1976 Sunfish/Windflite

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  1. Scott S

    Scott S New Member

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    I'm new this forum and to sailing. I just took a sailing class, loved it and have picked up a 76 Sunfish to continue learning with, but I'm confused about my boats design compared to what I see online about this vintage Sunfish . The one I have has no lip around the cockpit, its a rounded edge. No storage in back. There is just the cleat at the base of the mast, but no fairlead bullseye on the deck and only a fairlead hook on the front wall of the cockpit, no place for a ratchet block to be installed. The SN is stamped on the right side of the transom and the last digits are M76H. I wanted to install a swivel cam cleat on the deck above the fairlead hook, but with no lip, I think I'd have to install a threaded view port in order to access the underside of the deck for proper backing support. So my questions are: why doesn't my Sunfish look like the ones I see online, and second, is the wood backing on the deck in front of the cockpit that a swivel cam cleat can be screwed into, or do I need to cut an access to put in a solid aluminum or stainless backing plate? thanks in advance.
     
  2. Light and Variable Winds

    Light and Variable Winds Well-Known Member

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    Answers can be slow in coming on weekends, but let me start—in reverse order—on your questions.

    IF you want a backing plate, you'll need to put an "inspection port" in. Some install the port in the deck: some in the front of the cockpit. There's no wood (right) there.
    The Sun's UV can be brutal on plastic ports, so I suggest a coat of paint before installation.

    There's no real tension in a swivel cam cleat, so stainless is overkill. Plastic cutting board or Trex would work as well—but use washers—as those suffer pull-through. Generally, with saltwater use, metals are to be avoided.

    As to the manufacturer, if you don't have photographs, describe the sail's logo.

    Sunfish Age and Hull Identification | SailingForums.com

    Later model Sunfish had rounded outer edges: yours (if a '76) should have aluminum trim instead. Use a Google-image search using the word, "Clonefish", if you suspect you have something other than a genuine Sunfish.

    Our "Mini-Fish" experts can set you straight, since there's a reasonable chance that's what you have. :cool:

    Sunfish had a hook centered forward on the lip of the cockpit. That's to control the mainsheet.

    Well, there's a start. :)

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  3. beldar boathead

    beldar boathead Well-Known Member

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    The short answer is it isn't a Sunfish. It's most likely an AMFlite or Windflite. They used the Sunfish hull but a slightly different deck. They were designed to be cheaper to make and sell. It's a perfectly good boat, it just cannot be raced against Sunfish in sanctioned events.
     
  4. Scott S

    Scott S New Member

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    thanks - the title does say Windflite. the hull id is AMF41099M76H.
     
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    this is the cockpit. so apparently I've got a Windflite
     

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    To add to the confusion AMF used the Amflite name for its line of bowling balls and bowling pins. Later on Windflite was reused for the AMF windsurfer.
     
  8. beldar boathead

    beldar boathead Well-Known Member

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    I think L&VW mentioned that one time back in the day in New Hampshire a guy showed up at a regatta with an Amflite bowling ball. He thought the yacht club was hosting a bowling tournament, not a regatta. :eek:
     
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  9. Light and Variable Winds

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    [​IMG] All of my New Hampshire bowling has seen none of AMF bowling balls. The sport "up here" is (or was) dominated by Candlepin Bowling. (A ball you can cover completely with two hands, and trying to hit tall, narrow, pins).

    Funny, I was out sailing when a Windflite (a regular 2-week summer visitor) came out to sail around for a couple of hours. The skipper was about 8 years old.

    This is the sail and insignia that came with the Windflite sailboat:
    [​IMG]
    Top of page, stumbled onto another one with a strange (to me) sail insignia...
     
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    Your hull and deck are similar to a Minifish.
    install an inspection port on the deck, or the front wall of the cockpit, and you can then set it up with a ratchet block like I set up my Minifish.

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    Trying again...should post...

    Any ideas?
     

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