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Wednesday, December 27, 2017

Alcort Sailfish Handrails 27 Dec 17

27 Dec 17:

We make handrails for the Alcort series of Sailfish, the wooden Standard Sailfish, the wooden Super Sailfish and the fiberglass Super Sailfish MKII. The Standard Sailfish handrails measure 28 inches and have 2 hand loops, the Super Sailfish and MKII handrails measure 41 inches with 3 loops. We cut them from cypress or oak. If you don't have a preference, select cypress, it is local, rot resistant, finishes beautifully and we love working with it.

1963 Alcort Super Sailfish MKII SWEETNESS with Skipper at the helm.


1963 Alcort Super Sailfish MKII SWEETNESS


Vintage Super Sailfish MKII handrails.


195? Alcort Standard Sailfish WINNIE with Skipper at the helm.


Alcort Standard Sailfish handrails. The wooden Standard Sailfish was the first Alcort Sailfish, at 11 feet 7 inches it was 2 feet shorter than the wooden Super Sailfish and fiberglass MKII.


Cut a new set of handrails from cypress for an Alcort Super Sailfish, rounded the edges, sanded with 120 grit and drilled screw holes. Shipping to Pennsylvania. Used our handrail pattern to set the width and height cuts.


Cypress blanks cut to 3/4 inch width and 1 1/4 inch height on the 10 inch portable table saw.


Traced handrail pattern onto cypyess blanks.


Cut out handrail shape with DEWALT jig saw.


Rounded handrail edges with 1/8 inch roundover bit on a DEWALT compact trim router. Do NOT roundover the mounting bases. #dewalt


Sanded the handrails with 120 grit pads on a DEWALT 5 inch random orbital sander.


Stacked vintage rail perpendicular above the new rail and marked screw hole location with an awl.


Screw hole location marked with an awl. Screw size is #10 silicone bronze wood screw, 2 1/2 inch length. We use a Frearson head screw similar to what you see on the table purchased from Jamestown Distributors, but the originals had the standard head slot.


Drilled the screw hole with a Craftsman drill press, Fuller combination counterbore and pilot bit. Drill just enough to countersink the head of the screw so hands and clothing won't catch on the screw head.


We use a Fuller combination counterbore and pilot hole bit purchased from Jamestown Distributors to drill the hole. JD sells a nice kit with 4 different sizes, #6, 8, 10 and 12. Ho Ho Ho that's what I got from Santa :). Screw size is #10 silicone bronze wood screw, 2 1/2 inch length, JD sells those as well.


2 new handrails for the Alcort Super Sailfish ready for wood sealer and varnish. Also shown are a vintage handrail and our handrail pattern. Now that I have an old set of handrails I can use one of them for the primary pattern. Wondering why I didn't start off that way today? Well anyway, they are on their way to Pennsylvania.


We make handrails for the Alcort series of Sailfish, the wooden Standard Sailfish, the wooden Super Sailfish and the fiberglass Super Sailfish MKII. The Standard Sailfish handrails measure 28 inches and have 2 hand loops, the Super Sailfish and MKII handrails measure 41 inches with 3 loops. We cut them from cypress or oak.

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