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    Quote Originally Posted by Gordon Bartlett View Post
    Just a slight correction to the thread: Zsa Zsa Gabor was not the actress who played Lisa on Green Acres. That was her sister Eva. They look rather similar. As for the boats, they look like a lot of fun. I never had one, but I remember seeing lots of them as a kid on Lake St. Clair.
    Oh My Gosh, I goofed that up! Well for now she'll stay ZSA ZSA and maybe we'll build her sister EVA The boats have been fun to sail, a wet ride and lots of laughs. Also very serene in whispers of wind.

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    Quote Originally Posted by wsgilliam View Post
    Thats cool. Very working man type finish. I like it.
    Work boat finish is our specialty, no fine floating furniture for us!

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    Quote Originally Posted by nedL View Post
    They are fun little boats. Iím enjoying seeing your progress.
    Thanks Ned, we enjoy chipping away at each project, kind of like a 3D jigsaw puzzle.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Arlc View Post
    I learned to sail on a glass sailfish when I was 6. Went on to a Hobie18, other go fast sailboats, then a trip to the dark side, then back. Brings back memories.
    Maybe you need another one

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    Quote Originally Posted by donald branscom View Post
    I like the foam inside. If there is a leak they will keep the water out. They weigh nothing.
    That might take the maintenance fun and intent out of having a pontoon hull, and it invites saturated foam is what we have seen in the other Alcort boats with foam. Designed before the 1972 requirements, there is a certain simplicity to it that we like. There are certainly a lot of newer flotation improvements that can be considered.

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    Quote Originally Posted by wizbang 13 View Post
    Geeze what a cool hobby, collecting these old wood Alcorts!
    I wuz gonna say, no need to trash the keel if it's not rotten, just epoxy it...but you got it!
    We kind of want to have an Alcort Museum, either in the yard or virtual. Something about their early boats captured our attention, especially the Sunfish. And the Sailfish. And the Super Sailfish. And the Catfish.

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    The epoxy fix, that took a while to percolate up to the surface.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ahp View Post
    It is surprising how much weather they will take.
    Yep, if they don't like they weather they just go under it, a lot smoother under the waves

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    Quote Originally Posted by skuthorp View Post
    I thought you might like to look at this, They are Australian Sailfish, the blue and white sail is mine, built in the early 1960's by my cousin and myself.
    Similar in many ways with your Alcort, but with a big fully battened sail. Over the last 2 years the class has seen a big resurgence as older boats and skippers, and new boats are added to the active list.
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    im building one right now with left over ply from the fireball project.
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    Epoxied and nailed all the bottom panels last night.

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    Cleaned up the scarf joint today with a Stanley number 5 Jack plane and 60 grit on the sander.

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    Mixed up some TotalFair fairing compound to cover the nail heads and scarf joint.

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    Have a little repair to do on the rub rail.

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    Sanded, one coat primer, one coat TotalBoat WetEdge BluGlo White.

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    Trimmed keel to fit rudder assembly hardware.

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    Float Test last week. No leaks in the new bits, tacks and gybes with ease.

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    Did an air leak test and found lots of leaks around the deck/hull seam, so we removed the toe rail and rub rail. Cleaned out a bit of the seam with a oscillating tool and resealed the seam with THIXO fro a syringe. Removed the coaming and mast step, sanded the deck and sides. Dry fitting the new toe rail and rub rail, they will protect the seam and make a nice hand grip.

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    Toe rail and rub rail dry fit. They'll be fastened with epoxy, screws removed and holes faired.

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    Removed trim screws and filled holes with fairing compound. First coat of Topside Primer to fill the bit of checking left over from sanding.

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    Light sanding up next, then coat 2 of primer.

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    Lightly sanded primer with 220 grit. TotalBoat WetEdge Fire Red, 1st coat.

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    Nice to see an old Sailfish back on the water. A friend's father built one when we were youngsters back in the early 1960's. I don't remember if it was from plans or a kit. He also rebuilt a Piper Cub in his basement. I also remember the Catfish as there was one docked a few boats away from us on Cowen Lake, Ohio in the mid 1960's. At one time there were 2 Catfish and 3 Tiger Cats on the lake.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mike Dawson View Post
    Nice to see an old Sailfish back on the water. A friend's father built one when we were youngsters back in the early 1960's. I don't remember if it was from plans or a kit. He also rebuilt a Piper Cub in his basement. I also remember the Catfish as there was one docked a few boats away from us on Cowen Lake, Ohio in the mid 1960's. At one time there were 2 Catfish and 3 Tiger Cats on the lake.
    Sounds like our kind of lake!

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    Sea Trials! No leaks, she tacks and gybes. Toe rail was a good call Plans to follow.

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