|From Small Boat Restoration|
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Phoenix, Eduardo and Wave
|From Small Boat Restoration|
22 Feb 18:
Phoenix needed a little TLC, she had a few leaks and we did an air leak test to figure out where the trouble spots are. We found several, the 2 big culprits being in the bailer hole seam and the daggerboard trunk. The funniest was Mt Vesuvius blowing out the rivet hole in the coaming.
We sealed up those areas with Pettit Flexpoxy, and we also put Marine-Tex epoxy putty over several areas where gelcoat had chipped.
We also sanded the coaming in prep for paint and installed the aluminum cockpit trim that our buddy Alan sent us.
28 Apr 18:
1982 AMF Sunfish PHOENIX out for sea trials after repairs to leaks in the daggerboard trunk, bailer hole seam, chine and coaming. She sailed great and Skipper did a few donuts. No leaks!
04 Jun 18:
Day sail then we color coded the rudder blades and daggerboards for MADISON, WAVE and PHOENIX.
29 Jun 19:
Took our 1965 Alcort Sunfish WAVE and 1982 AMF Alcort Sunfish PHOENIX out for a day sail Skipper raided the North coast of the bay and I searched for prizes on the South shore. 10-12 mph wind, light chop on the bay, 85F heat index, scattered clouds. Water temp 85. Wind usually dies around 1000 so we headed back. On the way back, PHOENIX and I caught a fish! Not on purpose! I was sailing close to a dock and didn't notice that someone had left some lines out. As I went by the two fishing lines slid across the the gaff, caught at the top of the mast and turned me into the dock. Thunk. I was able to sail backwards a bit, pulled up the daggerboard and used it as a paddle to get clear of the dock. As PHOENIX and I completed our donut, the fishing line slid down leech of the sail and caught on the boom end cap. As we sailed off the line ran over the end of the boom and up comes a fish on the hook, over the end of the boom and then it plopped back into the water. A yelled "Fish On!" to the neighbors and PHOENIX and I sailed home to tell the Skipper our fish tale. It was about an 8 inch bass, under a pound.
Marine Traffic Control Board updated.
03 Apr 20:
Transom graphics for WAVE, designed and cut by See Level Graphics in Pensacola, FL.
PHOENIX got tagged also.
11 Jul 20:
Air Temp 84F, Dewpoint 80F. Water Temp 78F. Winds NNW 10-13. Light swell.
Peeked outside this morning to check the status of the Saharan dust and Heat Warning. Nice wind from the NNW and it wasn't a sauna yet, so we launched our Sunfish PHOENIX and MADISON. Skipper launched first in PHOENIX and I followed. 2 boats out, so a race ensued.
Results: Skipper won, I DNFd but got back to the shade first.
11 Jul 20:
A conversation in The Sunfish Forum got us motivated to launch our 1981 Sunfish MADISON (green and blue sail) and 1982 Sunfish PHOENIX this morning, because I couldn't remember which tiller setup was on which boat. I think every boat has something different.
After we got back we cleaned up the boats and took some pictures
Just to confuse everyone, we made our own tillers, they come up just short of the cockpit so Skipper can steer with her leg or her upper leg (butt) while she slides around the aft cockpit edge to tack.
Another custom length tiller with a Ronstan Batttlestick 31 inchish. The extension gets used on occasion, mostly when ghosting and reclining in the cockpit.
Color coded blade tips. I hope Skipper doesn't change her mind on which tiller she likes on which boat.
On to halyard and gooseneck settings, how we like it. See how the aft end of PHOENIX's boom (near boat) is peaked up a little more than MADISON?
Both rigs are set to Geezer Rig, plenty of cockpit boom clearance. Both sails are tied 5 sail rings down from the top grommet, or the 6th grommet down, approx 60 inches.
PHOENIX's gooseneck is set at 20 7/8 inches aft of the interlocking bolt.
MADISON's gooseneck is set at 23 3/8 inches aft of the interlocking bolt.
27 Dec 20:
Sanded deck this morning, applied final coat of TotalFair, let it dry 8 hours in 70F.
28 Dec 20:
WAVE is primed and awaiting hull paint, her TotalBoat Wet Edge BleGlo White is on a UPS truck headed down from Bristol, RI. Along with some Gray Topside Primer for the deck. So we spent the day fiddling with PHOENIX, hoisted her off of the Dynamic Dolly and swapped WAVE onto the Dynamic.
30 Dec 20:
1982 Sunfish had viny; stickers on the side that said AMF and SUNFISH, PHOENIX's Sunfish stickers are getting pretty worn.
02 Jan 21:
Trimmed a piece of chine off of the parts boat SALLY to be used as an internal fiberglass repair backer plate.
03 Jan 21:
Fastened the fiberglass repair backer plates for the deck, hull flange and chine with TotalBoat THIXO thickened adhesive. Light clamp pressure, just enough to keep the piece secure and see a little epoxy squeezeout along the seams.
Chine backer., butter up with TotalBoat THIXO Wood, which is all we had on hand. Works the same.
09 Jan 21:
Removed the clamps and we have a little excess epoxy to trim from the seam.
10 Jan 21:
Took off the clamps and sandbags. Sanded excess epoxy with 120 grit pads on a De WALT 20V random orbital sander.
12 Jan 21:
We sanded deck repairs on PHOENIX with 120 grit pads on a DeWALT 20V 5 inch random orbital sander, then applied a coat of TotalBoat Topside Primer with a Mighty Mini roller.
The primer dries in about 4 hours, so we took the time to apply a New Old Stock Sunfish sticker to the port side. Our friend Howie sent us the stickers about 10 years ago, he worked at Alcort 18 years then did 10 years of warranty work for AMF.
13 jan 21:
Brushed the second coat of Wet Edge, added some Bristol Beige to the Blue Glo White to darken it a bit.
14 Jan 21:
Checked out the damage to PHOENIX's chine.
15 Jan 21:
Salvaged 2 bits of chine from SALLY to make a blind backer patch and a chine shaper patch. The string will be used to pull the backer patch snug against the inside of the hull.
20 Jan 21:
Did some touch up fairing, sanding and rolled a small bit of primer to the repair spots on PHOENIX and MADISON. Ready for paint.
21 Jan 21:
Removed the old AMF vinyl in prep for new. Scraped off the vinyl first then made a second pass to get the adhesive residue.
24 Jan 21:
I'm sold on this Preval spray system, spray your own custom color mix. We sprayed TotalBoat WetEdge Blue Glo White, tinted with Bristo Beige to get "Sunburnt Sunfish," a close match to PHOENIX's 39 year old sunburnt gelcoat. The first coat ran because I sprayed too much, so I wiped it off real fast, then sprayed a light mist coat. The next coats seemed to bond better because the bond was paint on paint vs paint on hull. The sprayer bits came in a VALPAK kit with 3 power units, bottles, dip tubes and V grip, from Fibreglast, $39.95. Jamestown Distributors also sells a one can spray gun kit for under $9.
25 Jan 21:
Lots of taping and striping and stickering on PHOENIX today, we'll go through it, try to keep up...We taped around her coaming with 3M 218 Fine Line tape and put down some poly sheeting.
26 Jan 21:
We attached PHOENIX' deck edge trim with 1/8th inch diameter aluminum rivets that have a 1/8th inch grip (depth) range. On some boats you might find you need 1/4 inch grip. Check the top of the rivet for burrs afterwards and file as needed, those burrs are sharp and can snag skin or clothes. Also when drilling the 1/8th inch hole for the rivet, be careful to not drill through the bottom edge of the trim, no hole is needed there, only enough depth to go through the flange on the deck edge. If the hole os accidentally drilled through, check that bottom edge for burrs also.
Our friend Alan sent us salvaged trim, cut into smaller pieces to make shipping economical.
Sunfish Shack Back In Order video: https://youtu.be/MTPsk-aCl2M