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.