Sunday, July 20, 2014

The Sunfish Owner's Manual by Small Boat Restoration

We just published The Sunfish Owner's Manual, 144 pages of info with 230 color photographs.

From SBR 2013

The Sunfish Owner's Manual is a one stop resource for the world's most popular sailboat. Inside there are chapters on the History of the Sunfish, and illustrated chapters on how to Buy, Rig, Sail, Maintain, Restore, Store, Transport and Sell the Sunfish. The Restore Chapter includes Do It Yourself pictures and step by step details on how to conduct common repairs, including foam replacements and rudder conversions. The Manual has an extensive Illustrated Glossary of Sunfish and sailing terms, with 230 photos by the author, taken in the course of numerous Sunfish restorations, for both wooden and fiberglass Sunfish as well as Sailfish. Included are weblinks to top Sunfish information sites, part suppliers and social network sites. There are also links to extended web content located on the author's youtube channel and over 1300 Picasa Web images. The Manual is not only a one stop reference for any Sunfish owner, it would be of interest to owners of other small sailboats as well.

The most fun chapter to write was the Illustrated Glossary, it includes all the nautical and Sunfish terms you need to know.

Get your copy today at Createspace: https://www.createspace.com/4286071?ref=1147694&utm_id=6026

Enjoy, and thanks for reading!

Fair Winds,
Kent

30 May 2014: 75 copies if The Sunfish Owner"s Manual have sold so far, new Second Editions showed up today. They include an added boat yard safety section and expanded Resources chapter.

07 Jul 2014: 100 Copies sold!

Friday, July 18, 2014

Skechers Go Walk = Boat Shoe?

The Skipper got a pair of Skecher Go Walk shoes and she really likes them. They fit comfortably on her foot, have some support and great cushion. The shoes also have a mesh top and good traction, so she is going to check them out for boat shoe duty.

From SBR 4: Jun 2014 -

Boat yard video

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Fair winds,
Kent

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Tuesday Tool Of The Week: Wagon

I find myself over in this corner of the garage quite a bit looking on the tool shelf for tools to work on our small boats. Each week we'll highlight a tool and discuss its use.

From Small Boat Restoration 2013

We also have a pegboard with Sunfish parts and storage for small hand tools like screw drivers, crescent wrenches, vise grips, small hammer, clamps and channel lock pliers.

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If you have a project and are looking to purchase these tools, check out the Tool section in our Small Boat Restoration Chandlery. We are Amazon.com Associates and advertise most of the tools listed below in our store. The online store easy to shop and convenient delivery to your door.

WARNiNG: We can be seriously or fatally injured working withsome of these tools. Please before you start a project, read the manual and wear the appropriate safety gear. Electrical shock is a severe hazard in boatyards, so increase your awareness of shock hazards, and take steps to eliminate or reduce risk. Another good idea is to seek training from someone who has experience. Most important, take your time and have fun

Here is a list of the tools we use:

Awl
14 Jan 2013: The scratch awl is a long, pointed spike used to prick patterns, or scribe a line on wood with the grain. It makes a nice hole and then you connect the dots for straight lines or fair in a curve with a batten. Not to be confused with the screech owl, which keeps us up at night and stalks our cat.

From SBR 3: Jan 2014-

Batten

10 Jun 2014: A breaker bar is a long non-ratcheting bar that is used with socket wrench style sockets. Breaker bars are used to 'break loose' very tight fasteners because their additional length allows the same amount of force to generate significantly more torque than a standard socket wrench.

From SBR 3: Jan 2014 - Jun 2014


Broom (Fox tail and dust pan)
31 Dec 2013: Foxtail and dustpan combo comes in handy to sweep up a small area, easier to maneuver than a full size broom, and takes up minimum space.

From SBR 3: Jan 2014-

Bucket
04 Fev 2014: A bucket is useful to carry several tools to and from the work site, to bail out rainwater and for wash downs. Also can be used as ice bucket for favorite beverage.

From SBR 3: Jan 2014-

Buffer
22 Oct 2013: A small 6 inch car buffer comes in handy for applying and removing fiberglass restorer and wax.

From Small Boat Restoration

-Caulk gun
24 Dec 2013: The caulk gun is useful for dispensing marine adhesives and sealants. I used mine for years before I learned that there is a tip cutter built into the handle Once finished, you can put a screw into the tip end to seal it back up, that will save some sealants for later use.

From SBR 2013

Chisel Rasp
11 Feb 2014: The chisel rasp is used to shape and smooth wooden parts as well as rough shaping of epoxy putty.

From SBR 3: Jan 2014-

Clamps
-Adjustable
-Hand
03 Dec 2013: Spring clamps and adjustable clamps are useful to hold pressure on the deck, rudder and daggerboard repairs while sealants and adhesives dry.

From SBR 2013

Drill
11 Sep 2013: A cordless power drill can be used to drill holes for hardware or remove and insert screws. Most jobs on the Sunfish are small enough that the battery(ies) will last, saving us from hauling around power cords. Our latest cordless drill came in a Porter Cable set that also included jigsaw, circular saw, reciprocating saw and work light attachments, they all share the same battery pack and all have been used for boat or trailer restorations.

From Small Boat Restoration 2013

-Bits

Drill Press
File
29 Oct 2013: Half round 4-in-one hand rasp and file is useful for daggerboard trunk repairs. The tool combines a medium and fine rasp and file in one tool, 8" long, curved on one side, flat on the other. The curved and flat sides match up well with the contours of the trunk. Use double tooth file for rapid material removal and single tooth file for fine shaping.

From Small Boat Restoration 2013

Folgers coffee can
19 Nov 2013: A pointer from Captain Jack, a Folger's coffee can is essential to hold hardware while it is removed from the boat. The new plastic ones are easier on the gelcoat too :)

From SBR 2013

Grinder

Hammer
11 Mar 2014: A hammer is useful to tap rudder spring pins in and out of place. It also can be used to shape deck edge trim and drive in the small metal pins that hold mast caps.

From SBR 3: Jan 2014-

Knife
-Putty
08 Apr 2014: The putty knife is useful to scrape old sealant off of the hull, and can be used to split the seam on pre 1988 boats ("flat tops"). Also useful to apply epoxy putty and fairing compound.

From SBR 3: Jan 2014-

15 Apr 2014: Splitting a deck/ hull seam, used hammer to tap putty knife down the seam.

From SBR 3: Jan 2014-

-Xacto
10 Dec 2013: Tuesday Tool Of The Week: X-ACTO knives are useful to cut line and remove failed sealant and adhesive. Tip: Put 2 wraps of 1 inch blue tape around line before cutting, then cut through tape. That helps reduce fraying of the new ends.

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Mallet
08 Jan 2014: Wooden mallet is good for hitting things....and for setting grommets.....

From SBR 3: Jan 2014-

Moaning Chair
13 May 2014: The "Moaning Chair" is an essential tool to have, the place where you sit and ponder what you have either just screwed up or are about to screw up with all of your other tools. Moaning chairs come in all shapes and sizes and can be found next to favorite beverages.

From SBR 3: Jan 2014-

17 Jun 2014: Multi piece tool kit is useful for trailer work, deck hardware and inspection ports. The items that get used the most are ratchet, wrenches, screwdriver and pliers. That Craftsman kit was passed along from my Uncle and has seen years of service.

From SBR 4: Jun 2014 -

Paint and Prep
-Brush
25 Feb 2014: Tuesday ToolOf The Week: A paint brush is used to apply paint. A good 3 inch trim brush works for tipping paint, smaller brushes work for touch up and stripes.

From SBR 3: Jan 2014-

-Plastic Spreader
28 Jan 2014: The spreader can be used to mix epoxy putty and spread the putty onto surfaces for fairing. Also can be used to work epoxy or polyester resin into fiberglass cloth and squeeze out excess. They come in various sizes and can be cut to fit.

From SBR 3: Jan 2014-

From SBR 3: Jan 2014-


-Roller
18 Feb 2014: The paint roller is an application tool used to apply paint rapidly and effectively. It has a roller frame with handle and a replaceable cover. A 3/16 inch nap mohair cover is good for the hull, available at local Marine stores or online.

From SBR 3: Jan 2014-

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-Stir stick
21 Jan 2014: The stir stick is used to stir paint, mix epoxy, can be made into shims. It also can be cut down to size so we can can apply epoxy putty into tight spaces like daggerboard wells and mast tubes. Best of all, they are usually free!

From SBR 3: Jan 2014-

-Tray
Pliers
-Channel lock
12 Nov 2013: Channel Lock brand is known for its blue handled, slip joint pliers. They adjust to several sizes and are useful to grip hardware or tighten bailer nuts.

From Small Boat Restoration 2013

-Electricians
-Vise Grip
12 Nov 2013: Vise grip pliers (to right of blue handled pliers) are adjustable and lock into place. Useful to hold nuts while tightening bolts

From Small Boat Restoration 2013

Polish wheel
Random orbital sander
17 Sep 2013: This 5 inch random orbital sander is used to remove old paint, cracked gelcoat and smooth out epoxy putty. The discs attach with a hook and loop system and your local hardware store offers discs in grits ranging from 80 up to 400 and above. For fast material removal I use 80 grit and for gelcoat wax prep I use 400. The sander has a small bag to collect dust but you can also hook it up to your shop vac.

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04 Mar 2014: Tip: Keep the receipt, they have a one year replacement guarantee, and I have been through two sanders now, working on the third.

From SBR 3: Jan 2014-

Rivet gun
08 OCT 2013: Rivet guns are used to install "blind" rivets for deck trim, coaming and the boom blocks. The gun draws a shaft (mandrell) into the rivet barrel to expand it and hold the rivet tight in a predrilled hole. Once the mandrel is pulled to a certain tension it snaps off at the top of the rivet. Here is my one handed riveting video.

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Rivet nut setter
25 Mar 2014: The rivet nut setter anvil threads into a machine screw rivetnut, then rivnut is inserted into a deck hole. Squeezing the handle pulls the anvil, which compresses the rivnut barrel and causes it to expand inside the hole, That action wedges and clamps the rivnut into place. Anvil is then unscrewed from the rivnut, and a machine screw is used to attach the splashguard (on older boats).

From SBR 3: Jan 2014-

From SBR 3: Jan 2014-

Safety
-Dust mask
-Ear plugs
-Gloves

27 May 2014: Personal Protection Equipment is essential to save your eyes and ears. With these glasses I was able to tie the earplugs to the ear pieces, that keeps them readily accessible.

From SBR 4: Jun 2014 -

-Respirator

Saw
-Circular
-Foam
-Jigsaw
05 Nov 2013: The jigsaw is used to cut curves and almost straight lines :) It comes in handy for cutting the hole for an inspection port, using a blade with 14 teeth per inch (TPI) or greater for a smooth cut. Tip: If your deck is in nice shape, tape over it before cutting to prevent scratches from jigsaw footplate.

From Small Boat Restoration 2013

Here is the cutout for a rudder conversion for 1960-1971 Sunfish:

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Jigsaw used to cut out handrail for Super Sailfish MKII:

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-Radial Arm
-Reciprocating

-Spiral
22 Apr 2014: The spiral saw is a high speed, circular cutting tool designed to make plunge and free-hand cuts in a variety of materials. I did this cut for a bailer hole freehand but you can also buy a circle guide attachment for a larger hole, like the hole for the inspection port.

From SBR 3: Jan 2014-

-Table
24 Jun 2014: A table saw is a circular saw housed in a table, the saw can be adjusted up and down or angled. A bench top saw like the one pictures can handle most small jobs, is lightweight and can be stored easily. Longer materials can be cut by placing an out feed table behind the saw.

From SBR 4: Jun 2014 -


Scraper
-Glass and Tile
29 Apr 2014: Stanley glass and tile blade scraper is handy to remove old adhesive and flaky paint jobs. Also old tape stripes.

From SBR 3: Jan 2014-

06 May 2014: Stanley Glass and Tile Scraper has a fully retractable blade for storage, 3-position slider (closed, open, blade change), ergonomic handle design – comfortable for extended use, no-slip grip, high-visibility yellow for easy location and thick, durable blade resists bending/breaking.
It works great removing old stripes and adhesives, the wider blade helps prevent gelcoat gouges. And the high visibility yellow has come in handy a few times

From SBR 3: Jan 2014-



Screwdriver
-Phillips
-Standard
24 Sep 2013: Screwdriver(s) are used to tighten and remove screws on the boat, good idea to have one at the ramp. There are two types, a "standard" screwdriver that has a flat blade and a "Phillips" that has a crosshead blade. Most of the newer deck and rudder hardware uses Phillips screws, the bronze gooseneck and and possible gudgeon require a flat blade. On Zip, a 1953 Sunfish, all of the original bronze screws were slotted.
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Phillips screw head

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Standard screw head

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20 May 2014: The Standard screwdriver has a flat blade and is used to remove/ install screws on older boats. Larger standard screwdrivers used for drain plug and gooseneck screws.

From SBR 4: Jun 2014 -

18 Mar 14:
Yankee Driver is a spiral driver used to drill holes and rotate screws, it predates electric drills. A Yankee Driver is featured in several ALCORT publications, used to assemble kits and factory boats.

From SBR 3: Jan 2014-

From SBR 3: Jan 2014-

01 Apr 14: BIG screwdriver works best to loosen and tighten deck mounted metal drain plug.

From SBR 3: Jan 2014-

Sponge
Scissors
01 Oct 2013: Scissors can be used to cut rope into line for halyards, sheets and bridles, daggerboard retainers, etc...Put a wrap of tape around the line first to reduce fraying, cut and then seal ends with heat and line whip. And don't run with scissors...

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Tape measure
17 Dec 2013: Tape measures come in handy when making wood parts. Also when buying spars and masts make sure to measure, they should be 13' 9" and 10', so a 16 foot tape come in handy.

From SBR 2013

Tape
-Duct
-Gaff
-Gorilla
Tool box
Trees
Vacuum
-Wet/Dry
26 Nov 2013: Shop vac is used to vacuum leftover Sunfish bits and can be attached to sander to reduce dust. Also can be changed to a wet vac to get water out of a hull.

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Wagon
08 Jul 14: The tool wagon comes in handy for moving tools and the water jug to remote work sites. Sides can be taken off to move lumber, this wagon carted around 2x6x16 pressure treated lumber for the small boat dock.

From SBR 4: Jun 2014 -

Wrench
-Crescent
-Socket
-Torque