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SUP sunfish

recently, Laser Performance announced a few new products that they are adding to their catalog of several sailboats (Laser, Sunfish, Pico, Bahia, etc); Laser Performance will now offer a few versions of stand-up paddle boards (or SUP).  SUP’s are all the rage these days and are a fun and easy way to get you out of the water.

scene4_sport_frontbut the strange thing (to me, anyway) is that Laser Performance is branding the new SUP’s with the Sunfish logo – and name.  so now, you have your standard Sunfish sailboat and also (3) options of Sunfish stand up paddle boards. what’s next, a slightly more aerodynamic & sporty version of an SUP called the Laser?

they are calling this branding the “world of Sunfish” and lumping these new SUP’s together with the standard Sunfish sailboat.

After more than 60 years, the thrill of Sunfish is still going strong. Its iconic design is part of the evolution of surfing and closely related to contemporary paddle boarding.

they call it a “return to it’s boarding roots”, which itself has some truth to it, as the original creators of the Sunfish (and it’s predecessor, the Sailfish) were tasked to create a paddle board for the Red Cross way back in the beginning of the Sailfish and Sunfish history.

interestingly enough, though, the term “Sunfish” is already such a strong brand name for a small sailboat, that many of it’s similar sized & shaped competitors are often mis-labeled as Sunfish when talked about or advertised, simply because in the small sailboat world, most everyone knows what a Sunfish sailboat looks like.  with the recent spike in popularity for the stand up paddle boards (you can even buy them at Costco!), does slapping the “Sunfish” logo and name on these ones improve their appeal? or just cause more confusion?

I think they’ve obviously missed an opportunity to join the two ideas, and could have simply called the new stand-up paddle boards: the SUPfish.

I mean, I’ve been stand up sailing on my Sunfish for a while now.  you don’t need to buy a fancy a new board and paddle to do that!

standupsailing

so the biggest thing missing from these new SUP’s offered by LP is a sail. every other boat option they manufacturer has a sail on it.

so now, after hours of deep research and deep Google dives, I’ve stumbled upon the solution.

just add a sail to your paddle!

DaSail-sailpaddle

now we’re talking! surfing, sailing and stand-up paddle boarding all mixed up into one neat little package!

supfish

(some photoshop liberties may have been taken with that last photo…)

 

JFK & Jackie on a Sailfish

a cool photo of JFK and Jackie with a Sailfish sailboat.

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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.

sailfish restoration

I stumbled on some great pictures of the before and after restoration of a Sailfish sailboat.

a “before” photo:

sailfish before

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:

sailfish after

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.

sailfish rail

vintage sailfish sailing

Two Sailfishes, one skippered by a dog and a girl, idle on flat seas.

HT: Northeast Territory Tumblr

sailfish sailing video

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.

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?


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