Alcort Catfish SMEDLEY

15 Nov 17:


ALCORT, pioneers in design of sport sailcraft and builders of the famous Sailfish and Sunfish, began building the Catfish catamaran in 1964. Designed by George Patterson, it was marketed as being fast, comfortable and offered exceptional performance on all points of sailing. Through its production approximately 1500 boats were built.

(Images: ALCORT Catfish brochures 1965)

Features:

All Fiberglass molded hull with foam flotation
-Under hull righting straps
-Roomy self bailing cockpit
-Aluminum rubrails

105 square feet, four batten Dacron sail with polyurethane masthead flotation built into peak of sail
-free feathering aluminum mast for optimum airfoil

Cockpit-controlled patented high-speed aluminum flip-up rudders and pivoting Fiberglass centerboards for easy beaching.

Nylon hiking straps, cockpit jam cleat and spacious wing deck storage compartment for maximum performance and convenience


Handling
-Speed and performance as you've never experienced
-Clean lines, comfortable recessed cockpit, excellent visibility


Launching
-Light in weight, easily rigged and launched from trailer or beach


Trailing
-Perfectly adapted to the ALC-12 trailer and most small boat trailers


Storage
-On her side, on the trailer or suspended overhead
-Requires an minimum of storage space


Specifications
-Length 13' 2"
-Beam 72"
-Mast height 22'
-Sail area 105 sq. feet
-Hull Weight - 170 pounds
-Crew capacity 300 pounds
-Shrouds and stays 3/32" stainless cable
-Hull: Fiberglass, foam flotation. White with choice of red, blue or white deck.
-Sail: Striped red and white, blue and white or all white Dacron. Sailmaker Ratsey and Lapthorn.
-Rudders: Aluminum alloy
-Centerboards: Fiberglass
-Mast: One piece, foil shaped aluminum alloy
-Fittings: Stainless, nylon
-Price: $896 USD 1965, crating charge of $35 USD when applicable
F.O.B Waterbury, Connecticut
ALCORT, INC.
Box 1345, Waterbury, Connecticut




More information to follow on our exciting discovery....stay tuned....

(Image: Hal, 2017).

24 Nov 17:

We found a Catfish in Schenectady, NY on craigslist and bought it. The seller was very helpful in sending us lots of photos and emails so we could learn more about the boat and its condition. We arranged to have it shipped down through Uship.com, and the shipper got it down to us in just a few days.


Skipper named the boat SMEDLEY, after one of our Marine Corps icons Smedley Butler, because only a Marine could have come up with the creative way to safely get the boat off of the truck rack and down to the ground. The aft end of the boat was secured to a large tree and the shipper was able to inch the truck out from underneath, controlled its descent back to earth with a strap. Nice job James! SMEDLEY is at the casa now, joining our armada of small boats.


25 Nov 17:

Skipper likes SMEDLEY. So we decided to play with rigging to see if all the parts were there.

The Highfield lever for the forestay.








Polyurethane floatation panel at top of sail.


Alcort's sailmaker.






16 Feb 18:

Put SMEDLEY on the trailer but before we did that we put him on his side to assess bottom damage. Several of the areas look like gelcoat cracks but a few are deeper into the fiberglass. Most of the damage appears to be from improper trailer supports.






We are having a trailer made so we'll work with Eddie English to make sure the boat is properly supported. Eddie has been building boat trailers for a long time so we know he'll come up with a great design.


13 Mar 18:

Went by Eddie English Boat Trailer today and got a sneak peek at SMEDLEY's new trailer, it looks great! Waiting for inboard guide supports, there will be vertical rollers between the hulls to help keep the boat aligned over the horizontal rollers while we are loading it. Still to go is the mast support and a winch.




03 Apr 18:

Picked up SMEDLEY on her new trailer fro,m Eddie English Boat Trailer. They built nice custom roller supports on one of their stock small boat frames and crafted inner vertical rollers to help with loading. Hot dip galvanized frame, 12 inch tires with fenders, bow stop and winch, mast support, LED lights.


The man himself, Eddie.





Now we have to figure out why these transom holes are so big.


05 Apr 18:

At one point someone stored SMEDLEY on the ground and there was mud in the bottom of both bilges. We decided to see how much today, so we used a garden hose to give the bilges a fresh water rinse. We're not sure why the transom drain holes are so big but they came in handy today. We rinsed out the aft section first, then lowered the tongue of the trailer to get water up front. Raised the tongue and a little more mud came out from ahead of the flotation styrofoam that is just behind the centerboard trunks.

Caution: Viewer Discretion is advised, disturbing images follow :)




This little fiberglass hanger fell off of a backer block/plate somewhere, we'll try to figure that out and make sure the backer plate/block is still intact. That strip is used to hold the plate in place inside the hull while fasteners are being driven.


Here's a shot of the flotation foam, just behind the centerboard trunk. It has a nice linber hole carved into the bottom so water can drain aft.


13 Apr 18:

Family came to visit so of course they wanted to help flip SMEDLEY. Our plan is to start and hull repairs and get more of the rigging sorted out. We also need small repairs on one rudder and the mast, and gather a few blocks.

The hull has fiberglass damage from trailer rollers and a few other rash spots.






...to be continued

References:

ALCORT Catfish sales pamphlet, 1965.
SailboatDat.com http://sailboatdata.com/viewrecord.asp?class_id=4398
Sunfish_Sailor Yahoo Group Files

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