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Re: AMF Puffer Restoration

Alrighty, here are a few updates. Finally after a 9 day work week I got a chance to "clean out the garage" which I used as an excuse to sand down my oars and tiller. Why pick up the mess just to make another one

Ok so first I removed the old wooden top to my center board, traced its parts, and made a new one out of PVC board. Turned out pretty good I though check it out.












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Center board turned out great I thought, but it is still in need of being re finished. I re attached the top just to show it off. The boat itself is currently at my brother in-laws place. He has a body shop and is going to finish up the fiberglass work and paint the hull a bright red as well as the fiberglass work in the cockpit and re spray it in white. The center board as well as the rudder will be painted a gloss white.

The oars and tiller are going to remain wood finish. I finished sanding them today but need to pick up a good stain. Heres what I got so far.




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Alrighty, picked up a good stain from good old Lowe's among other things. When I was searching for some nick naks to make my hiking stick I came across some "blocks" that were made of better material but slightly heavier than the ones currently on my boom. Unfortunately I need to drill out the old rivets but do not have the tool I need to re rivet them to the boom. Anyone have any suggestions for an inexpensive tool I can use to re rivet the blocks to the boom? Here is a photo of the area of which im talking about.




As I previously posted, I was only restoring a small amount of the wood work on the boat. Finished up that today and here is the before and after, enjoy.







In the above images you can see a black hiking stick I made to replace the one that was missing when I purchased the boat, and this is how I made it.

I used the same steel pipe you see electricians use for metal conduit and a set of rubber chair ends. (ghetto fabulous).


And no project would be complete without a little super glue.


And finally a little electrical tape to finish off and protect the boat from metal on fiberglass contact.


In this photo you can see its placement along the tiller. A hole was drilled through the hiking stick at a slight angle so it will easily snap into the "auto pilot."


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looks like you are well on your way. I was just given a Puffer and just repaired some damage area on the hull today. Keep posting please. I was wondering if the PVC board would be rigid enough for the center board and the rudder? Mine is missing, and missing the entire rig as well
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I would not use it for those unfortunately. Its just way to wesk and flexible.
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I plan to pick back up on the project soon since i recently acquired an air compressor and can make short work of the sanding. Hopefully the project will be well on its way again soon.
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I'm not a fan of Blue Hawk anything, even though saying that is contrary to my own self-interest in Lowe's profitability.

Considering that the attachment to the boom is not a simple matter and boom control is very important, if it was my project, I would return those pulleys and buy some proper sailboat blocks. The smoother action and increased reliability are worth the few extra $$ to me.
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I agree with you. That is a concern i had when i purchased those particular pulleys :/. I have not invested in all the new hardware but when i do im probably just going to upgrade everything, even if its not necessary, just because i want the project, when completed, to be reliable and last.
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looks like you are well on your way. I was just given a Puffer and just repaired some damage area on the hull today. Keep posting please. I was wondering if the PVC board would be rigid enough for the center board and the rudder? Mine is missing, and missing the entire rig as well

Did you ever find the rigging, dagger board and all for your boat?
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