Sunfish Sailboat Celebrates 60 Years of Sailing

Sunfish, photo/New England Boating The little Sunfish, far and away the most popular sailboat ever built, just turned 60 and they’re still churning them out at the rate of four a day at LaserPerformance in Portsmouth [Rhode Island].

A few things have changed since Alex Byran and Cortlandt Heniger (hence the ‘Al’ and ‘Cort’ of their Alcort company) built the first one in 1952 as a beamier, and, with a well where feet can fit, more comfortable successor to their Sailfish. Construction switched from wood to fiberglass early on, improvements kept the rudder from popping up at the worst moment, and sails went from white to stripes of every color.

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