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I'll add my two cents...taken with a big ole grain of salt!
I also had a sunfish, although I never took it apart...love that boat! I liked the Sailfish better though - it was a bit larger and correspondingly faster!
First, I should think you could do all the repairs without seperating the hull/deck (not seeing it, I have no idea though).
Second, from reading, very light experience, and model building experience, the hull and the deck should be joined as they're usually two pieces - probably where the band is. The band may be just a pretty cover. If it is joined and that's the seam, you may need some sort of saw/grinding wheel to seperate the joint. In other words, you'll probably have to cut it apart.
If you do cut it apart, I would strongly suggest you mark the hull and deck first so that when you join it again you have some reference marks for alignment. You'll probably also need to sand it smooth, etc., to make sure the joint fits properly and won't leak once re-joined.
Hopefully I haven't wasted some cyber space with irrelevant nonsense.
/s/ Jon C. Munson II