Wednesday, March 21, 2018

1979 Drascombe Dabber VICTORY 21 Mar 18 Sand and Prime

21 Mar 18:

Sanded the planks on the 1979 Drascombe Dabber VICTORY with 60 grit on a random orbital sander to get rid of loose paint. Applied first coat of Pettit EZPrime, thinned 5% with 120 Brushing Thinner. I rolled with Mighty Mini foam rollers and Skipper tipped with a 2 inch short handled sash brush. Also prepped an anchor and secured a dime to go at the base of the mast.

From right to left there is the original gelcoat, old sanded paint and new primer.

WINNIE and ZIP supervised VICTORY's first coat of Pettit EZPrime. One more coat of primer and then we will finish painting the hull with Easypoxy 3213 Blue Ice, like seen on the bottom plank.

All the supplies available through Jamestown Distributors.

VICTORY's anchor, chain and line.

Dime to go under the base of the mast. Sailors and shipwrights have been putting coins under masts of ships for several thousand years, and still do today. They’ve been found in the mast steps of ancient Roman shipwrecks, even recently. The hope, still, is the offering will bring good luck and safe passage.

Restoration Log of VICTORY.

Tuesday, March 20, 2018

ALCORT Fiberglass Sunfish and Super Sailfish MKII Rudder Carriage Bolt Tube

20 Mar 18:

The fiberglass ALCORT Sunfish and Super Sailfish MKII rudder had a carriage bolt that could move around under sail and that slop allowed the vertical hinge plate to pop out of the bottom latch plate groove. AMF/ALCORT added a rubber tube over the bolt to help keep it centered in the middle of the transom slot. We recently came across a few spares. In 1972 the rudder design was changed to the current style.

Here's a picture of the tube installed on our Super Sailfish MKII SWEETNESS.

1963 Super Sailfish MKII SWEETNESS.

Have you ordered your copy of The Sunfish Owners Manual yet? Great information on the most popular boat ever built.

Fair Winds,
Clark and Skipper

Tuesday, March 13, 2018

1965 Alcort Catfish SMEDLEY 13 Mar 18 Custom Trailer

13 Mar 18:

Went by Eddie English Boat Trailer today and got a sneak peek at SMEDLEY's new trailer, it looks great! Waiting for inboard guide supports, there will be vertical rollers between the hulls to help keep the boat aligned over the horizontal rollers while we are loading it. Still to go is the mast support and a winch.

Restoration Log of SMEDLEY.

Monday, March 12, 2018

AMF/Alcort Sunfish Sailboat Parts

Purchased a batch of parts for older AMF/Alcort Sunfish sailboats, post a comment below if you see something you need.

Tuesday, March 6, 2018

AMF/Alcort Sunfish Sailboat Specifications

Here are some Sunfish specifications from AMF/ Alcort, 1974.

Length: 13 ft 10 in.
Beam: 48 1/2 in.
Sail Area: 75 sq. ft.
Hull Weight: 139 lbs.
Crew Capacity: 500 lbs. (2-4)

Tuesday, February 27, 2018

1950s Alcort Super Sailfish ZSA ZSA 27 Feb 18 Weight Reduction

27 Feb 18:

We pulled all the bottom nails, we can reuse a few but ordered a pound of #14 silicone bronze annular ring nails from Jamestown Distributors. There were no extra nail holes so that must have been the original bottom. We also removed some keel batten screws and will replace those.

We are pretty sure this was a kit boat from the factory, and the assembler added some extra bracing and foam when they put it together. We took out the extra lumber and will add back a better butt block for the plywood deck seam.

Restoration Log of ZSA ZSA.

Friday, February 23, 2018

1980 AMF Sunfish SUGAR 2 23 Feb 18 Sea Trials Complete

23 Feb 18:

SUGAR 2 flew through sea trials, ready for a new Coomodore! She's available in Pensacola, FL for $1600 USD.

Craigslist Posting with contact info.

Restoration Log for SUGAR 2.

1950s Alcort Super Sailfish ZSA ZSA 23 Feb 18 Bottom Ply and Foam Removal

23 Feb 18:

ZSA ZSA came off the rack today and we moved her onto the finishing dolly. We towed her around front to the carriage house

We continued removing the bottom. We used an old chisel to open the seam and pry the plywood loose. I pried up to keep the outer edge of the oak side as square as possible, the oak is pretty tough and is in good shape.

Someone added foam to the design. They also added extra framing. The foam is not closed cell or factory, so we are removing that. We also will remove the extra framing and use 1/4 inch ply for the new bottom. When we are done, the boat should weigh 20-25 pounds less and be back to factory specs.

Restoration Log of ZSA ZSA.

Thursday, February 22, 2018

1982 AMF Sunfish PHOENIX 22 Feb 18 Leak Test and Deck Repair

22 Feb 18:

Phoenix needed a little TLC, she had a few leaks and we did an air leak test to figure out where the trouble spots are. We found several, the 2 big culprits being in the bailer hole seam and the daggerboard trunk. The funniest was Mt Vesuvius blowing out the rivet hole in the coaming.

We sealed up those areas with Pettit Flexpoxy, and we also put Marine-Tex epoxy putty over several areas where gelcoat had chipped.

We also sanded the coaming in prep for paint and installed the aluminum cockpit trim that our buddy Alan sent us.


Wednesday, February 21, 2018

1971 AMF Alcort Sunfish SASSY

Sassy is a 1971 Sunfish with the "new style" rudder and triple stripes, with the stripes just on the foredeck. She did not have the storage compartment and her deck had a touch of cream color to it, went well with the deep red stripes and cockpit. She also had a nice old 5 panel Ratsey and Lapthorne sail. One interesting leak developed on SASSY after I had a hard time removing the old metal bailer. The seam between the cockpit tub and hull opened up, which lets water seep (or gush) into the hull. We fixed it by using a syringe to inject thickened epoxy into the gap, then lightly clamping while it dried.

The halyard cleat needed to be reinstalled, so we improvised for the test sail.

1980 AMF Sunfish SUGAR 2 21 Feb 18 Hull Repair and Inspection Port

21 Feb 18:

Sanded the splashgard with 120 grit and gave it a coat of Rust-Oleum.

SUGAR 2 deck gouges from the boom bolt, almost all the way though the gelcoat.

One of our old standbys, Marine-Tex epoxy putty. We used this today because it will be a close match to the gelcoat on PHOENIX. It will be a little too white for SUGAR 2's cream colored deck, but may fade over time.

Marine-Tex applied.

Fiberglass damage in SUGAR 2's daggerboard trunk.

Mixed up Pettit Marine Paint Flexpoxy to repair fiberglass damage in the daggerboard trunk. Totaloat THIXO is a good product for this repair as well. Used the half wide paint stick to trowel Flexpoxy over the damaged areas, anywhere the outer layer of polyester resin has flaked off. Also injected epoxy from a syringe into the seam voids we found a few days ago.

Inspection port installation between the daggerboard trunk and splashguard. The tape protects the deck from the jigsaw footplate.

The inner plate makes a good template for the inspection port hole.

Marked the hole, drilled a 1/2 inch hole inside the circle to insert the jigsaw blade. Cut on the line with a DEWALT jigsaw.

Inside the Sunfish hull, daggerboard trunk.

Inside the Sunfish hull, mast tube and wooden backer block on underside of deck for the halyard fairlead. White blocks are the structural and floatation foam, yellow foam is the expanding adhesive foam. The fiberglass strip at the top is the strap that used to hold the wooden halyard cleat backer block. It rotted and fell off.

Someone moved the halyard cleat at one point, probably to find better purchase on the old internal backer block. We used the cleat to predrill the 2 screw holes, then epoxied the block and put it inside the hull in the original position. Then we used the drill bit to find one of the screw holes and line up the block for the first screw. Once the first screw was in place we removed the drill bit, swiveled the cleat and inserted the second screw. The epoxy oozing out of the wrong screw holes is good news, means we had plenty of adhesive contact between the block and the hull.

New halyard cleat backer block, made from rot resistant cypress and coated with epoxy. Held in place by thickened epoxy and screws.

We pre drilled all of the machine screw holes using the ring as a template then removed it and put a bead of sealant around the port hole. The port was put in place, then twisted a 1/2 turn to evenly spread out the sealant. Machine screws were reinstalled and secured with nylon stop nuts.

Installed a swivel cam cleat. Test fit the coaming.

Restoration Log of SUGAR 2.