After receiving the unwelcome and discouraging guidance from that well known west coast Catalina supplier that I should take the Catalina 22 to a boat yard to finish the keel weldment repair, I redirected my attention to the Sunfish I’ve carried around with me for the last 2 years.
This is what it looked like when I first saw it:
First look at the Sunfish
Here is what it looked like recently when I took out the splash guard grommets:
Recent sunfish photo
I’ve been wavering back and forth about just repainting it as is, or removing the beat up trim first. It will cost around $100 to get replacement trim for it, so it’s not exactly a trivial matter. I decided to take the trim off carefully and see if I could maybe polish up the trim and reuse it. This was fine for the bow and starboard trim. The rivets don’t actually go all the way through the trim. They just go through the top layer and into the fiberglass. First you drill out the center…
drill out the rivet
just…enough.. to get the top to pop off.
rivet drill out complete
Starting at the end of the trim piece, I just pried the trim over the remaining rivet post and off it came. Easy as pie. It’s interesting to see that the original paint job was done before the trim was added. Very nice Bicentennial stripe there – this is a 1976 Sunfish and the stripes match the old (rotted and useless but with pretty red white and blue colors) sail.
Old Bicentennial stripe
Once I got to the third and last piece on the port side it was a different story. I broke a drill bit…. and another drill bit. I noticed these rivets seemed to be bigger than the other ones.
Broke a drill bit
And I was having trouble getting the trim off once the rivet was off. It. Just. Would. Not. Come. Off!!! Then I could see why. It had been caulked in this spot. Hmmmm….
looks like some kind of caulk
Then I saw that these rivets were all the way through the trim. This boat has already been through a repair job. I finally got the last piece of trim off, but unfortunately, it was in about 6 pieces. So much for reusing the trim.
Not reusing this trim for sure
And this lovely site in the picture below was revealed. The top has separated from the bottom.
Here you can see there is caulk in the join that might be sealing it – and might not.
A little further aft it looks like the hull is fully separated. In addition, there are quite a few spots around the hull flange that are in pretty bad shape. Here is the view from the bottom. Almost everywhere that had a large rivet (about 3 feet on the port aft quarter) it looks like this.
So. I’m looking at:
$100 full trim replacement
$100 fiberglass supplies (epoxy, catalyst, cloth, rollers, etc.)
$100 complete sand, paint and gelcoat,
$250 replacement hardware and running gear,
$350 new sail. (May be able to repair the one I have, but I doubt it)
At least $900 . I just looked on craigslist and I can get a great looking one for $650.
What to do?
I’m discouraged. I’m not making progress on either of my boat projects. I don’t think I’m a very good CapnRehab.