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)


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

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

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

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

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

-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
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, 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. be continued


ALCORT Catfish sales pamphlet, 1965.
Sunfish_Sailor Yahoo Group Files

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