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Old 25-09-2017, 07:40   #1
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Bought a....Sunfish

Yes, wanted a small boat to sail when conditions are just right so found a late 60s Sunfish in very good condition.

Wow. Talk about unforgiving. You screw up, this boat lets you know it. Weight a little off where it should be, boat won't perform. If sail shape isn't just right, it will barely move. And when the wind died I had to paddle it like a surfboard back to the dock.

What a humbling experience!
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Old 25-09-2017, 07:48   #2
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Re: Bought a....Sunfish

Yes, the acquisition of seamanship IS a humbling experience, as is all learning. The basics that you're learning with a Sunfish will serve you wherever you go, and in whatever sailing vessel you find yourself. Fair winds, and following seas.
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Old 25-09-2017, 07:57   #3
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Re: Bought a....Sunfish

Heh, did the same thing. Just finished refinishing an old sailing dinghy I picked up for little $s. Unfortunately, after spending two weeks and about 20 hours varnishing everything that could be varnished, I wore shorts with zippers on the back pocket for the maiden voyage and scratched up the seats!
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I've also found it to be very unstable with 16' of mast up and no counterbalance. Like you said, even a small mistake ...
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. The basics that you're learning with a Sunfish will serve you wherever you go, .
That is, unless it's been a long time since I've been only on larger, heavier sailing vessels and haven't been on a dinghy in decades...experience does fade with time. Time to bring back some basic lessons...my big boat somehow doesn't care so much about balance and the 150% genoa is pretty forgiving except in heavy air. Even the R Class I race on is far more forgiving that this Sunfish!
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Re: Bought a....Sunfish

Stick with it, you'll sort it out soon enough.

What is your hull number? Ours 57182, which makes it a 1968.

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Yes, wanted a small boat to sail when conditions are just right so found a late 60s Sunfish in very good condition.

Wow. Talk about unforgiving. You screw up, this boat lets you know it. Weight a little off where it should be, boat won't perform. If sail shape isn't just right, it will barely move. And when the wind died I had to paddle it like a surfboard back to the dock.

What a humbling experience!
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Old 26-09-2017, 06:44   #7
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Stick with it, you'll sort it out soon enough.

What is your hull number? Ours 57182, which makes it a 1968.
I don't have the number with me, it starts with either 4 or 54, seller told me it's a late 1960s boat and it looks it- all bronze, no stainless, a hook for the sheet, no cleats, wood dagger board and rudder.
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I had a 1972. Exactly as you describe.

In my opinion a sunfish really only becomes fun when you get a good stiff breeze. And then it becomes really fun.
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Ran the SN, it's a 1967. Gosh, fifty years old! I bought a boat that's 50 years old! And with the original sail, to boot!

Light air this past weekend, so instead of big boat sailing my daughter and I went Sunfish sailing- and she had a blast being in total control.
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My fist boat was a Dolphin SR, 14ft lateen rig, much like a Sunfish. I really enjoyed that Boat and learned a great deal on her. My current boat is a lot more comfortable and versatile but that little sunfish type was at least as much fun per dollar spent.
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Re: Bought a....Sunfish

I built the SunFish's little brother from a kit when I was 12 and it taught me almost everything I needed to know about how to sail. Learned very early how to right it when capsized. This was back in the days of cotton sails and it had a permanent brown stain at the sail peak from getting it inverted and stuck in the mud of the lake bottom. Could sail it standing on edge for the fun of it with enough wind. Learned to get every bit of forward propulsion from meager winds to keep from paddling home. Sailed the hell out of that boat. Sounds like you are getting as much enjoyment out of the boat as I did.
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