About Small Boat Restoration

Small Boat Restoration is a family hobby adventure specializing in small boat sailing and restoration. Our focus is on restoration of classic Sunfish sailboats, with our mission being to return as many small boats as possible to their natural habitat. Our goal is to inquire, inform and inspire others to do the same.


Skipper has been sailing since college and Captain Clark has been knocking rust off of trailers for a while. The family started off with the Drascombe Lugger Onkahye in 1980, added the 1965 Alcort Sunfish Wave in 1994, and has grown the fleet since then.


In 2012 we rechristened 7 Sunfish; Sassy, Eduardo, Tilly, Pffft, Madison, Buttercup and Wave.

2013: Drascombe Lugger OnKaHyE, Sunfish "Ray" of Hope, Rose"Bud", Elan, Belle, Merci, Alcort Sunfish Neptune, Zip, Alcort Sunfish Chip, Alcort Super Sailfish Zsa Zsa and Alcort Super Sailfish MKII Sweetness.

2014: Drascombe Lugger Roamer, Penobscot 14 St. Jacques, AMF Sunfish Hoops, Yoyoand Catherine, AMF Minifish Smoky and Bandit, Barnett Butterfly Sweet Emotion and Sweet Emotion II, and Capri 18 Sugar 2.

2015: Penobscot 14 St. Jacques, Vanguard Sunfish Crystal, AMF Sunfish Viper, Sugar 2, Vanguard Sunfish Ciel, Sorg Runabout 15 Willow, ODay Daysailer Cyane

2016: 1880s Leathers 21 Tender Barbashela, Alcort Standard Sailfish Winnie, Penobscot 14 St. Jacques and Penobscot 17 Hanna.

2017: Penobscot 14 St. Jacques

Members:
American Society of Marine Artists
Antique Boat Museum
Antique and Classic Boat Society
Drascombe Association Network
Messing About In Boats
National Maritime Historical Society
SAIL
Small Boat Monthly
Traditional Small Craft Association
WoodenBoat

Moderator:
The Sunfish Forum

Owner:
Small Boat Restoration facebook page
Sunfish_Sailor yahoo group

Our Restorations:
1963 Alcort Super Sailfish MKII (fiberglass) Sweetness.

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195? Wooden Alcort Super Sailfish Zsa Zsa.

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From Small Boat Restoration 2013

1963 wooden Alcort Sunfish Chip

Before
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1953 wooden Alcort Sunfish Zip, number 13 of first 20 pre production Sunfish, given out to family and friends of ALCORT.

From Small Boat Restoration

Zip during.

From Small Boat Restoration

Zip after.

From Small Boat Restoration

From Small Boat Restoration

From Small Boat Restoration 2013

1977 AMF Alcort Sunfish Neptune.

From Small Boat Restoration

1968 Alcort Sunfish Merci

Before.

From Small Boat Restoration

Merci After.

From SBR 3: Jan 2014-

From SBR 3: Jan 2014-

Merci's Restoration Log

1978 AMF Sunfish Belle picked Perdido Beach, FL May 2013:

From Sunfish Sailboat Restoration

From Sunfish Sailboat Restoration

From Sunfish Sailboat Restoration

1987 AMF Sunfish Elan picked in Panama City, Florida February 2013, sold Mar 2013: Refostered Fall of 2016.

From Sunfish Sailboat

1968 Alcort Sunfish Bud picked in Perdido Beach, Alabama November 2012:



Bud During:

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Bud After:

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1971 Alcort Sunfish Ray Before:

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During:

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From Sunfish Sailboat

Ray After!

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Alcort SunfishTilly Before:

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Tilly After:

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1978 AMF Sunfish Eduardo:


AMF Sunfish Sassy Before:

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Sassy After:


AMF Sunfish Pffft and Buttercup enroute to East Bay Marine:


Pffft Before:

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Pffft During:

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Barnett Butterfly Buttercup

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Buttercup After:

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AMF Sunfish Madison

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Madison After:

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1965 Alcort Sunfish Wave:




1958 Sorg 15 Runabout Willow





1880s Leathers Skiff Barbashela







1950s Alcort Standard Sailfish Winnie



2017 Penobscot 14 St. Jacques






to be continued...

10 comments:

  1. Thanks, it's been a lot of fun and a learning experience.

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  2. Hi.
    Great blog and book. Have read both entirely and learned a lot.
    I have a question about buying a used boat. There is a local Super Sunfish that is 100% complete with all the rigging, hardware and sail stored properly in dry barn, however the boat has been sitting deck up on a trailer outdoors for about 20 years. There is a crack in the base of the tub and of course water inside the hull. Over the past winter we have experienced freakishly cold weather for the Southeast, down in the single digits for several days in a row and so I am concerned about additional freeze damage, esp to the mast step.
    I have experience opening and drying hulls that had normal leaks and can do basic fiberglass repair.
    Is this something that you would run away from or do you think it would be worth salvaging. Asking price is around $500 which would be too high for a Sunfish, but I really like the idea of owning a Super Sunfish rig.
    Thanks in advance for any advice and keep up the good work.

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  3. Hi Henry,
    500 doesn't seem to be too much if you want a SS rig, there are not a lot of them around in good shape. If you can do the repairs then go for it. Concerns would be saturated foam which adds weight on the trailer, so check the bottom real good for damage, and look around inside the cockpit for evidence of tub pulling away from deck. If the boat is heavy you'll have to dry it out and/or replace expanding foam, that might take season but it can be done with patience.

    Start at half price and go up as needed :)

    Cheers
    Kent

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  4. Thanks Kent.
    I can deal with saturated foam, but worried about mast step which might have not survived frozen water, etc.
    I assume the gel coat can be buffed out or repainted if too far gone.
    The traveller car may need to be replaced which will require some serious hunting. Wondering if a modern compact traveller track like a Harken could be mounted securely on the deck just aft of the dagger board.

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    1. It is pretty straight forward to put epoxy inside the mast step to repair, or cut an inspection hole nearby to repair inside. Gel coat can also be wet sanded.
      Try the Sunfish Forum Wanted Ads to locate a traveler car if you get the boat: http://sailingforums.com/forums/Sunfish_Wanted/ or adapt a new piece.

      Good Luck!

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  5. Hey Clark - me again,
    I just picked up a bargain 68 Sunfish that had been stored in a garage for a while and the owner needed space. The deck was a dirty cream color with what looked like chemical stains and other dirty splotches. It had no striping - only its metal badge behind the combing. I assumed someone had painted over the gelcoat with house paint and it had not aged well. When I got it home, I went to cleaning it with Star Brite hull cleaner and some wet sandpaper. Whatever the finish is, its rock hard and scrubbing it intensely over the dirty spots yielded almost no results. I thought it would powder up and I would have to be careful about not going too deep. So I am trying to figure out how to de-ugly it without painting, as the finish is hard and clearly durable.
    Next step is to try an orbital buffer and some compound, but I am not very optimistic. Any thoughts? Have you ever seen a stock , all white/all cream 60's boat?

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  6. Its possible that the boat originally looked like this but right now the top is just a dirty tan/cream, with no hint of either yellow or white.
    http://www.boats4sale.pro/detail/us/nPeOnndnHOnUmmmUHUmO/12-AMF-Alcort-Sunfish-No-Motor-w-Trailer-T1235580

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  7. Henry,

    That look like paint. I'd try some Iron Out then some wax
    http://astore.amazon.com/smalboatrest-20/detail/B008G60RQ2

    If that doesn't help, you might have to repaint or sand off that finish and see what is underneath

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  8. Saw your segment in the Jamestown Distributors catalog that came with my latest shipment. Very cool! I also live in Navarre and build wooden boats! Currently building a 20' Simmons Sea Skiff. Get in touch r.j.delaney1@gmail.com

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