sunfish at sixty

EastBayRI.com has a great article by Bruce Burdett posted right now about the Sunfish sailboat and it’s manufacturer in Portsmouth, Rhode Island: Sunfish at sixty: Most popular boat ever still keeps them busy at Portsmouth plant

The little Sunfish, far and away the most popular sailboat ever built, just turned 60 and they’re still churning them out at the rate of four a day at LaserPerformance in Portsmouth.

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HT: @LaserPerform

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8 Responses to “sunfish at sixty”


  1. 1 Baydog February 11, 2013 at 10:14 pm

    At four a day, how few workers are at that plant?

  2. 3 Tillerman (@ProperCourse) February 11, 2013 at 10:36 pm

    They do build other LP boats at the Portsmouth factory (or at least they used to the last time I toured it.)

    For the 50th anniversary of the Sunfish we had a special commemorative sail, a tour of the factory, a party, a picnic on Rose Island, a race to win a place at the next Sunfish Worlds, a parade of boats in Newport Harbor (ruined by a thunderstorm) and a Sunfish race around Jamestown Island the next day.

    Sounds like the celebration will be a little more low key this year?

  3. 7 Bonnie K. Frogma February 13, 2013 at 12:44 pm

    Nice article, I passed it on to the Sebago sailors. We just met to plan the season last night, I shoulda brought a birthday cake!


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