1963 Wooden Sunfish

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Thanks.
It's funny, one of the comments I often hear is "that belongs in your living room.... Not on the water". One of my friends in our sailing club agreed, so we found a place on our family room wall where it would fit, and devised a way to hang it on the wall for the winter. We thought it would look great - my wife - not so much. Suffice it to say its still outside...
 
#27
that is a beautiful boat. Even knowing that sail is probably original, that boat would be even more stunning with a solid white sail.
 

signal charlie

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Andy, we picked up your boats older sister yesterday, she's painted red. She's mostly complete, mast has been sleeved with aluminum on lower 1/3, rudder is old-old style. I had a few questions/

1) was your boat painted before?

2) was the deck scribed already or did you do that?

3) where did you get the bow handle? Our is not near that nice

Thanks
Kent
 

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Hi Kent.... Looks like a great find/project!
My boat was never painted. That is the original finish with layers of varnish added as needed. But never painted or refinished.
The deck was scribed when it was built. It was one of five or six boats built from the design from one kit. I've tried to find some of the other ones through our club with no luck, so it may be the only surviving one. It was built in 1963 in Altoona, PA by a group of (mostly) engineers who worked together. They were the origin of the Lake Glendale Sailing Club. I'm the third owner, and the bow handle was just as it is when I got it.
Good luck, and if any more pictures would help just let me know...
Andy
 

signal charlie

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Hi Andy,

thanks for info. our bow handle is similar but stainless, so I'm wondring what was original. everything else on boat is brass or bronze.

What type of stain and varnish did you use?

This is said to be the 13th boat built, put together for a friend of AlCort. Surfaced as part of an estate sale, 7 years ago.

Kent
 
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Hi Andy,

thanks for info. our bow handle is similar but stainless, so I'm wondring what was original. everything else on boat is brass or bronze.

What type of stain and varnish did you use?

This is said to be the 13th boat built, put together for a friend of AlCort. Surfaced as part of an estate sail 7 years ago.

Kent
Wish I could help you more with what might have been stock on yours, but since mine is exactly the way I got it, I really don't know that much about them. I'm sure there are others on this site much more knowlegable than me about your boat. I have used Petit varnish on mine, although I just got some Epifanes high gloss to try. I think either would be fine.
Again, if any more pictures would be helpful, just let me know.
Andy
 

signal charlie

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Wish I could help you more with what might have been stock on yours, but since mine is exactly the way I got it, I really don't know that much about them. I'm sure there are others on this site much more knowlegable than me about your boat. I have used Petit varnish on mine, although I just got some Epifanes high gloss to try. I think either would be fine.
Again, if any more pictures would be helpful, just let me know.
Andy
Thanks!!
 

signal charlie

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Kent,
Looks like it's screwed from under the deck. Also two screws join it where to two sides come together forming the 'V''.
Thanks! I have a fitting coming and I'll probably fashion a backer to screw to deck and attach splashguard to that...or make people scream by screwing on a fiberglass coaming :)
 

Wavedancer

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#38
Not a connoisseur, but the splashguard on Andy's boat is different from the one on Clark's wooden Sunfish. As I vaguely recall, the shape on Clark's boat is original (and a pain in the butt). True or not?
 

signal charlie

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Not a connoisseur, but the splashguard on Andy's boat is different from the one on Clark's wooden Sunfish. As I vaguely recall, the shape on Clark's boat is original (and a pain in the butt). True or not?
The original 1953 splashguard was long and curved back past the cockpit, no hiking out or it would be a pain :)
The cockpit also had holes in the frame that could let water into the inside of the hull if you took a big wave or capsized. By 1963 for later wooden models they tried to seal up the cockpit so water could not get inside the hull, added drain plugs on the fore and aft deck and made a much shorter V shaped splashguard (the "mustache"). They also beveled the corners of the frames inside the hull so water that got inside could move from frame to frame and drain out at deck drains and not be trapped inside. I've been told that most of thee wooden boats rotted from the inside out.
 

danpal

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That would be a true statement since that's what happened to mine. All I have left are my mast, sail and spars. My dagger board and rudder are at the bottom of lake Sebago and the hull completely rotted after many attempts to restore it.
 
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