Sunfish Shack

We wanted an area to store a couple of Sunfish sailboats, under cover, and out of the mud, so they would be free of dirt, bird poop, pine sap, etc...We did not want anything too tall as pine needles would blow under it, and it would block part of our view of the water from inside the house. We planned to leave all sides open for air circulation and heat reduction.

v1.0 So we designed a low roof lean cover set on 6x6 pilings, with a shingle roof to match the house. Low pitch shingle roof not a good idea, it became a mildew factory. Dirt floor not good either, mud pit at times. But it kept off the pine needles and bird poop! Overall, it was a huge design failure and excess expenditure for materials, but I learned what Shack 2.0 needed. All of the old roof was cut off with a circular saw, I recommend using a dust mask and covering up exposed skin while doing that, I created lots of moldy sawdust!

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Salvaged lumber from Shack 1.0

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Free beach lumber!!

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v2.0 Renovated our sailboat shed, aka the Sunfish Shack. We changed the roof over to metal, added a deck and a ramp. The main function of the shed is to keep the pine needles, rain and sun(UV) off of the boats, keep them ready to go sailing without having to spend 30 minutes cleaning them up first. The old shed roof was lower, with plywood and shingles, and it leaked. The goal for shed 2.0 was to raise the front edge, lower the rear edge, remove excess roof support 2x6s, and add a deck with ramp to get trailers out of the mud that likes that shaded area.

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The new shed has 3 stalls, big enough to hold Seitech dollies or our double stack trailer. The roof is MasterRib 29 gauge metal from Lowes placed on 2x4 rafters and 1x4 purlins. The front 2x6 roof joist was moved from lower on the front of the 6x6 post to the top and secured on both sides with metal hurrican ties. That raised the front of the roof. The rear joist was lowered the width of a 2x4 on the rear posts, leaving enough room for the rafters and roof to clear the top of the posts. I also added a few racks by screwing 2x4s to the posts to store our restoration project boats Chip (wooden Sunfish) and Zsa Zsa (Super Sailfish). These can be removed when the boats go into the restoration queue.

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The wisteria likes the shed, it thinks it is one big trellis. I reused the 2x6x16s the front and rear roof joists and to frame the deck around the bottom of the posts. I had to buy the 2x4x16 rafters and 1x4 purlins to support and secure the metal roof, and reused hurricane ties to secure them to the joists. The roof is secured with a special metal roof washer and screw, screwed into the purlins. Since the roof is low I had to find a screw long enough to get fully into the 1x4 but not stick out under the roof and poke me in the head :)

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I framed the perimeter of the posts with rescued 2x6s. Underneath the deck i used 2x4s and 12 inch square pavers to support the deck. The deck was made from salvaged 2x6x16s cut down to 12 feet, with the scrap end beveled and used for the front ramp. I ran out of old lumber and ordered 2x6x12s to finish the deck, but 2x8x12s were delivered instead. I adapted and the deck/ramp came out real nice. There is enough room under the front half of the Shack to work on projects!

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The 2x4 deck joists are screwed into the 2x6 frame, I added some pavers mid span to prevent sag, although I don't plan to have much weight on the deck. I also leveled the dirt under the deck with sand to improve drainage. The deck is elevated off of the ground like a dock, so any heavy rain should run off behind the shack or is welcome to runoff underneath.

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18 Mar 2015: Current state of affairs at the Shack. 3 fiberglass Sunfish, one wooden Sunfish and one wooden Super Sailfish.

From SBR 4: Jun 2014 -

v3.0 The Sunfish Shack was so popular that we added 2 more stalls. Had to move the wisteria and it was not happy (fast forward it is growing back from underneath Bin 4).

v4.0 Added 2 parking spots for empty trailers at the end of the Shack, or if we get an oversize boat that won't fit under the low joists. Or if we get a catamaran that remains rigged and ready (SMEDLEY). Added wisteria on the end and extended the path behind the Shack.

15 Aug 18:

Current state of affairs. VICTORY headed off to her new homeport so Shack slot #2 was open, SUGAR immediately filled it. Current fleet L-R St. JACQUES, SUGAR 2, MADISON, PINKY, PHOENIX and WAVE.

27 Feb 19:

PHOENIX is airborne to make a temporary spot for ZSA ZSA.

14 Apr 19:

AMF Sunfish BOOMER headed off to her new homeport, time for Shack Tetris. Super Sailfish ZSA ZSA moved into the open stall and PHOENIX landed back on her dolly.

(L-R) Penobscot 14 ST. JACQUES, Alcort Super Sailfish ZSA ZSA, AMF Sunfish MADISON, AMF Sunfish PHOENIX, KM SUP PINKY and the ship that started it all, Alcort Sunfish WAVE. To learn more about each boat click on their page link off to the right.

29 Jun 19:

Current state of the Sunfish Shack, (L-R): Penobscot 14 ST. JACQUES, 1955 Alcort Super Sailfish ZSA ZSA, 1981 AMF Alcort Sunfish MADISON, 1982 AMF ALcort Sunfish PHOENIX and 1963 wooden Alcort Sunfish CHIP.

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