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Armada Relocation

signal charlie

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The last Sunfish out of town for our Armada relocation was Skipper's 1965 Alcort Sunfish WAVE, she kept watch in the cargo hold of a 26 foot UHaul.

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Towed the Drascombe Lugger behind...

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Last boats out of town, they rode great.

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The Armada is reforming in their new Mid Atlantic homeport, near Hampton Roads, Virginia. 4 more boats coming in a Pods container next week and a new Sunfish Shack coming soon.

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Fremont

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You're moving to a great place, I think. My son lived there for several years while in the Navy, then moved back to Illinois (who knows why?) last year. I enjoyed all of our trips there to visit him.
My kids keep moving to cool places, but then move back to Illinois. I did the same thing 40 years ago, but I thought I'd enlightened them to do better. :)
 

4cpus4me

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The last Sunfish out of town for our Armada relocation was Skipper's 1965 Alcort Sunfish WAVE, she kept watch in the cargo hold of a 26 foot UHaul.

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Towed the Drascombe Lugger behind...

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Last boats out of town, they rode great.

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The Armada is reforming in their new Mid Atlantic homeport, near Hampton Roads, Virginia. 4 more boats coming in a Pods container next week and a new Sunfish Shack coming soon.

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We had 17 people here last week and 2 outboards failed, the paddleboat broke the chain and my Sunfish is still being worked on so I can appreciate the backup fleet you have there.
 

signal charlie

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The last Sunfish to arrive was the first to depart, 1953 Alcort Sunfish ZIP slipped out of the PODS container today, 5 months to the date when she left Florida. Skipper was in charge, we used the combination Sunfish Finishing Dolly and catboat strongback to get ZIP down the first few feet...

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...the Skippervisor taking a break...contemplating her next move...

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...here's her next move...

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We slid WINNIE out next (not shown) and then put our 1950s Alcort Super Sailfish TRACKER onto the strongback.

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Skipper on her JD 130 named WILEY, I trailed behind and steered, like the fireman on the ladder trucks.


You'll notice some pavers and 2x6 lumber in the video, approximately where the Atlantic Squadron Sunfish Shack will be built.

The Catfish SMEDLEY took a few punches to her pontoons, she'll need a patch. The glass is thin on the Catfish, we think there is more gelcoat than fiberglass on this generation, Alcort trying to keep the weight down...Details to follow.
 
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signal charlie

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Test fit, 16x16 deck footprint, roof will be 18x18. Out plan is to store a few boats on hoists made from old Sunfish mainsheets, go vertical with storage vs horizontal. After lumber prices come down maybe we spread out horizontally a bit, we definitely have the room but maybe this will give folks some ideas who don't have the acreage. 256 sf is also the max allowed for a shed before we have to get a permit, and who wants to mess with that? There was no mention of how many 256 sf sheds one could have... :)

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Had to go work for a few days, and didn't want to leave ZIP (Sunfish) or WINNIE (Standard Sailfish) outside...

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Furniture dolly from Lowes.

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WINNIE is also on her side on a furniture dolly, sideways in front of the Mustang SUPER SALLY. Skipper's Drascombe Lugger ONKAHYE is hosting spars and sails until we get the new spar shelves, Sunfish Shack and Carriage House built.

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signal charlie

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Good point about the winds, we'll throw on an extra line. We are surrounded by tall pines and elm, so far 12 mph has been the max we have seen vs the unabated wind we'd get off of the bay on some days.

Insert random caboose photo here...

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