Place: North America
Since the end of the Second World War, fiberglass has been the most widely used material for building boats.
Sunfish Sailboat, circa 1970
AMF Alcort, Inc., Waterbury, Connecticut
Gift of Dr. and Mrs. David Gundlach and Sons
Since the end of the Second World War, fiberglass has been the most widely used material for building boats. The combination of glass fibers & strong epoxy glues can mimic the compound curves of wood, but at far less expense through mass production. Today, many classes of sailboats and powerboats are built of fiberglass.
Designed in 1958, the Sunfish is still one of the most popular one-design sailboat classes in the world. Sunfish are inexpensive, durable, and easy to sail. In 1975, Fortune magazine named the Sunfish one of the best-designed products in America.
Origin: Connecticut, USA, Waterbury