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    Windflight

    I'm in Western Mass, JDog, I believe is a franchise that is veteran owned. The guy I picked up the boat from was a Navy veteran, and a real nice guy. I only wished he kept the pieces together, one of his employees tossed the rudder away, but I am currently awaiting deliver of a nice replacement...
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    Windflight

    I heard some clunking when we turned the hull over, must be a backer block or something that has come lose, or when we picked the boat up the tub and mast step were full of ice and snow, could be some water in there that was frozen and came lose on the ride home. I'll cover it with a tarp and...
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    Windflight

    Got the boat today, looks to be in good shape and feels nice and light.
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    Windflight

    I was wondering, our club uses the recreational rigged handicap rating of 102.8 for the Sunfish, if the hull, rudder/tiller, daggerboard and spars and sail are the same why is the Windflite rating a 108.3. On the 2017 Portsmouth yardstick precalculated tables it's spelled Windflight so not...
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    Windflight

    Fantastic! The pics I saw look like a sunfish gudgeon, but when I get it home I'll get a photo off to you for confirmation. Definitely interested!
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    Windflight

    It's advertised as Windflite, sorry, my mistake. I'm picking it up tomorrow afternoon and will try to put some pics up this week. Now to keep my eyes open for a rudder/tiller.
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    Windflight

    Looks like I just bought a Windflight. The pics look good, a company called JDog, veteran owned, that does clean outs among other things picked it up. They say it's been in storage for years and as far as I know right now is it's missing the rudder and tiller assembly; I didn't see the...
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    `ALCORT Catfish SMEDLEY Hull Repairs and Skipper's Boat Hoist

    Here's a pic of the plug that was on the boat, the black one I put in the hole that was empty. I don't have the plug for the white one, I just put a rubber bung in it, the black one has a screw-in cap. The last time I had it in the water there was water in the hulls when I pulled it out, from...
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    `ALCORT Catfish SMEDLEY Hull Repairs and Skipper's Boat Hoist

    I'm lucky to have your Catfish adventures available as I work on mine. Too bad that damage happened during transport but having the knowledge to tackle repairs is gratifying. After building the 16ft Glen-L Malahini and a couple Chesapeake Lightcraft paddle boards I'm able to look at repair...
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    Alcort Catfish

    Waiting for standing rigging to arrive today, West Marine cost for new rigging, two side stays, forestay and bridle with fittings was $216. A rigger from Conn., after looking at the boat specs online quoted me $550. Their price was lower than the original estimate because they went with the...
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    Alcort Catfish

    Have had the Catfish upside down on the trailer for a couple weeks now, found some damage in a couple spots that I repaired and have faired the hull with System Three quick fair and sanded smooth. With today's crazy warm for Mass. weather, I think I'll get a coat of Total Boat primer on the...
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    New find

    Did a leak test with the soapy water, no bubbles escaping anywhere on the hull. The vent hole in the middle of the Alcort ID plate was a perfect fit for a needle to inflate a soccer ball. With a fair amount of urging from my wife, I've decided to paint the boat, the hull already had white paint...
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    New find

    Thanks Clark, I'm thinking to keep her as she sits. I was able to weigh her today and between my wife and me wobbling the hull on the scale we had weights between 138-142lbs so all good, we did drain about a pint of water from the side drain plug, not sure if it was from yesterday or was in...
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    New find

    Looking around a bit and it looks like I need the plastic tube that goes on the bolt in the cove on the transom for the rudder, and the right size pin because it was pretty sloppy yesterday. I have to read up on this assembly here on the forum, luckily it looks like there's plenty of info.
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    New find

    Yesterday's outing on the river was great, 68degrees and winds 5-10. The bridle crimp in the center for the loop is loose so the kid I got the boat from put the carabiner on to keep it from sliding off and clips the main sheet to it, gotta change that out. It was my first time using the...
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    New find

    Here in Western Mass the temps supposed to be mid 60's with a south wind 5-10, I'm going to try and sail this new fish on the Conn. River this afternoon and see how she swims. Looking at the spars this morning it's clear the mast is almost new, not a mark on it, guessing the others are newer...
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    Fall Mess Abouts

    Well, my MFG Copperhead, Vagabond 14 and Mistral16 are all tucked away as is my Sunfish, but I'm keeping this new to me "66" Sunfish in ready to go condition for the few good days left. Also have the Catfish on the trailer to do a bit of work on her before it gets too cold, currently waiting for...
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    New find

    I buffed her a bit last night with a medium compound and it came back a little, but I don't mind the color. I'll try to get her on a scale later. Wondering about an inspection port behind the splash rail but if the weight is close after all these years, I might leave things the way they are...
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    New find

    Just picked up what I believe is a 1966 Sunfish from a young lad in the Western Ma Hilltown's. The boat appears to be in excellent condition, the hull has a coat of white paint on it, but the deck appears to be original but faded. I'm guessing it was red but now is sort of plum color. No stress...
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    Alcort Catfish

    Got the boat out in better winds yesterday and it was a blast. Went out solo while my wife paddle boarded around and then picked her up and let her take the helm, good move because she really enjoyed it. Got a quote from West Marine for $330 to replace the standing rigging, that was almost $250...

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