a cool photo of JFK and Jackie with a Sailfish sailboat.
the Sailfish was the predecessor to the Sunfish. it was the first boat created by Alex Bryan and Cortlandt Heyniger – the founders of Alcort. the Sailfish is a board boat with a lateen rig, very similar to a Sunfish – but it was made out of wood and had a flat hull that you had to sit on top of while sailing.
I stumbled on some great pictures of the before and after restoration of a Sailfish sailboat.
a “before” photo:
the Sailfish was the precursor to the Sunfish style of sailboat that I sail today. it was a similar “board” boat, this one without any type of cockpit or hull. just some wooden rails along the edges – and you’d sit right up on top of the deck.
an “after” photo:
the Irish Boat Shop certainly did a fine job – she’s a great looking boat now, and I’m sure will last several more years for its owner.
after posting the question earlier: a 1960 Corvette or (2) Sailfish, I was looking up some information on the Sailfish sailboat, and I stumbled on this video of a Sailfish sailing.
I’m not sure I’ve ever seen a sail rigged up quite that high!
here’s another great page – with highlights from the 1949 issue of LIFE magazine that showcased the Sailfish sailboat, and a restoration project to clean up an old Sailfish.
an interesting question posed over at the Sunfish Forum: would you rather have (2) Sailfish sailboats or the 1960 Corvette?
Published January 26, 2012
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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