Wednesday, April 29, 2020

1953 Alcort Sunfish ZIP 29 Apr 20 Screw Holes

29 Apr 20:

Pulled the screws and washers from our 1953 Alcort Sunfish ZIP. Mixed TotalBoat THIXO Wood, a thickened epoxy adhesive through the mixing tube and dispensed it into a syringe, then filled the screw holes with the THIXO. Also built up a few low spots around the repair area with THIXO, we'll sand that and do a light fairing over the area with TotalFair. We don't want it too smooth, we want the area to retain its wood grain satin finish characteristic vs be smooth and shiny like gelcoat.

THIXO Wood 2 part resin and hardener flowing through the mixing tube.

Filled the screw holes so that ZIP won't have a subsonic whistle. Supersonic whistling okay.

Filled in a few low spots with THIXO, but not too much. We'll sand that and the fair it just a bit with TotalFair fairing compound, but work to retain as much wood grain as we can. Might even mold some in.

Log of ZIP.

Tuesday, April 28, 2020

1953 Alcort Sunfish ZIP 28 Apr 20 Letterbox Plug and Backer Plate

28 Apr 20:

THIXO Wood for the backer plate.

Held the backer plate in position with deck screws and fender washers. The washers keep the screws from pulling through the deck as the backer plate is pulled tight.

Pulled the letterbox plug tight with a deck screw and fender washer.

Used some cord to pull the backer patch tight until screws were installed.

We'll let the THIXO dry for 24 hours, then remove the screws and fill the screw holes with more THIXO.

Log of ZIP.

Rabl Midge BLUFF RATTY 28 Apr 20 Oar Locks

28 Apr 20:

We haven't started building our Rabl Midge BLUFF RATTY yet, but we did score some nice Wilcox and Crittenden oar locks on ebay.

Log of Bluff Ratty.
Wilcox and Crittenden.

Canvas Bailer Bucket

28 Mar 20:

We wanted a small bailer bucket, and wanted something that didn't take up a lot of space. Why not try a collapsible canvas bucket? We'll test it during Sea Trials, but not by swamping a boat.

Monday, April 27, 2020

1953 Alcort Sunfish ZIP 27 Apr 20 Letterbox Hull Repair

27 Apr 20:

Worked on our Alcort Sunfish ZIP's hull, prepping the puncture area for a Letterbox repair. I wasn't sure why it is called letterbox but it appears that this is the type of repair that would have been done to a door that had a mail slot cut into it, a way to repair that slot. Maybe we add 2 mail slots to ZIP and we're finished!

We marked the repair area so that we cut out lines that were parallel and had rounded ends. The goal was to cut away the damaged plywood and as little more as possible past that. We looked around the Carriage House for objects that were about the same width as the puncture and also for objects that had the end circumference that we needed. The items we found were a THIXO tube, a square and a roll of waxed thread. Here's the rough trim before we shaped the ends.

Used the THIXO tube to mark the parallel sides with Sharpie.

Scribed the circumference.

The long repair was about the width of the metal square. The waxed thread roll was used to scribe circumference.

We used the jigsaw to trim away broken bits, cut to the line on the sides and cut just a little shy on the ends. Then we used the Kobalt diamond file to get the final shape on the ends.

Letterbox repair video:

Next we needed to plane down some 1/2 inch marine ply to make it 17/64th inches, put it through 12 passes on the DeWalt tabletop planer and used the Dust Deputy to collect the sawdust. Normally for solid wood we'd plane both sides, alternating sides on each pass, but for plywood we kept the good face down and planed only one side, as we knew we'd go through the veneer ply and some glue along the way.

Compared the planed plywood thickness to ZIP's hull thickness.

We made the internal backer plates about an inch wider all around the letterbox patch, marked the hull then transferred those marks to the repair plywood. Our found shop object to mark the 1 inch was our 2 foot level, it is about an inch wide.

The X marks which line to cut.

Repair backer plates cut out, they will be epoxied to the inside of the hull.

We cut 2 of each for the backer plates, and then put one inside the hull to trace the shape of the hole.

One piece of plywood will be trimmed to letterbox patch shape. All of our clamps are named for family and friends, my brother Kirk's clamp held the backer plate in place while we worked on shaping the letterbox patch for the smaller hole.

We cut out the letterbox patch with a jigsaw, to the line on the sides and left the ends a bit proud. Then we used the diamond file to sneak up on the fit of the ends. We do not want the fit to be super tight, as we want a little space around the perimeter to be filled with the thickened epoxy.

Two backer plates and one letterbox patch ready to go, one more letterbox to be cut out and trimmed to shape.

Log of ZIP.

Saturday, April 25, 2020

1953 Alcort Sunfish ZIP 25 Apr 20 Hull Puncture

25 Apr 20:

Marked out damaged plywood to be removed. There is a frame just to the left so we don't want to cut too far in that direction. A letterbox repair is planned with an internal backer plate.

Log of ZIP.

1969 Alcort Catfish SMEDLEY 25 Apr 20 Rigging

25 Apr 20:

Raised the mast on our Alcort Catfish, Skipper walked it up from behind the boat as high as she could, then I used the trailer winch, hooked to the forestay to crank it up the rest of the way. Skipper moved around to the upwind side and steadied the mast with the side stay.

Adjustable side stays, SMEDLEY uses pin hole 5.

Rigging and hull details video:

Previous owner added paddle brackets on the stern.

Capsize straps and hull snaps. Tools and materials ordered to build replacement straps.

Hiking strap will be replaced also.

Deck drain.

Chocolate chip cookie cubbies.

Centerboard control line jam cleat.

Feathering mast.

Forestay bridle tangs.

Closer to launch.

The boom.

Forestay Highfield lever.

Highfield lever video: