Sunfish sailboat dating
Sunfish sailboat dating
If the boat has a storage compartment, "new style" rudder hardware (where the rudder attaches via an aluminum bracket on the transom) and has a metal rail around the gunwale, it was built between 1972-1987.
Sometimes the machine used to imprint the numbers made an impression that looks something like a 1 at the end of the number, so ignore that.
The difference in the cockpit is not apparent unless you put your head in the cockpit and see the joint where the upper end of the cockpit hit the deck.
The 1971/72 model year boats have a very rough edge at the joint, whereas other years (before the cockpit became integrated into the deck) had a smooth transition.
Old or young, tall or short, expert or beginner, the Sunfish will provide you with years of fun.
It’s warm in Jamaica year round, so there is no need for wet suits.
It was not really determined until the summer of 1972, when the cockpit was re-redesigned with a flanged top like the older shorter cockpit.
Alcort replaced many boats, as the 1971/72 model year boats could not be repaired.From January 1, 1984 until August 1, 1984 STRAIGHT YEAR and MODEL YEAR were optional. The Sunfish sailboat is a personal size, beach launched sailing dinghy utilizing a pontoon type hull carrying a lateen sail mounted to an un-stayed mast. and first appeared around 1952 as the "next generation" improvement on their original boat, the Sailfish.Hull Identification Number If there is a serial number molded into the hull, it will be in the upper right corner of the transom. 1, 1972 to Aug 1, 1984 two formats were used to show the date of production, STRAIGHT YEAR and MODEL YEAR.It can be deciphered to give you the manufacturer and model year. Straight Year Format AMF 59483 07 79 Manufacturer: AMF Alcort Hull Number: 59483 Month: 07 Year: 79 Model Year Format AMF 59483 M 84 G Manufacturer: AMF Alcort Hull Number: 59483 M = Model Year Format Model Year: 84 Month of Production: G (Feb) Production Month Letter Codes: A = August; B=September; C=October; D=December; F=January; G=February; H=March; I=April; J=May; K=June; L=July "New Format" In 1984 an updated format known as the "NEW FORMAT" replaced STRAIGHT YEAR and MODEL YEAR formats. Hull Number: 99999 Production Month: B (February) See Below Year of Production: 7 Model Year: 87 Production Month Letter Codes: A= January; B=February; C=March; D=April; E=May; F=June; G=July; H=August; I=September; J=October; K=November; L=December Attached is a full timeline of the Sunfish History.and although boats were supplied to the 2016 World Championships, they have not been widely sold.