Discussion in 'Sunfish Talk' started by mixmkr, May 24, 2017.
Sail with friends or family or just an addiction...or saving the new one for racing? Or?
I've got 3 Sunfish. Two back east and one in California. Friends and family is why. So I can do this back east and this in California.
I own two sunfish, one is a 78 and the other is an 07. The 78 I bought first to enjoy, than I saw the 07 and it was a different design, thought it would be cool to try both.
I have (4) currently... should probably sell one or two... but:
1st: 1960's Super Porpoise (a slightly larger Sunfish clone) - bought for $50, but parts were hard to come by and I didn't have a trailer, so didn't sail it a ton
2nd: 1960's Sunfish: bought off eBay, *because* it came with a trailer (I needed a trailer, wanted a Sunfish for better chance to get parts)
3rd: 2000 Sunfish: found a steal of a deal on craigslist and upgraded to the much nicer/newer boat, rolled gunwales - a nice improvement all around
4th: 1970's(?) Minifish: great condition, and again, got it very cheap off CL, bought for my sons to use and sail at the same time as me.
Gathered my worst rudder, mast, daggerboard, sail, and riggings—sold off with my all-fixed-up Porpoise II clone-fish to a Dad, who wanted to teach sailing to his two 9-year-old kids.
Didn't know I didn't want a Porpoise but the seller said, "It's a Sunfish trainer". As it DID have the Sunfish logo on the sail, I asked myself, "How can I go wrong for $125?" Bought it, then tried to lift it!
Over the years, bought three Sunfish—none over $350. As it's the beginning of the season here in New England, 'might sell the best one for $700, as it isn't being used by family and friends as much as I had hoped.
I only have one, it's a 1968 close as I can guess, would like to get my hands on a newer one also
I would like a cubby and a shiner finish
Two good reasons. I keep looking for another " deal"....but I sail solo....and should just keep on ONLY looking.
The newer boats with the rolled edges are a very nice change/upgrade from the old style edges with the aluminum trim. Just my $0.02.
Because they are fun and inexpensive. And they needed homes. 4 family boats, 3 fiberglass and one wooden. Only two of us sail but you never know when we might want to have a race. 1 wooden Standard Sailfish because it is light and fun. 3 foster Sunfish, 2 fiberglass and one wooden. 1 foster Super Sailfish.
This has taken up most of our time recently, building a Penobscot 14. Just did the float test and now we will gather parts for a sprit rig. Or maybe a lateen. Then final paint.
Hey everyone , new here I just got a alcort sailfish don't know the year it might need new paint but it's not too bad has all the parts they are not in the best conditions but still functional I want to have it in the water as soon as possible but I have no clue where to find a sail that's all that I need by chance does anyone know where I can find one ? Or if any of the sunfish sails would work on the sailfish?
Congrats on your new boat. Which "Sailfish" do you have? If it is fiberglass then that is a Super Sailfish MKII and it uses the same sail as the fiberglass and wooden Sunfish, which are 75 square feet. Also the same as the 13' 9" wooden Super Sailfish.
If you have the 11' 7" Standard Sailfish then it uses a 65 square foot sail, the same as the Minifish. 9' mast and 11" 9' spars.
If your wooden Sailfish has a handgrip with 3 holes, then it is a Super. If it has 2 then it is a Standard.
Be careful if you find out that you need rudder parts. The Sailfish family (and wooden Sunfish) use a smaller vertical hinge plate than the fiberglass Sunfish.
Would love to see a picture!
Kent and Audrey
(L-R) Wooden Sunfish "Chip", wooden Super Sailfish "Zsa Zsa" and fiberglass Super Sailfish "Sweetness."
Wooden Standard Sailfish "Winnie."
Oh....those are small!
It's 13'9" it's says alcort sailfish on the sides it looks like that blue one in the picture , so the sunfish sail would work? And where could I find one for cheap? Maybe used
Sunfish sail will work on yours - it is a Super Sailfish Mk II. Look on eBay, this forum, Craigslist, and some aftermarket sellers. I would strongly suggest NOT buying a "Racing version" of a Sunfish sail. They have more power, and the last thing a Sailfish needs is any more power! Have fun with it. Sailfish are cool boats.
Will it work with just any sunfish sail or a certain sunfish and it should be a 75 sq. Ft. Sail or what if it's bigger ?
I have a 75 sq ft sailfish sail that needs a little bit of repair. Its red, blue and white. It has a rip at the bill of the sailfish logo. To repair it you would need to get some red sail repair tape and put it over the rip on both sides. Then cut out some black tape (from a a sail number) and use it to recreate the sailfish bill. The sailmakers label is missing. The sail is usable, but not crisp like a new one would be. I'd just want shipping costs as I promised the person who gave it to me to pass it along to a good home.
I just checked and found a black sail number that could be used to fix the sailfish logo after the red tape repair. I'll send it with the sail if you are interested.
At my age I keep forgetting I own a couple Sunfish already and I just keep buying more!
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