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reedhedges

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I'm trying to identify this little boat, a kind of small Sailfish knockoff, about 10' loa, 3' beam, mast far forward and a bit of a cockpit molded in the top. See photos. Does anyone recognize this or know of a similar boat? A neighbor wanted to get rid of it so I added it to my pile of boats of course. I'd like to find a new sail, which is a bit over 9' on each side. (Equilateral). Narrow diameter mast (1.5") and spars (1"). Any other more popular boats out there with approximately this size sail? The logo on the sail reads "SK-B". Haven't found anything online remotely close, though I assume there were probably a bunch of inexpensive boats like this made throughout the heydays of the Sailfish and early Sunfishes? Anyway thanks for taking a look and for any ideas on making or finding a new sail!

Thanks!
 

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LaLi

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That's a Skate. (The insignia should obviously be read, "SK-8" :D )

The following information is from the sailboats '74 catalogue by Yacht Racing magazine:

SKATE
Wesley Lazott
LOA: 10'2" BEAM: 3'4"
DRAFT: 0'4"
SAIL AREAS IN SQ.FT.: 40 + 0 = 40
CLASS WEIGHT: 80 lbs
Daggerboard
CONSTRUCTION: HULL: fiberglass SPARS: aluminum
FLOTATION: yes
CREW: 1
NUMBER IN U.S.: 1,300
NUMBER WORLDWIDE: 1,300
AREAS: 1-3
(New England and Mid-Atlantic)
NATIONAL ASSOCIATION:
Russell Robb
Monument Street
Concord, MA

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L&VW

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I'm trying to identify this little boat, a kind of small Sailfish knockoff, about 10' loa, 3' beam, mast far forward and a bit of a cockpit molded in the top. See photos. Does anyone recognize this or know of a similar boat? A neighbor wanted to get rid of it so I added it to my pile of boats of course. I'd like to find a new sail, which is a bit over 9' on each side. (Equilateral). Narrow diameter mast (1.5") and spars (1"). Any other more popular boats out there with approximately this size sail? The logo on the sail reads "SK-B". Haven't found anything online remotely close, though I assume there were probably a bunch of inexpensive boats like this made throughout the heydays of the Sailfish and early Sunfishes? Anyway thanks for taking a look and for any ideas on making or finding a new sail!

Thanks!
As lateen sails go, 40 sq. ft. is a small sail. :oops:

A new Snark sail is 45 sq. ft. Since Snarks regularly fail in the hull :rolleyes: the entire rig should be available through a "WTB" Craigslist ad. If not today, then by next weekend! :D

Consider trimming the damaged foot, and stitching a new foot (at home). A grommet kit can be installed for less than $15, then the rig can be tested, and you'll have saved the sail's logo. :)

eBay has a Snark for $50. A cheap way to pick up any needed/missing parts:

 
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reedhedges

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Thanks! I think I had searched for "Skate" but only found the bigger Australian boat. "Lincoln Skate" pulls up a few pages with info. I'll see if anyone has ever sold a sail on eBay but maybe this is a good opportunity to learn how to use the sewing machine! Could cut down an old worn out Sunfish or Sailfish or Snark sail too. I took off about 4 pounds of previous owner's duct tape sail repairs to find the SK-8 logo. It looks like the rudder I have is original (with a replacement broomhandle tiller) and maybe the daggerboard is also a replacement.
 

Cactus Cowboy

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I took off about 4 pounds of previous owner's duct tape sail repairs to find the SK-8 logo.
Duct tape sail repairs... damn, that even sounds like a skate rat's boat, LOL. :confused:

As a former skate rat, I've used duct tape on a million things in my life, but I can't recall ever using it in lieu of sail repair tape. :rolleyes:

Still, it's the kind of thing a skate rat might do... ;)

Duct tape, zip-ties & baling wire... with those three items, a good hand can repair the world, LOL. :cool:
 
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