Of the two designs, only the Sailfish was originally a blueprint plan boat. 0000005542 00000 n International Masters was held outside the United States, in the Netherlands, for the first time in 2005. 0000038866 00000 n The hull is lightweight and easy to lift, many owners just pop it on top of the car and head for the water. 0000018811 00000 n 0000007713 00000 n A few years after their 1969 purchase of Alcort, Inc., AMF revisited the idea of a high aspect ratio rig for the Sunfish. Today, the Sunfish brand-name has become so widely known it is often misapplied generically to refer to any brand of board-style boat sporting the characteristic crab claw sail. Let me know how fast you have sailed. In contrast, the Sunfish has a wider beam for more stability, increased freeboard and the addition of a foot-well for a more comfortable sailing position.

The first Sailfish were offered in the form of detailed drawings for the backyard builder or as a finished, ready-to-sail boat, built by the Alcort shop. No GPS. I once surfed on a wave so fast the sail swung into the middle and Luffed, in 20+ knots of wind. LaserPerformance also hosted a Sunfish 60th Anniversary Celebration at Noyes Pond in Massachusetts, the home of Sunfish designer Al Bryan, that gathered over 100 people sailing old and new Sunfish.[26]. 0000006374 00000 n 0000008300 00000 n Wind speed was 15-20 knots. Having a down-wind performance advantage helps the Sunfish to achieve a planing attitude at lower wind speeds than its high-aspect ratio sail plan counterparts. 0000013312 00000 n It is easy to recognize by it’s equal-lateral triangle shaped main sail, often with colorful stripes. Sunfish Builder Chronology 1952 - 1969 Alcort, Inc. (founded 1945) 1969 - 1986 AMF 1986 - 1988 Loveless & DeGarmo, dba, Alcort Sailboats Inc. 1988 - 1991 Pearson Yacht Co. 1991 - 1997 Sunfish/Laser, Inc. 1997 - 2007 Vanguard 2007 - Laser Performance Change in class rules permitted a new, slightly deeper daggerboard in the mid-1990's. I've done the same thing probably in that exact same spot or very close, except it was a spinnaker on a Lightning. https://photos.google.com/share/AF1QipPuM5SNLqJhsbQOjaIg-bYLxMTBusFt9HPZ8zewNFCM3ARHnTqjozB5hyuNX-xsTQ?key=ZHB0dVpyd080T01iZS04N3VFbU8tX3NFZ0xWQXNB. This topic is now archived and is closed to further replies. 0000003903 00000 n The hull’s very mild "V" bottom and hard chine make Sunfish a most stable boat for its size, along with enabling it to sail on a plane (hydroplane). Wave was in the 8-10' size, in Atlantic, off Wrightsville Beach. 0000002563 00000 n The Sunfish is an anomaly to this more familiar symbiotic relationship. Recreational, "friendly competition" played a key role in establishing the renowned popularity of the Alcort boat designs.

I did the other day and I got 10.9 knots. The distinctive low-aspect ratio crab claw sail gives the Sunfish an anachronistic appearance compared with today's more familiar high-aspect ratio Bermuda rig sailboats. Every few years, hardware and sometimes cosmetics and/or sail colors evolve, adding a piece or two of something more contemporary to replace outdated technology or style. 0000022852 00000 n [18] The registrar for One Design sailing in the United States, US Sailing, reported in a 2004 survey, Sunfish Class membership numbered 1,573. That’s it. In 2017, Laser Performance (LP) announced the creation of a new governing body to manage the Sunfish Class, the International Sunfish Class Organization (ISCO), after the International Sunfish Class Association (ISCA), governing body since 1969, refused to sign a trademark agreement. Sunfish have a base-line Portsmouth handicap of 99.6. In 1945, Alex Bryan and Cortlandt Heyniger created the Alcort company to produce their first boat design, the Sailfish. 0000009352 00000 n In 1989 the fused deck to hull joint was changed from a ½" flat lip protected by an aluminum trim strip to the increased surface area of a rounded, Sail geometry has changed on a couple of occasions, most significantly in 1989 when the "Racing Sail", still 75 ft², In 2010 the last of the Sunfish's wood attributes were superseded when first the rudder and now this year the tiller were changed from wood components to.

There are three continental and nine national championships regularly. Stayed on that wave for a good 200 yards. Using a crab claw rig for this style boat shifts the advantage toward better performance in lighter air (less than 4 on the Beaufort scale) and contributes to it having good down-wind characteristics. 0000011852 00000 n A proposal to build a lifesaving paddleboard for the Red Cross came their way. This makes the boat and the racing Class practically one and the same. [9], Launching a Super Sunfish on Shinnecock Bay, One-Design Sunfish racing remains a "manufacturer's, ISCA Racing is in accordance with the Sunfish Class Rule Book, "LaserPerformance Open's its Doors to the Public for the First Time", "Update from Class President Paul-Jon Patin", http://www.eventbrite.com/event/6621572301, https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Sunfish_(sailboat)&oldid=982079878, Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License, For the 1960 model year, Sunfish became available in a. 0000038517 00000 n It’s not cutting edge - but it’s still perhaps the easiest boat to rig for sailing. 0000017661 00000 n 0000030430 00000 n With its hard chine hull, the Super Sunfish is the more stable boat so it's a tradeoff between the two designs. Sunfish sailors who are more serious about sailing competitions, but who do not have the advantage of a nearby Sunfish fleet, can race their boat against nearly any other make and model of sailboat in "Open Class" events using a handicap system. From that humble beginning the Sailfish was born and seven years later an improved design, the Sunfish.[9]. Alcort Sunfish. The Sunfish is claimed to be the most popular recreational sailboat in history. In the course of growing their business, Cortlandt and Alex had the revelation to kit the boat by supplying pre-cut pieces, all the necessary fittings, and inclusion of the sail thereby making backyard construction more appealing to an even wider range of would-be boat builders. The existing Formula S fleet eventually became assimilated into the ranks of AMF Super Sunfish fleets. 0000017167 00000 n He developed a high-aspect ratio sail that worked on the Sunfish hull and christened his design the Formula S. The high aspect ratio sail plan has better upwind performance characteristics over the lateen sail, changing the boat's handling to point more like other Bermuda rig sailboats in its size. 0000039791 00000 n 0000002066 00000 n

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Has anybody clocked their top speed in a sunfish with a GPS. 0000018092 00000 n

0000014273 00000 n However, a sunfish will go up on plane, so it's not really limited by the hull speed. Alcort Sunfish. 0000003025 00000 n 0000002874 00000 n The wave was probably blanketing the sail a bit, but I'd estimate the speed at about 14 knots. 0000010768 00000 n The Sunfish Class Association reported in 2001, Sunfish production had exceeded 300,000 boats. 0000013767 00000 n

0000038205 00000 n AMF marketed this more conventional sail plan as a performance version of the Sunfish in an attempt to compete with, among others, the newly emerging Laser. [24], One Design racing uses nearly identical boats so the competition is based purely on sailing skill. They determined the concept unfeasible as it stood. With this configuration, complexity of sail control is elevated by the addition of dynamic outhaul, downhaul, and mainsheet traveller lines. The Sunfish is one of the most iconic recreational sailboats ever made. Originally framing carpenters by trade, these two entrepreneurs began their sailcraft endeavors building iceboats as a sideline. 0000007215 00000 n

First sold as a wooden boat and do-it-yourself kit, the original fiberglass Sunfish introduced in 1960 has not changed much in the half-century since. Until then I  am claiming Sunfish world speed record. 0000001176 00000 n 0000009933 00000 n Lee's concept didn't interest Alcort, Inc. as a production model so he refit conversion boats independently and sparked organization of Formula S fleets. The stable hard-chine hull design and lateen sail rig remain the same and are integral to the boat's success. Upgrades can be added to enhance sail control for competitive sailing,[3] making the boat attractive to both novice and experienced sailors alike. Portsmouth handicap numbers, however, place the Laser slightly faster. %PDF-1.7 %���� AMF did not choose to adopt Lee's Formula S design, they did however, develop their own variation calling it the Super Sunfish. In response the ISCA, still the World Sailing recognised Class Association, have announced rule changes which permit alternative suppliers to Laser Performance for some components.[7]. Over 300,000 have been built by seven manufacturers over the years, a phenomenal number for any boat. 0000012375 00000 n 0000004732 00000 n 0000002022 00000 n It’s still the boat a lot of adults remember having their first sailing experiences on. 0000008966 00000 n This page was last edited on 6 October 2020, at 01:56.

[8] The design is currently manufactured by Laser Performance. By Sunfish fleets are active in 28 countries around the globe. I'd like to hear from other Sunfish speed freaks. 0000011239 00000 n 0000020203 00000 n Sunfish was developed by Alcort, Inc. and first appeared around 1952 as the "next generation" improvement on their original boat, the Sailfish. Corny Sarge, October 27, 2017 in Dinghy Anarchy. However, this sail plan is not as old-world as it might first appear. For most One-Design Class eligible boats, the number of boats built and the number of boats registered in the racing class are closely related. The hull speed of a displacement hull is 1.34 x the square root of the waterline length. SUNFISH SUNFISH RACE SUNFISH Rigging Manual 1 Parts of the Hull 2 Parts of the Sail 3 Sunfish Mast Kit 4 Bailer Installation 5 Ratchet Block Installation 6 Attaching the Sail to the Booms (Standard) 7 Attaching the Sail to the Booms (Race) 8 Rigging the Outhaul (Race) 9 Rigging the Cunningham (Race) 10 Stepping the Mast: Standard and Race 11 Attaching the Main Halyard: Standard and Race Planing allows the boat to achieve a speed greater than theoretical hull speed based on length at waterline . The Super Sunfish was available from 1974 to 1984. On the contrary, at 1,573 Class members, Sunfish ranks in the upper percentile of boats involved with organized racing in the U.S.[19] It does, however, demonstrate the boat’s above average versatility to suit a broader range of sailing applications. Having a down-wind performance advantage helps the Sunfish to achieve a planing attitude at lower wind speeds than its high-aspect ratio sail plan counterparts. 0000010452 00000 n

0000039485 00000 n The Sunfish hasn’t changed much in the last 50 years.

Since its introduction in 1952, Sunfish has come under the stewardship of seven successive builders (see Sunfish Builder Chronology below). 0000010351 00000 n

RE sunfish speed---Sorry -I gave an incorrect title for the youtube video --the correct title is Sunfish Johnathan Martinetti Maxima Velocidad.--Very fast sunfish! Sunfish first appeared as either a DIY kit or a finished boat. 0000011151 00000 n trailer <]/Prev 1156608>> startxref 0 %%EOF 337 0 obj <>stream The Super Sunfish was offered as a complete package and as a kit to retrofit existing lateen rigged Sunfish. h�b```b``����� p�A��X��,3��2]D,Y��~\x���y+C)@����]\wֹg)3흦�� �s