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  1. baddoggoodlife

    The JMS project

    Found the perfect pin retention chain. A toilet tank flapper valve chain saves the day.
  2. baddoggoodlife

    I want to build a Super Sailfish. Advice wanted!

    A bit late to the party, but good on you for building a classic. That’s one of the things that I love about these boats is that they made sailing accessible for anyone with the will to put it together. For what it’s worth, my genuine Alcort Super was built with the thinnest of marine ply...
  3. baddoggoodlife

    The JMS project

    We all can keep a secret, right? I’ve created a crime against authenticity. In painting the ‘sit-spot’, I accidentally extended it an extra 12 inches back to the stern, making it 47 inches long rather than the scripted 35 from the Alcort home build plans. (Again, thanks to those who made sure...
  4. baddoggoodlife

    The JMS project

    A break in the weather has allowed for putting on a top coat of paint, hopefully good enough to be the finish coat. Now onto the spars, and the mast. Much of the spar hardware is original, in whole, or in part. One of the pulleys survives, but I haven’t been able to find a suitable...
  5. baddoggoodlife

    The JMS project

    And adding a bit of rope work to dress up the tiller extension.
  6. baddoggoodlife

    The JMS project

    There has been some discussion in the past as to whether factory built boats had markings on their components, and I have a couple of pictures to submit in that regard. What I do know is that the original owner always asserted that this was a factory built boat, and the family had no reason to...
  7. baddoggoodlife

    The JMS project

    While I delayed in opening her up to do the interior restoration, I took even longer in sealing her back up. I delayed popping the hood for fear of doing more damage than what I was fixing, but it was an appreciation of the sheer beauty of the interior that kept me from closing her back up right...
  8. baddoggoodlife

    The JMS project

    Even though I’m waiting for warmer weather to give a finish coat of paint, I couldn’t resist seeing what the freshly dressed rudder assembly will look like in place. The paint that she came to me with was, at most, a touch up coat. She’s always been a basic white, with the classic red...
  9. baddoggoodlife

    The JMS project

    Excellent lessons in metallurgy, thanks! Definitely aluminum. I’ve been trying to preserve and reuse any and every original part that I can, even down to the nails. I’ve been grumbling to myself for having to replace the lower bow rub strip. It was in bad condition, but really it was that I...
  10. baddoggoodlife

    The JMS project

    Oops. Crittenden. Not Chittenden.
  11. baddoggoodlife

    The JMS project

    From the brass end, moving forward… With the rudder hardware polished and coated, and the varnish on the elephant ear drying, it gave me a chance to address the hardware at the bow. I needed to re-fabricate the lower rub strip, using a simple piece of aluminum stock, similar to the original part...
  12. baddoggoodlife

    The JMS project

    Thanks for the input. I’ve been misusing ‘brass’ as a catch-all for any coppery shiny metals. All the metal bits are getting a good polishing, and I need to determine a good protective coating to put on. Possibly just a rust oleum clear spray coat.
  13. baddoggoodlife

    The JMS project

    And now a question of material importance. I don’t like using the wrong terms, but I’m not sure of the metals that the rudder components are made of. Would anyone have a good sense of what are the metals of the pictured rudder release brackets, and the hinge piece that attaches to the rudder...
  14. baddoggoodlife

    The JMS project

    The moment those anchors came into view was the moment I really fell in love with this boat.
  15. baddoggoodlife

    The JMS project

    Oops. ‘Pour’. Not ‘poor’
  16. baddoggoodlife

    The JMS project

    I have become quite fascinated with the boats fasteners. Almost all of the little anchor imprinted nails had survived and were functioning well. Almost all of the screws had corroded away, and all of the glue was now nonexistent. It proved the right call to have opened her up to allow for...
  17. baddoggoodlife

    The JMS project

    Amazing how much overthinking can go into the simplest plans. I was outright torn as to whether or not I should cut off the rivets to refinish the rudder. These had remained intact for some 70 years, and here I was just hacking them off. Well, just like the decision to open the boat up, it was...
  18. baddoggoodlife

    The JMS project

    And another question… Holes. On my rudder and centerboard, there were little holes, centerline, no more than a quarter of an inch, and had been well filled and finished over. Similarity, the surplus (60’s?) Super Sailfish rudder and centerboard that I have, have larger holes seemingly...
  19. baddoggoodlife

    The JMS project

    I was also wondering if anyone had any input on what the older (standard) Sailfish 12 rudders and rudder hardware looked like. Did they differ from the next generation Sailfish 14? Next, I’ll need to figure out more about the mast. While everything on this boat seems as original as possible...
  20. baddoggoodlife

    Sailfish on Craigslist CT

    That is correct. (How embarrassing, one of those most basic no-no’s, Sun-ing a Sailfish!). Hope someone can pick up this boat before I feel the impulse to start a fleet of my own.

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