The Flying Fish was an unusual boat. 120 sq ft. fully-battened main (and no jib.) So it required a crew due to its humongous sail, but not much for the crew to do except hike since there was only the one sail. I believe a Finn has 110 sq. ft. of sail, so I suppose someone built like a tank could single-hand a Flying Fish in a blow, but I doubt Alcort intended to build a competitor to the Finn. BB
My two older brothers had a Flying Fish back in the 80's. I can attest that in a light breeze a 100 lb kid could handle one alone, but it definitely helped to have some deadweight; er, I mean a crew. On one occasion the track holding the sail to the fiberglass (?) mast separated - it sounded like a shotgun blast when it happened, and the mast bent like a fishing pole (I witnessed this from a Sunfish close by). No real damage and some epoxy solved that problem easily; according to the sailboat shop it wasn't uncommon with these boats.
Will be really difficult to find a sail much less in decent shape. I have a Flyingfish and my sail is decent but not usable in a strong breeze for fear of ripping. I could send you dimensions and you could get quotes to make a new sail. One place might be Kevane Sails in Massachusetts.
You are right. I was not aware that the Flying Fish was not similar to a Sailfish or Sunfish. I have used North Sails loft in Hawaii to do lots of repairs and modifications to sails for my 44' Pearson Countess, and they are a great loft, but not magicians! Mahalo for you input and correcting my bad tip to fcpaloha. I would still like to know where he will sail the boat when he finds a sail for her!
I've been looking across the internet for a FlyingFish sail or one compatible with the sailboat. Does anyone have any suggestions on where to purchase such an item? I've reached out to a few shops and have not had much luck yet. Appreciate any guidance.
Hi Rich, we just bought a flying fish and we're doing some research on replacing the sail. I don't know what a reasonable offer would be for the sail you have, but I would be interested in talking with you about it, and possibly buying it. I'm not sure how to get in touch with you from this site, so I'm hoping you see this reply in any case, a response would be greatly welcomed! Thanks, Jayci in Utah
So I have recently got a Flying Fish from a friend that had no sail and a broken mast. I just happened to have the mast and sail of a Jetwind (Snark Mach II) lying around (the boat itself was long gone) so with some modification we rigged it up with that! It's definitely about half the sail area it's supposed to have, but the Fish is so broad that it barely heels at all, and can still pick up some decent speed. Makes for a great cruiser, especially with those nice wide seats! I'm excited to take her up to the lake next week.