Alpex by Aluma Craft?

Discussion in 'Sunfish Talk' started by OhioYooper, Aug 2, 2004.

  1. OhioYooper

    OhioYooper New Member

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    Anyone know anything about this boat? Its a Sunfish-like fiberglass boat with Sunfish-like rigging. Tag states its an Alpex by Aluma Craft Model S-12 made in Minneapolis. I can date it to between 1961 and 1972 (They didn't make fiberglass till 61 and they stopped making them in Minneapolis in 72). Its about 12' in length. It is VERY heavy. After reading some posts here it may just be wet, but it floats just fine, and up till recently has been out of water for several years. I don't want to start cutting into it without knowing more about it. :eek:
    Any help would be greatly appreciated as I've found nothing on the internet about these boats.
     
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  2. geosilver

    geosilver New Member

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    I have also aquired a S-12 Alpex by (Alumacraft) and am looking forward to trying it this summer here in Georgia. I was actually shocked at how heavy it is, and the hull is tight with no indications of cracks or leak points. This is a very well made boat. The title for mine indicates 1966.
    The mast has some distortion at the point where it is flush with the deck. The mast doesn't have any guying so all the presure is on that point. I would recommend inserting a strong wood plug about 18 inches into the bottom of the mast then sealing it good to reinforce it.
    Like to hear how you think it performs. George
     
  3. windancer55

    windancer55 New Member

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    I was just taking a long shot with a search engine this morning and found our reference to an Alpex S-12. I have two of them. I have sailed them for many years. Mine are aqua and white although they did come in red and white too. Wanna know how it compares to Sunfish sailing along side by side? Performance? Weaknesses? Ask away! I have already learned some stuff about em from your posts that I didn't know, so I owe you!
     
  4. mike4947

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  5. WebHub

    WebHub New Member

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    I have this boat but it is missing just the aluminum rudder. I know that this part would be just about impossible to find. In general, is there a way to either use a rudder from another boat or to fabicate a replacement (out of wood perhaps)?
     
  6. windancer55

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    I have two different rudders for my S-12 boats. Depending on your resources, it may be possible to make a replacement. I would be happy to send you pictures of these rudders and measurements.

    It is just good to see someone else messing around with these boats!
     
  7. WebHub

    WebHub New Member

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    Cool. I actually did try making a replacement once. It was a while ago, when I was much younger and didn't know what I was doing. I think I made it out of redwood or cedar, and I put several coats of varnish on it. I was never happy with it because there was way to much give on it compared to the aluminum rudder.
    As I recall, I quickly got tired of using the homemade rudder because I spent too much time thinking about it breaking instead of just enjoying the sailing.

    I believe I may still have the measurements, but if you have the time and a good way to scan the pictures or measurements, my email is:
    websterhubbletelescope@yahoo.com
     
  8. dkampenhout

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    I just bought one of these on e-bay a few days ago. Mine is made of fiberglass, and I think was made in 1977. I took her out on the lake yesterday and had a great time. Seems like a sturdy boat, and I'm looking forward to many fine days of sailing ahead.

    The person I bought it from showed me some pictures which showed the boat rigged with a jib. Anyone know where I could find more information about how to jib rig my Alpex s-12?
     
  9. WebHub

    WebHub New Member

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    have fun. The boat goes fast enough as it is.
     
  10. Adamoes

    Adamoes New Member

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    I just got one with Jib. It's called the S-12 Jib Accessory Kit #24-04-41 and is made by the same folks who made the sails for this boat originally. Namely Wm. J Mills & Co. Sailmakers out of Greenport NY.
     
  11. Light and Variable Winds

    Light and Variable Winds Well-Known Member

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    A bit off the subject, but about 1970, a manufacturer made an all-aluminum 18-foot catamaran. (The name began with the word "Sea-?????—"Sea-Squirt"?). Like the Hobie 16 catamarans, it had no boards, and relied on the hull shape to go to windward.

    Same complaint as above—too heavy.

    More info on the AlumaCraft S-12:
    http://forums.iboats.com/forum/gene...g/413345-alumacraft-fiberglass-sailboat/page2[​IMG]

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    The rig pictured is called a Gunter rig—a modified gaff rig. The hull itself (in fiberglass) is like a scow-class sailboat—which is to say—they do sail quickly!

    I just noticed this thread began in 2004! :rolleyes:
     
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  12. Light and Variable Winds

    Light and Variable Winds Well-Known Member

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    While looking for tax papers, I found the boating article I'd been saving. Because the information comes from the 70s, there's little mention of this aluminum catamaran. (I would like to have given it a chance!)

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  13. Headley Grange

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    Hunting?
     
  14. Light and Variable Winds

    Light and Variable Winds Well-Known Member

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    No really. If you think righting a Sunfish can be a chore :(, righting a catamaran is forced labor! :confused: My catamaran sailing days are behind me, so I enjoy every sailing day with my Sunfish.

    Alumacraft made fiberglass boats—Who knew? :D
     

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