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Alcort (USA)
1953-1982

The name ALCORT derived from the nick names of it's founders, Alex Bryan and Cortland Heyniger, both of Waterbury, Connecticut. They started in around 1941 building and selling SKEETER class iceboats. To provide year round work they decided to design and build a sailboat. This became the SAILFISH. (One story is that it was originally intended as a rescue surfboard for lifeguards, but did not achieve Red Cross approval.) Production began about June of 1945 for both kits and completed boats. After the boat was featured in a Life Magazine article, production increased from a few boats a year to a point where a factory was needed to keep up with the orders. Neither the SAILFISH, or the later SUPER SAILFISH had a cockpit which was the impetus for the SUNFISH design and development. It was the company’s first employee, Carl Meinert, who drew his idea for the SUNFISH on the shop floor and a cockpit was added. The sails, transom, rudder and spars were the same as those made for the SUPER SAILFISH. By 1958 Alcort had out grown it's third plant, so a new plant was built to their own specifications. At this time, the hulls were still made of wood. In 1959 Joe Schmit of Naugatuck Chemical Company convinced Alcort to try fiberglass. The SUPER SAILFISH was produced in fiberglass in 1959 and the SUNFISH manufacturing process was changed over to fiberglass in 1960. The SAILFISH was phased out in 1962, but the SUPER SAILFISH stayed in production for several more years with 100 to 200 hulls a year being built and sold. Alcort stopped selling kits in the mid-60s. By 1982 over 200,000 SUNFISH had been sold. Despite the numbers, producing a single Sunfish hull was a labor intensive task. All the layup in the female mold was done by hand. Chopper guns were never used. By 1969 Alcort was overwhelmed by the ever increasing demand and the company was sold to AMF. Licenses were granted for construction in Holland, Canada, Chile and Uraguay. Vanguard took over the SUNFISH from AMF for several years. As of 2011, the SUNFISH is still in production.
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NAME/TYPE       LOA First Built
English / Metric
SUNFISH 13.83' / 4.22m 1952
SUPER SAILFISH 13.58' / 4.14m 1959
CATFISH (ALCORT) 13.17' / 4.01m 1964
FLYING FISH 14.00' / 4.27m 1970
MINIFISH II 11.75' / 3.58m 1971
MINIFISH 11.75' / 3.58m 1971
PUFFER (AMF) 12.50' / 3.81m 1972
FORCE 5 13.83' / 4.22m 1972
SUPER SUNFISH 13.83' / 4.22m 1974
AMF 2100 21.08' / 6.43m 1977
APOLLO 16 15.75' / 4.80m 1977
TRAC-14 14.08' / 4.29m 1980
TRAC-18 18.00' / 5.49m 1982
TRAC-16 16.42' / 5.00m 1983
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