Thanks Tag, that is good reference material and partly fueled our insane desire to own a 196s Alcort catamaran. The rudders were revolutionary, designed by catamaran genius George Patterson and the solid deck was novel as well. Fast forward to 2018, there are hints of Catfish design in the foiling cat UFO designed by David Clark. Alan passed along the info that David's Dad Steve Clark of Vanguard Boats (Sunfish and Laser) raced a Catfish back when, so maybe there is some influence
Maybe they'll design a foiling kit for the Catfish
Steve Clark mentions the Catfish a lot, but I don't know how much that factored into the design. Another design element that gets mentioned in the conversation is the Herreshoff Amphi-Craft's "wishboom" rig, I like that boat as well and unfortunately the Amphi-Craft is on our "someday it might be fun to own one" list. It came with a cool custom trailer that rode on Indian Motorcycle tires. All the parts fit inside the boat, the mast was 2 part. $560 USD, including trailer. Cabriolet convertible tow vehicle not included.
There probably aren't too many of those rudders on the planet. They have Patterson's name cast into them for patent. Now realize that this rudder design came out in 1965, notice any similarities to the "new style" Sunfish rudder that appeared in 1969?
What a great find! I bet it looked pretty futuristic back in the '60s, although it is a heavy boat!! The name of the boat is also clever, but the sail insignia is not the most attractive. I wish I had the space you do - I'd love to have a Sailfish, maybe a Flying Fish and perhaps a Hilu.
Very interesting thread. I had been reading about the UFO on 'another' forum (Sailing A.a.c.y) and would love to try one.
Now my question: Did Steve Clark actually design the Catfish? It seems that the Catfish predates the Vanguard phase of the Sunfish etc.
There probably aren't too many of those rudders on the planet. They have Patterson's name cast into them for patent. Now realize that this rudder design came out in 1965, notice any similarities to the "new style" Sunfish rudder that appeared in 1969? k
'Only see general similarities to the new Sunfish rudder.
What I thought were reflections of a generous chord appear to be stains on the aluminum surface. I also didn't realize the rudders were castings. For my catamaran, I made one of aluminum sheet metal, folded back (lengthwise) on itself—with a wood core—added epoxy, and heliarced all the edges. Heavy, strong, and slow.
An enhanced enlargement of your Catfish rudder—if that's helpful: