Wednesday, April 8, 2015

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 -

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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