

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I'd think a neatly done bead of caulk could accomplish similar results. Less effort. Otherwise, you HAVE to hang upside down on your knees and fiberglass with the boat upright. Turning the boat over isn't fair! You work on a boat, you get in uncomfortable positions. That's typically a requirement!
 

mixmkr

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A plus is that the original metal Depersia bailer is intact with all the pieces. Gonna take it off carefully and clean it up.
I did the same, but had to go to my neighbor's shop to get a socket to fit the nut on the cockpit sole side. It was a weirdo size, that I don't remember now. But it wasn't something as simple as 1.25" or the like.

BTW, with the boat on its' side, I could reach both sides of the bailer. I think I might have had a pipe wrench on the outside of the boat, since the nut is recessed on the inside. It's been a fresh water boat so it all came apart pretty easily....even being a '69
 
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I have a socket that will fit. I may warm it a bit and spray it with some PB Blaster. Just warm not hot. The brass will move a bit and break any corrosion in the threads.

Although I appreciate a challenge I've spent too many hours in uncomfortable positions. How about I hang it upside down and just pretend I was bent like a pretzel for hours.
 
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Didn't do it yet. Gonna try this week. My son wants to sail it. He said come Saturday he is taking it out so I better do it. Alan S Glos is stopping by to look it over tomorrow too.
 

L&VW

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I have a socket that will fit. I may warm it a bit and spray it with some PB Blaster. Just warm not hot. The brass will move a bit and break any corrosion in the threads.

Although I appreciate a challenge I've spent too many hours in uncomfortable positions. How about I hang it upside down and just pretend I was bent like a pretzel for hours.
Brass? :confused:

 
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