Sunfish Tools...

L&VW

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'Just bought four ear protectors at a Dollar Tree store. Because they're only $1 each :cool: and adequate for most home power tools, there's always one at hand. Be gentle with them, as the ear pieces are loosely bedded in rubber parts, plus, the headband can be broken. :oops: I repaired one with steel banding—wrapped with string, and epoxied—but could have replaced it with much less effort. :rolleyes:

Dollar Tree ("Where everything's a dollar") also has $1 needle-nose pliers (with cutters). :cool: Same story: there's one at hand, everywhere there's a project. Select for the best final-finish, as QC isn't what it could be. :confused: One loosened up, but got tightened with a steel punch strike to the center pin. :)
 

L&VW

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Hardly any surface on an automobile body is dead-straight, but I've used an automotive "straight-line" air-sander to great effect. :cool:

'Haven't used it on a Sunfish yet. :oops: While Harbor Freight says they are "on sale" :rolleyes: I think this price can be beaten elsewhere. Notice HF is comparing prices with a brand not sold anywhere elsebut HF! :confused:
 

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L&VW

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In addition to the above, eBay is selling "refurbished" tools—and this one, at $49, caught my eye. :cool:

Except for the smallest of inspection ports, anyone OK with using it?

One negative reviewer said "he'd burned it up, as it's underpowered". Dunno about that, maybe wrong choice of cutting wheel?
 

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I'd saved only the chargers and batteries, when the 4-foot tidal surge from Hurricane Irma wiped out my Ryobi portable drill collection. :( But moving on...

I've had many occasions to drag my Sunfish hither and yon: occasionally over sand, but mostly over grasses of varying lengths and fiber. While a heavy line attached to the bow handle helps, I've added a nifty gadget known as a snatch block to the drag coefficient.

Why they're so expensive to buy, I don't know. For free, I've rescued two from come-a-longs I'd over-revved—and had to throw out. (Also known as cable winches). Wrapping the hook part with electrical tape or shrink tubing will preserve the finish on the bow handle.

Attach one end of your towing line to a tree, run the line through this block, and you've reduced the physical effort of pulling a Sunfish a great deal!

Run out of line before moving the boat? Find another object, like another tree or a boulder to attach the line to. Rinse, repeat. :)

 

L&VW

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Try to find American-made vises. :cool:

This fifty-dollar one (@ 45 pounds) is from China, and I managed to break it! :confused:

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