Sunfish Cockpit Dry Mat
Category: Boat hardware, Sunfish, small boat
Problem: The top of the drain for the Sunfish cockpit is above the floor of the cockpit by approximately 3/8”. This means that when the water is drained, there still is residual water in the bottom of the cockpit which can be a safety issue. Things in the cockpit can get wet, etc.
Action: I took a foam float device and cut it to fit within the floor of the cockpit, extending up under the combing of each side so the foam would not float when water was in the cockpit.
Result: This provides a soft cushion for one to sit or kneel on as well as allowing the water, when drained, to be below the surface that one is in contact with in the bottom of the cockpit. However, this does reduce the amount of space in the cockpit. This modification coincides with several other modifications I have made to convert the Sunfish into a boat that can be used as a kayak or sailed sitting in the cockpit, facing forward. Refer to other links below to see the other related modifications.
Additional Thoughts: If one wanted, one could get some neoprene foam and with contact cement, attach it permanently to the floor of the cockpit in a similar fashion to knee padding in a kayak. For one version I cut a hole in the foam to accommodate the cap of the drain. In the other version I cut it so that it rested in the cockpit just ahead of the drain, which of course allows more water to remain in the cockpit.