Thursday, May 17, 2018

Sunfish Sailboat Hull, Spars and Line Specifications

Here is a list of Sunfish Specifications, provided by Sunfishsailboats.com aka Yankee Boating Center. They have great a great parts and service department, even live people to talk to on the phone. I have bought several class legal sails, line kits and other Sunfish parts from them. One neat thing they will do when you buy a line kit is pick out line colors that will compliment your boat's color.

From Sunfish Sailboat

We bough this Mackinaw sail from them...

From Sunfish Sailboat

and this red and white sail...

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and this Newport sail...

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and this Mai Tai sail...


Here are specifications for the spars:

Material: 6061-T6 Aluminum Alloy
Mast -
Style: Round Tube
Finish: Clear Anodized
Length: 10' (3.05 m)
OD: 2-1/4" (57.15 mm)
Wall Thickness: .083" (2.11 mm)

Spars -
Style: Round Tube
Finish: Clear Anodized
Length: 13' 8" (4.17 m)
OD 1-1/2" (38.1 mm)
Wall Thickness: .065" (1.65 mm)

Have a great sailing season! Check out our book The Sunfish Owners Manual for more great information

Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Alcort Catfish SMEDLEY 16 May 18 Centerboard pivot Bearings

16 May 18:

The 3/4 inch polyester resin bearings on either side of the pivoting centerboards were broken off. They ride in channels on either side of the centerboard trunk and are used to position the centerboard and provide a pivot point.



We decided to make new bearings out of a 3/4 inch oak dowel. We cut the dowel just a little long and rounded the ends with a 3/4 inch roundover bit on a compact trim router. We held the work piece with vise grips to keep our fingers clear of the router bit.


The old bearings were held in with rusty nails, Skipper used an awl to chip away bits of the damaged fiberglass and start a new hole for the dowel.


Rounded out the dowel hole to just over 3/4 inch with a rat tail file and a rounded diamond grit tile file.



We made the hole just over 3/4 so we could bed the new oak bearing in TotalBoat THIXO thickened epoxy, that epoxy coating helped seal up the raw fiberglass.


Test fit.





Added a small strip of 4 oz fiberglass along the front edge of the board by the bearing, wet out with TotalBoat Low Viscosity THIXO. This will help protect the centerboard should it swing forward of vertical and strike the forward edge of the trunk.




We also used THIXO to build back a damaged area on the tip of the starboard centerboard.




Line for our Alcort Catfish SMEDLEY. On the left is some 5/32d Dyneema that we might use for a temporary side stay and also use for the centerboard uphauls. We also bought New England Rope StaSet, 3/16th for the halyard, bow line, downhaul and outhaul and 5/16th for the sheet. And picked up drain plugs for the transom.


Log of SMEDLEY.

Thursday, May 10, 2018

1963 Alcort Wooden Sunfish CHIP 10 May 18 Frame 17

10 May 18:

We have plans for the Alcort Super Sailfish and are using those as a guide to gather measurements from CHIP. To validate our measurements we will make patterns of the frames and other key components.

The frame measurements include width, outside height and inner height. There are also measurements for the longeron cutouts and lightening holes. We also took another measurement of spacing between the deck and keel longeron, to account for the keel bevel.


Cut not one, not two, but 3 frames to get one that fit for Frame 17 (17 inches aft of the bow). The problem was with my line drawing, not the measurements.


Checked the outer height then worked on the outer edge bevel. It is important to measure the frame to the widest face, which is the aft face on the forward frames. Then there is material left for a bevel.


Crosshchecked the measurements and transferred information to the pattern for frame 17.


We're happy with the pattern!





Log of CHIP.

Alcort Catfish SMEDLEY 10 May 18 Float Test

10 May 18:

Launched SMEDLEY for a Float Test, she slid right off her new trailer from Eddie English Boat Trailer and waited patiently while we climbed aboard. We took a couple of paddles and spent about 25 minutes out to sea. No bubbles, no leaks. She was very stable and held both of us, should be fun to sail.



Skipper keeping an eye on SMEDLEY.


She floats!


Probably the first time SMEDLEY has been on the water in a long time.







Successful outing, back on the trailer and no big puddle afterwards :)


Log of SMEDLEY.

Wednesday, May 9, 2018

1963 Alcort Wooden Sunfish CHIP 09 May 18 Restoration Parts

09 May 18:

CHIP will have a V shaped coaming, this one will be used as a pattern and we'll cut a new one from mahogany or cypress.


We also have a really nice rudder, it needs the shorter vertical plate because the wooden Sunfish have the short transom like the Sailfish.


Log of CHIP.

Alcort Sunfish and Sailfish Parts

09 May 18:

Our buddy Howie is cleaning out our parts bin and we scored some nice vintage parts.

Here's some blocks for the wooden booms.


Different deck plates for fiberglass and wooden boats.


There's a nice little rudder pin amongst the other parts and the shorter vertical plates for the Sailfish series boats and wooden Sunfish.



The wooden Sailfish and Sunfish had different bow handles with the little tab.


So ZSA ZSA has a "new" bow handle now!


Wilcox and Crittenden Inc stamp.


Sorted out all of the new batch of parts and our other parts, then reorganized the parts wall. Give us a holler if you need something!



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