We are restoring an Alcort Catfish, to round out a collection of Alcort boats
'Only see general similarities to the new Sunfish rudder.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
What a great story and quite inspiring. As previously noted, I'm trying to find ways to safely store and transport my newbie Fish solo. Had to show my wife this thread, the photos and the video of you guys on the water. Will remember to tell that Marine about Smedley Butler. "Dual, pivoting centerboards" -awesome. That Catfish has just got the coolest look-love it...!Norcalsail,
Tell your Marine that SMEDLEY is named after Smedley Butler, one of the most decorated Marines in our history. The Skipper named the boat after seeing how it arrived to our house. We had it shipped from Schenectady and the shipper arrived with the boat on top of a rack on his Dodge Dualy. So she was truck topped. He did not have anyone to help him unload it because I was on the road, so he tied the transom to a tree and slowly pulled forward until the bow cleared the rack, held snug by a strap. He pulled a bit further forward, lowered the bow and then the transom. Skipper watched the whole evolution and said only a Marine could come ashore like that.
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The "only 1 of 3 in existence" reminds me of the guy who claimed Alcort Hilus were very rare and commanding $20K resale prices AMF Hilu Fortunately this Catfish seller seems to realize his boat is not worth a small fortune!