Fun New Memories With A Classic Wood Sunfish Sailboat!
Yes, I know it has no motor or babes waving.. But its got beautiful lines as iconic as a barrel back. It’s another Sunfish Sailboat from the very early years of Sunfish. You may recall our story on one of these way back when a couple years ago.
Well, we found another one, or i should say it found us. While selling our Skiffany to some neighbors one of the folks husbands just out of the blue said. OH like that sunfish, we have one of those.. I kinda thought, Oh, sure one of the old ratty fiberglass ones that weighs 2 tons.. I said, thats nice and we moved on.. A couple months later, he called, said did I want the Sunfish, they were going to haul it to the dump.. I asked if its was wood, he said yes.. I thought this can’t be.. These are rarer than Barrel Backs. They were used and abused and tossed aside.. Google it.. There is one in Texas, Atlanta and ours, and now this one. I am sure there are more out there, but regardless rare.. Sunfish during the first couple years made them out of wood and as a kit boat, even models.
My father brother and I built a kit boat found in the back of an old marina that was never sold and a cool model when I was in Jr. high.. I would pay 100K for that boat today. It has my signiture and my families and friends written in the hull. Was all brite work and as a memory one of the most wonderful winters of my hell teenage years. So, when I brought this home, I thought lets make this a fun winter in the office project. It has not failed to deliver. We have gotten it all stripped, and ready for some stain and varnish. Then we will have two classic Woody Sunfish sailboats. And these are 1000000 times more fun when two are out on the water, racing and flipping.
Very kewl boats. Cheap woodyboat fun…if you can find one.
I enjoy the little boat stories just as much as the big ones, keep em coming.
You can hold your own Sunfish Shootout!
I’ll root for the one that looks less like a Century.
Glad it found you!
I wonder if builder’s plans are available anywhere?
I have seen conversation on the Sunfish forum. They are very simple craft. VERY SIMPLE..
Chad, the ’70 Arabian ones are called Carpfish.
Oops. Sorry. I think I spelled that wrong when I wrote Carpfish.
I’m gonna comment on this sailboat because it’s worthy of at least 10 comments. Wind-powered boats deserve a little respect. I had a blast as a kid on these things.
And getting others involved in a project like this will surely start the fire within.
Makes me want to sell my house and buy a bunch of Sunfish.
Or maybe I’ll teach inner-city gangsters how to sail Sunfish to release all their aggression. That’d be fun.
I might even sail around the world in one. Who’s with me?
One more to push it over 10.
Love your boat, looks so great, so well and lovingly looked after. I’d love to build one, is it possible to buy a set of plans and building instructions?
I’ve found plans for imitations, not the real thing.
Thanks and congratulations.
There is another wooden sunfish in Minnesota, It’s in my back yard!
This has inspired me to get her back into sailing condition. Thanks
thats fantastic news, we have 3 and the kids love them
I am considering selling my Alcort Sunfish. It is a hard decision to make but the time has come, I think. The boat is complete and original in all aspects. The deck is mahogany but the hull needs a new coat of paint. The sail and sheets are fantastic. Maybe it needs a new home?
Send us pictures. Its a tough sell these days.
The boat has been sitting outside since this pic but the sail and accessories have been in my garage. My direct email is email@example.com if you choose to communicate with me that way. The boat is here in Pismo Beach.
I hope this helps,
If you still have this wooden sunfish sailboat I would like to purchase it please text me or email me back regarding your sailboat I would need it shipped to Somerset New York my cell phone number is 716-417-2123 my name is Mike
Hi I have an old sail fish. It’s at least 65 years old. I have all the parts sail it is little faded. And the haul could use a coat of paint. Everything original. Stored inside and hasn’t been uses in 30byear boat is in canada on lake erie. I’m trying to find it a new home. Someone that will e joys it. Not sure how much it’s worth. Let me know any thoughts.
Thanks Jody, sadly they are not worth much. 300-600 bucks. there is one on ebay thats been for sale forever and thats a sunfish which are more. You may want to try ebay, that reaches the largest audience. And possibly your local Craigslist.. Also right now is the worst time of year to sell such goodiness. Wait until spring. Hope that helps. Matt
where i can get the plans, i would like to build one of thouse. please