Wednesday, November 15, 2017

ALCORT Catfish

15 Nov 17:

ALCORT, pioneers in design of sport sailcraft and builders of the famous Sailfish and Sunfish, began building the Catfish catamaran in 1964. Designed by George Patterson, it was marketed as being fast, comfortable and offered exceptional performance on all points of sailing. Through its production approximately 1500 boats were built.

(Images: ALCORT Catfish brochures 1965)


All Fiberglass molded hull with foam flotation
-Under hull righting straps
-Roomy self bailing cockpit
-Aluminum rubrails

105 square feet, four batten Dacron sail with polyurethane masthead flotation built into peak of sail
-free feathering aluminum mast for optimum airfoil

Cockpit-controlled patented high-speed aluminum flip-up rudders and pivoting Fiberglass centerboards for easy beaching.

Nylon hiking straps, cockpit jam cleat and spacious wing deck storage compartment for maximum performance and convenience

-Speed and performance as you've never experienced
-Clean lines, comfortable recessed cockpit, excellent visibility

-Light in weight, easily rigged and launched from trailer or beach

-Perfectly adapted to the ALC-12 trailer and most small boat trailers

-On her side, on the trailer or suspended overhead
-Requires an minimum of storage space

-Length 13' 2"
-Beam 72"
-Mast height 22'
-Sail area 105 sq. feet
-Hull Weight - 170 pounds
-Crew capacity 300 pounds
-Shrouds and stays 3/32" stainless cable
-Hull: Fiberglass, foam flotation. White with choice of red, blue or white deck.
-Sail: Striped red and white, blue and white or all white Dacron. Sailmaker Ratsey and Lapthorn.
-Rudders: Aluminum alloy
-Centerboards: Fiberglass
-Mast: One piece, foil shaped aluminum alloy
-Fittings: Stainless, nylon
-Price: $896 USD 1965, crating charge of $35 USD when applicable
F.O.B Waterbury, Connecticut
Box 1345, Waterbury, Connecticut

More information to follow on our exciting discovery....stay tuned....

(Image: Hal, 2017).


ALCORT Catfish sales pamphlet, 1965.
Sunfish_Sailor Yahoo Group Files

Monday, November 6, 2017

Sunfish Sailboat Air Leak Test 06 Nov 17

06 Nov 17:

How to check for leaks in a Sunfish sailboat hull. The hull is a pontoon hull, so we can pump some low pressure, low volume air into the drain plug hole or cockpit bulkhead vent hole. Then take a spray bottle filled with soapy water and spray all the deck and hull, seams, hardware screws, mast step, daggerboard, bailer hole and gudgeon. Look for bubbles and not location of leaks.

Sunday, November 5, 2017

1980 AMF Sunfish Viper 05 Nov 17 Fourth and Final Coat WetEdge

05 Nov 17:

4th coat of TotalBoat WetEdge Kingston Gray, actually the third and a half coat as the first coat got some heavy sanding to flatten primer ridges. Rolled and tipped with a cabinet roller from Lowe's. TotalBoat WetEdge is a one part polyurethane marine paint, similar to Pettit Easypoxy and Interlux Brightside, so application procedures are basically the same. It was 80 degrees F outside, so we added a cap of TotalBoat Special Brushing Thinner to the half can of paint that we had left to extend the tack and dry time. We recommend using the same brand thinner, primer and paint for the best results whether you choose JB, Pettit, Interlux or Rustoleum. Jamestown Distributors sells all of these paints except Rustoleum, plus tools and supplies, and TotalBoat ships free. Great customer service and a tech help line. Have fun painting!

Complete Restoration Log for VIPER.

Saturday, November 4, 2017

1980 AMF Sunfish Viper 04 Nov 17 Third Coat WetEdge

04 Nov 17:

Worked on the 1980 AMMF Sunfish VIPER. Rolled the third coat of WetEdge, kind of the second coat really because the first coat of pant was sanded heavily to remove ridges after I goofed up the second coat primer. Outside temp 80F. Thinned 2/3 of a can of paint with one 2 capfuls of Special Brushing Thinner. I tipped with the roller as well, light passes to flatten edges and roller edge marks.

Log of VIPER.

Log of ST. JACQUES 04 Nov 17 Bay and Bayou

04 Nov 17:

Beautiful day on the bay so we decided to take St. Jacques out for a cruise, test out the oars and spritsail.

Skipper forgot her treasure magnet on a string, I ran back inside to get it and she took a nap.

I rowed for a bit, we ducked into the bayou and then Skipper took another nap.

When she woke up worked on shifting ballast to find the best balance with various centerboard and rudder positions. The area we sailed in today was very shallow, maybe 2 feet, so the rudder and centerboard had to stay up a bit. The boat sailed better with Skipper aft and me amidships, and i could move athwartships on the center seat as needed for heel on a reach or to help roll though a tack. A small amount of movement forward could help finish a tack, but too much weight forward all the time, like sitting on the forward seat, slowed down the tacks with the rudder partially up. We also played with the sheeting angle, and found that running the sheet back to the lee side quarter knee helped limit curl in sail. Later in the day we put a belaying pin on each knee and tried running the sheet around that, control was better but the sheet could pop loose at times. We will be looking for a sheet hook or maybe different spot for the pin, keeping in mind that it is still a small open boat and we don't need to get too fancy.

I went overboard to get some video, Skipper did a great job in the shoal water swinging by for a few photo passes.

I am still surprised by the amount of room in the boat, and very pleased with the stability and versatility. A great boat to pirate about in.

Miles Rowed 1.5/Total 6.0

Complete Log of ST. JACQUES

Friday, November 3, 2017

1980 AMF Sunfish Viper 03 Nov 17 Second Coat WetEdge

03 Nov 17:

An interesting day for paint and primer. I sanded sown the first coat of paint with 80-120 grit to even out some brush and roller marks. I began to suspect my bright idea to tint the primer with paint had messed up the desired characteristics of the primer, causing it to flash too fast and not lay down fully. And as a result the paint could not flow as advertised. The first coat of pure primer a few weeks back had looked okay, so I decided to sand my current concoction flat and start over with a new coat of primer. The boat did not like that! The primer wrinkled immediately when I applied it. Luckily I only put on a foot or so. I stopped and decided to scrape and sand all of that new primer off. In some areas that took the finish all the way back to gelcoat. I've never seen this before, but I'm sure the tech folks at Jamestown Distributors can tell me what happened. Something is not blending with the primer.

Plan of attack version 2.0, I rolled on the WetEdge Kingston Gray and used to roller to "tip" the paint vs a brush. I rolled small 2 foot sections, which left small bumps over the wet edge of the previous section. The paint seemed to be tacking very fast at 80F degrees outside temp. I added two caps of Special Brushing Thinner to the quart can and this slowed down the tack a bit. I then rolled firm over the overlapped section to flatten it out, which left roller edge ridges in the paint. To finish up "tipping" I went over those ridges lightly with the roller and the paint seemed happy, laying down and flattening out the best we have seen so far.

Log of Viper.

Thursday, November 2, 2017

Sunfish Jolly Roger Sail

26 Oct 17:

We bought a Jolly Roger sail for the Sunfish VIPER from a big sailmaker who sells them online. We had bought 2 sails several years ago and were pleased with he quality and price. Fast forward to 2017 and the sail we received was of decent quality, with wrong type of grommets and the Jolly Roger insignia was awful. Too small and we're not sure what happened with the application. Luckily it was only applied to one side, the insignias were supposed to have been on both sides. So we peeled off the insignia and managed to save the sail. Cleaned up the adhesive residue with some acetone.

Also bought some 4 oz Dacron adhesive backed insignia cloth from our local sailmaker Schurr Sails and we will make our own insignia.

02 Nov 17:

Transferred a design onto plywood, cut it out to make a template.

5 pieces cut out.

Decided on placement.

Traced the shape onto adhesive backed insignia sailcloth. Cut out the shapes and applied them to the sail. be continued...

West System How To Repair Fiberglass

02 Nov 17:

This video shows how to make an internal backer patch, for areas you can't access. The Brits always make things sound more interesting :)

AMF Alcort Sunfish Rigging Instructions and Part Locator

02 Nov 17:

Here are the rigging instructions included with the AMF Sunfish.

How to rig you Sunfish.

AMF Sunfish Parts New Old Stock

02 Nov 17:

Bought some AMF Sunfish parts from ebay, a couple of nice daggerboards. One was the spoon tip sold from the early 60s until 1972, and the other was a Barrington board sold from the 80s until the late 90s, it was new old stock and still had its box! We also scored some boom caps, a deck drain assembly and a halyard still in their AMF bags.

1980 AMF Sunfish Viper 02 Nov 17 First Coat Wet Edge

02 Nov 17:

Got a box of supplies from Jamestown Distributors. The paint cans are shipped in protective cardboard sleeves. We ordered paint and primer, the stir sticks, gloves, paint cups and strainers are included free.

Sanded the deck with 120 grit on a random orbital sander, there were a lot of brush marks, more than I like. I'm not sure my idea to tint the primer with paint was a good one.

Rolled and the first coat of TotalBoat WetEdge Kingston Gray with a small cabinet roller and tipped with a decent grade brush. There are a lot of roller marks and brush strokes, so we will need some more sanding and better luck on the second coat. The paint looks good from 5 feet, and we like the color. I like my paint jobs to be 1-3 footers, so I have my fingers crossed that the second coat will flow and lay down better.

Log of Viper.