Alcort Standard Sailfish WINNIE

09 Feb 16?

Our friend Alan spotted an Alcort Sailfish for sale up in NY, and he thought we might want it. So he bought it and brought it down to us during his annual Florida run. We in turn bought it from him and also scored a mast and spars for another restoration project on a Sunfish. Her name is WINNIE.

The Sailfish is just under 12 feet long and it has a 65 sf sail. The spars measure 11'7" and it has a tiny rudder. This boat was taken apart for refinishing but the previous owner lost interest....17 years ago. It is in great shape and we'll get to it as we finish up on Barbashela and St. Jacques.

The bare hull weighs 92 pounds, came with all the parts. Just needs caulk and paint, yellow paint that is, like she was originally.

Alcort Sailfish logo.

Kind of like a kit boat!

Rudder mechanism.

1950s Alcort Sailfish mast step and bow handle after a little teak oil, vinegar and metal polish.

Yep those are bronze rivets.

Check out that mast and wooden spars.

18 May 16: WINNIE has her first top coat of Valspar Ultra 4000 Alkyd Enamel, Whipped Apricot. She will remind us of Barbashela. So much so that we decided on her final name, "Winnie."

19 May 16: Skipper loves WINNIE, can't wait to get her on the water.

65 sf of sail, 11'7" long, 31" beam, 92 pounds.

65 sf Sailfish sail over a 75 sf Sunfish sail.

21 May 16:
WINNIE went to the Bagdad Riverfest with Zip. Notice where we painted the sides with Rustoleum Topside Oyster White and added an oak rub strip, stained and sealed with Minwax Polyurethane Mission Oak, attached with #6 brass screws.

23 May 16: Skipper takes Winnie out for the first time in many years. Nice light wind day for a test sail.

26 Apr 17:

We had a question about the length of the rudder assembly carriage bolt on a Super Sailfish. So we went out and measured our Standard Sailfish's bolt which is the same bolt as the Super Sailfish, Super Sailfish MKII and wooden Sunfish. The bolt measured 4 3/4 inches. All of the early Alcort wooden boats and the fiberglass Super Sunfish MKII had a smaller transom than the fiberglass Sunfish. The bolt on the old style rudder assembly for the fiberglass Sunfish is around 7 inches.

Standard Sailfish rudder assembly carriage bolt.

Fiberglass Sunfish rudder assembly carriage bolt (longer).

While I was poking around Winnie I noticed that the transom varnish is kind of crunchy, I think I was in a hurry and used some old varnish. So I'll clean that up and maybe try Total Boat Gleam Satin. I like it on the seat in the Penobscot 14 so far. I also like that JD sends along a free application kit with the varnish that includes 2 paint pots, 2 stir sticks, 2 foam brushes, 2 paint strainers, and a pair of latex gloves FREE (a $10 value).

14 Jun 17:

1953 Alcort Sunfish Zip and 195? Alcort Standard Sailfish Winnie hit the high seas for a messabout today. As always it was a treat to rig these simple boats. Drop the mast through the gooseneck, raise the sail, clip the sheet, clip the daggerboard retainer and pin the rudder. Add a PFD and they're ready to go.

Skipper wore her new hat, a gift from WoodenBoat to commemorate the Relaunching of Winnie in 2016. They were both featured in WoodenBoat Magazine number 257.

Light winds, warm temps made for a peaceful sail. Both boats tacked and gybed beautifully. Winnie sailed with a longer Barrington style daggerboard and the extra 8 inches provided a nice foot rest for the Skipper. Her vintage silk sail sets beautifully and the elephant ear rudder answered the helm at every turn.

Zip cruised with ease, powered by a race cut sail from Schurr Sails Pensacola. Normally too much sail, it was perfect for the zephyr experienced today. She made a very stable camera platform and the cockpit provided a comfortable seating area.

04 May 18:

Light winds, but enough to ghost our Sunfish and Standard Sailfish for an hour.

14 JUN 19:

Gathered some measurements of the sail rig from our Alcort Standard Sailfish WINNIE. But first we compared the 65 square foot sail to a Super Sailfish 75 sf sail.

Gaff and boom are 12' 8". Spruce.

Wilcox and Crittenden bronze boom blocks are set at 6' and 10', fastened with integral screws.

Interconnecting hardware.

Boom and gaff are just over 1 1/2" diameter.

Tapered down to 15/16th inch starting 3 inches from the end, with 3/16th inch bee hole 1 inch from the end.

Mast 9' 7". Spruce and T6061 Aluminum. Sheave set at 9' 3 1/2".

Lower 4 feet is aluminum.

Diameter 2 1/4 inches. Taper to top starts at 6'.

1 3/4 inches at top, with 1 3/4 inch sheave.

Maybe the coolest sail ever.

10-11 Sep 19:

Picked up SMEDLEY, Eddie and his team made the trailer 15' 6" so it will fit in a Pods moving and storage container. They cut off about a foot on the tongue, and the trailer looks better and still tows great. We had asked for a longer tongue when we had the trailer built, thinking we could back the boat all the way into the water, but it turned out it was easy to get the boat on and off the trailer with the rollers.

The Pod arrived and SMEDLEY fits! With room to spare on the side.

Once SMEDLEY was in we built a rack over the top. It holds the Super Sailfish ZSA ZSA and Sunfish MADISON. Suspended above is our wooden Sunfish ZIP, and below are the Standard Sailfish WINNIE and wooden Sunfish CHIP. The rack also held all of the spars and sails, there was also room for 4 Dynamic Dollies which break down easily. We also put the compact planer in the Pod and all of our boat patterns.

12 Sep 19:

The Pod Full of Fish departed to Virginia, full of our Standard Sailfish WINNIE, Super Sailfish ZSA ZSA, wooden Sunfish ZIP and CHIP, Catfish SMEDLEY and fiberglass Sunfish MADISON.

12 Sep 19:

The Pod Full of Fish departed to Virginia, full of our Standard Sailfish WINNIE, Super Sailfish ZSA ZSA, wooden Sunfish ZIP and CHIP, Catfish SMEDLEY and fiberglass Sunfish MADISON.

Next stop Chesapeake! (Editor's Note: The boats went to Chesapeake and were later recalled due to Pandemic. They are loading up again for another try, January 2021.)

28 Jan 21:

We took lines and offset measurements from our early Alcort Standard Sailfish with hopes of building a replica someday, and as a repair reference.

We measured half breadths, plank heights at Stations set in inches from stem to stern. At the stem we measured back 5, 10, 15 and 20 inches then every 10 inches past that for half breadths. The we also located the screws on the side planks that held internal cleats for the transverse frames and took measurement at those locations. We measured plank height as well as keel height. All measurements are to the outer edge of the 3/4 inch thick plank and 1/4 inch thick deck and hull, so frame measurements would have to deduct those thicknesses. 

The oldie but goodie measuring convention we used was Feet - Inches - Eighths. Example below 0-2-2 translates to a bow (stem) height of 0 Feet - 2 Inches - 2/8 Inches. 

Once measured, WINNIE found a comfy spot in the PODS container under SMEDLEY.

Among other projects, we are working on The Wooden Sunfish and Sailfish Owners Manual. Lines and Offsets will be included, plus build instructions. Patterns will also be offered.

to be continued...


  1. Are either of these for

    1. Howdy, No WINNIE and ZIP are not for sale, great fun boats, the core of our "Alcort Museum." Sunfish CHIP or Super Sailfish ZSA ZSA might be, but they still need a lot of work. We will let you know. Cheers, Clark and Skipper

  2. Anyone know of a wooden sailfish available on west coast? Email Thanks. Chris.