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timelessness of sailing

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There’s a timelessness and total involvement about sailing which takes you away from city streets exhaust, concrete modular structures, world affairs, and business conflicts. 

Today’s pressures and sense of urgency seem to evaporate when mixed by a sail in the wind.

- AMF Alcort “The Fun of Sailing” publication (c. 1976)

10 things about a Sunfish

Laser Performance, the current manufacturer of the Sunfish, Laser (& other sailboats) has started to promote a new community for it’s various sailboats – called Laser Performance United (LPU).  I recently joined the LPU International Sunfish Union (ISU), and have begun to receive their new weekly email, the “Rhumbline”.  this week’s email was focused on the Sunfish – celebrating it’s 60th year, and LPU has put together a pretty neat “top 10″ list of facts about the Sunfish sailboat:

Our U.S. (Portsmouth RI) factory runs on a ten hour day – we can pull a boat per day per mold from our Sunfish build team.

Nine sail clips down when attaching the Main Halyard, the rule of thumb is to go between the ninth and tenth sail ring (counting from the tack of the sail upward).

Approximately Eight kilograms of Gel coat go into the Sunfish hull.

ISCA (International Sunfish Class Association) has had seven presidents – Paul-Jon Patin currently holds the office.

The sunfish has had six builders in its lifetime ( Alcort, AMF Alcort, Pearson, SunfishLaser, Vanguard, and LaserPerformance).

Five Cents (a Nickel) was used to draw one of the most iconic logos in Sailing.

The Sunfish is actively sailed on four continents: North America, South America, Europe & Asia.

The construction of the Sunfish Hull comes from three parts (Deck, Hull, and Cockpit Tub).

Two major evolution’s of the Sunfish Hull – wood to fiberglass and a flat deck to a cut out cockpit.

Hailed by Fortune Magazine as one of America’s 25 Best Designed Products.

you can find out more about the LPU and it’s various parts here or on their Facebook page.

a 1960 corvette or (2) sailfish?

an interesting question posed over at the Sunfish Forum: would you rather have (2) Sailfish sailboats or the 1960 Corvette?

Alcort Catfish sailboat vintage ads

here’s another odd sailboat that was produced for a while by Alcort, in addition to their Sailfish and Sunfish lines.  it looks like the date shown on this first picture is 1965.  that is about how old I figure my green Sunfish is, so there’s a good chance that someone has one of these in their garage or at a cottage on a lake and might even still be using it.

Wayne (he’s since passed away) posted about this little sailboat on the Sunfish Forum:

Pre-dates the production HobieCat. Designed by George W. Patterson, built and sold by Alcort, Inc. from about 1964 to 1969 at which time Alcort sold its whole sailboat business to AMF. AMF dropped the Catfish in favor of the more Hobie-like Trac Cat (Windrush) licensed from an Austrailian builder.

thanks again to blackbelair for sharing these vintage ads with me.

I also previously posted these vintage ads:

AMF/Alcort vintage sailboat ads

AMF/Alcort Hilu sailboat vintage ads

AMF/Alcort Hilu sailboat vintage ads

hey Joe! here’s another couple vintage ads for that AMF Hilu sailboat with the outrigger.

it looks like it shares similar parts to the Sunfish (and probably several of the other models offered by AMF/Alcort).  the sail area is 65 square feet so probably the same sail as the Minifish, and slightly smaller than the Sunfish sail at 75 square feet.  more information and additional pictures can be found at this site: AMF Hilu.

thanks again to blackbelair for posting the brochures and specifications over at the Yahoo Sunfish Sailor Group.

AMF/Alcort vintage sailboat ads

here are some pretty cool brochures from 1973 showing off the Sunfish sailboat, as well as some of it’s siblings that were offered at the time by the manufacturer AMF Alcort.  there is the slightly smaller Minifish and Sailfish, as well as the Puffer, Force 5, and Flying Fish, and 2 oddballs – the Hilu and the SeaMoth II. (click on the pictures for larger versions of each picture.)

thanks to blackbelair from over at the Yahoo Sunfish Sailor Group for permission to post these vintage brochures.  I think that the Sunfish is the only one of these sailboats still in production (although now being manufactured by Laser Performance).  and the current price is $4220, just a bit more than the 1973 price of $599.


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