Optimist dinghy refit

This International Optimist is used by the Colington Yacht Club for their youth sailing program in the Outer Banks of North Carolina. My parents currently run the program so I donate my time doing repair work to help repay the infinite debt I owe them for getting me this far in life (and I like helping out).

Here the Optimist is partially sanded down to the resin coating on the plywood so I can tape the seams with fiberglass

A stern post is added for more secure fastening of the rudder gudgeons and blocks are glued to the hull bottom to secure the flotation bags.


The boats are more than a dozen years old so they all need a completer going over to help them along. I sand down the hulls and put fiberglass tape set in epoxy on all the hull joints.  After fairing the repairs, I put a one part polyurethane gloss paint on the outside and a flat grey latex on the inside with nonskid on the sole. Fittings are all surveyed, replaced if necessary and always secured with stainless steel fasteners.

Rigged out!







Fitted with new super fast rudder and daggerboard!


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