Tuesday, July 25, 2017

AMF Alcort Division Sunfish Viper and Sugar 2

08 Apr 2015:
We rounded up 2 Sunfish built by AMF's Alcort Division. "Viper" is a 1980 boat that had been holding down a piece of plywood at Coastal Marine Works (formerly Breezy Boat City) in Gulf Breeze Florida. A young man needing some cash had brought in the damaged hull to our friend Jan and he helped him out. The hull had most of the parts stripped, a damaged seam and unsightly fiberglass patches, so it took up residence on a piece of plywood behind the office. Jan sold the business to our friend Allen Pinkston aka "Viper" and we discussed the destiny of the hull several times. The good news was that with all of the holes in it, no water had stayed inside and saturated the foam blocks. "Viper" will get a Naval Aviation tribute paint scheme using VF-84's Jolly Rogers colors as inspiration.

From SBR 4: Jun 2014 -


"Sugar 2" is a 1983 boat that was doing an admirable job of leaning against a wall at ICC Marine in Gulf Shores, Alabama. She had most of her parts stripped as well and has a big hole in the bow. We bought her as part of a 2 1/2 boat deal from Jim and our friend Loxley brought her over when he came to pick up "Boo." The hull is actually in decent shape, just need a bath and small repair....and a lot of parts. "Sugar 2" will get a tribute paint scheme using S-2F Tacker paint as a guide.

From SBR 4: Jun 2014 -

Date Unknown:

Split the seam on Viper so we can access the inside for fiberglass repair. Added an inspection port hole forward of daggerboard trunk.

25 Jul 17:

Restoration resumes on Viper. Lots of old fiberglass patches to remove, used a heat gun to soften the polyester resin and then sanded smooth with 60 grit on a random orbital sander. Removed the cockpit trim by drilling out the rivets with a 1/8 inch bit. Removed old paint from the deck with 60 grit on a random orbital sander.


Viper needs a new backer block for the bow handle...and all of the other deck hardware as well.



The little loop is where the factory hooked up a strap to pull the hull out of the mold.



















26 Jul 17:

Well it took a heat gun running 1150 degrees F AND an oscillating multi tool to burn and chisel off the blob.


Surprise, there was a hole in the boat, with rotting pieces of wood inside...and a small fire, not to worry...


Removed excess two part expanding foam, it had oozed under the storage cubby. It us used to hold the white flotation foam in place, but you only need a little.


You are looking at the bottom side of the storage cubby. At the top of the photo is the white flotation foam that runs along the keel and under the tail end of the cubby, that will stay. The edges of the hull have been faired back in prep for fiberglass repair, all crushed, loose fiberglass has been removed. A backer patch of woven roving and cardboard will be installed inside the hull, then multiple layers of 4 oz cloth will be stacked in the hole, small to large pieces and the last few pieces will overlap the faired area. Fair. Sand. Paint (gel coat if you have the talent).


Waiting for a patch

That's two part expanding foam and the bottom of the storage cubby, some healthy looking woven roving!


to be continued...


Learn more about your Sunfish in The Sunfish Owner's Manual.

2 comments:

  1. Fantastic blog!! I have a similar bow situation on my hands. How do you go about repairing a hole in this location?!

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  2. Hello,
    You have two options. One is to split the deck and put a backer patch in there, then build up the 1/4 inch thickness of fiberglass, shaping it as you go. Fair it out with thickened epoxy, sand, then fair again with fairing compound. Sand. Prime.paint as needed. Or spray gel coat. The other way would be to make a backer patch, tie strings through it, push it through the hole and pull it back snug. Basically you need a firm base to start building up layers of fiberglass, then start shaping. If you have another ash fish nearby, tape is last I over the bow and make a thin, flexible copy of the area, use that as your backer patch. Send more questions on Facebook Small Boat Rsstoration or here as you like. Cheers

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