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Sunfish is a 13 ′ 10 ″ / 4.2 m monohull sailboat designed by Alexander Bryan/Cortland Heyniger/Carl Meinart and built by AMF Corp., Alcort, Pearson Yachts, and LaserPerformance starting in 1952.

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Auxilary power, accomodations, calculations.

The theoretical maximum speed that a displacement hull can move efficiently through the water is determined by it's waterline length and displacement. It may be unable to reach this speed if the boat is underpowered or heavily loaded, though it may exceed this speed given enough power. Read more.

Classic hull speed formula:

Hull Speed = 1.34 x √LWL

Max Speed/Length ratio = 8.26 ÷ Displacement/Length ratio .311 Hull Speed = Max Speed/Length ratio x √LWL

Sail Area / Displacement Ratio

A measure of the power of the sails relative to the weight of the boat. The higher the number, the higher the performance, but the harder the boat will be to handle. This ratio is a "non-dimensional" value that facilitates comparisons between boats of different types and sizes. Read more.

SA/D = SA ÷ (D ÷ 64) 2/3

  • SA : Sail area in square feet, derived by adding the mainsail area to 100% of the foretriangle area (the lateral area above the deck between the mast and the forestay).
  • D : Displacement in pounds.

Ballast / Displacement Ratio

A measure of the stability of a boat's hull that suggests how well a monohull will stand up to its sails. The ballast displacement ratio indicates how much of the weight of a boat is placed for maximum stability against capsizing and is an indicator of stiffness and resistance to capsize.

Ballast / Displacement * 100

Displacement / Length Ratio

A measure of the weight of the boat relative to it's length at the waterline. The higher a boat’s D/L ratio, the more easily it will carry a load and the more comfortable its motion will be. The lower a boat's ratio is, the less power it takes to drive the boat to its nominal hull speed or beyond. Read more.

D/L = (D ÷ 2240) ÷ (0.01 x LWL)³

  • D: Displacement of the boat in pounds.
  • LWL: Waterline length in feet

Comfort Ratio

This ratio assess how quickly and abruptly a boat’s hull reacts to waves in a significant seaway, these being the elements of a boat’s motion most likely to cause seasickness. Read more.

Comfort ratio = D ÷ (.65 x (.7 LWL + .3 LOA) x Beam 1.33 )

  • D: Displacement of the boat in pounds
  • LOA: Length overall in feet
  • Beam: Width of boat at the widest point in feet

Capsize Screening Formula

This formula attempts to indicate whether a given boat might be too wide and light to readily right itself after being overturned in extreme conditions. Read more.

CSV = Beam ÷ ³√(D / 64)

Although the earliest models were built of wood and offered as kits, the fiberglass version, first introduced in 1960, became the most popular recreational sailboat in history. As a result, there were many imitators.

Sunfish Builder Chronology 1952 - 1969 Alcort, Inc. (founded 1945) 1969 - 1986 AMF 1986 - 1988 Loveless & DeGarmo, dba, Alcort Sailboats Inc. 1988 - 1991 Pearson Yacht Co. 1991 - 1997 Sunfish/Laser, Inc. 1997 - 2007 Vanguard 2007 - Laser Performance Change in class rules permitted a new, slightly deeper daggerboard in the mid-1990’s.

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Laser Sunfish

The Sunfish is a sailing icon. One of sailings best-known brands, it is unmatched in simplicity and performance making it popular for all ages and abilities. Designed as the ultimate beach craft, this maintenance free boat holds its resale value thanks to its robust construction. Further highlighted by hard chines and a flat underbody. In addition, the Sunfish can be stored almost anywhere and is a snap to car-top. This makes it a popular international class and is also easy to transport to your favourite beach for family fun.

  • Fibreglass hull
  • Fibreglass foils
  • Aluminium spars
  • Class legal sail Lightweight hull
  • Kick-up rudder system
  • Self-bailing cockpit
  • Storage compartment in the cockpit

Vago Race Extra Features

  • Class legal race sail with window
  • Ability to rig an outhaul, cunningham and also quick release gooseneck


  • Capacity: 1 – 2 People
  • Length: 13.9FT/4.24M
  • Beam: 4.1FT/1.25M
  • Draft: 2.11FT/0.64M
  • Sail Area: 81.38FT²/7.56M²
  • Vago Race Sail Area: 75FT²/6.97M²
  • Skill Level: Beginner – Expert
  • Race Level: Club – International

The Laser Sunfish is available in a number of setup options, please go to the official site to see the full range of options. We are also here to help too, feel free to get in touch and we can help with pricing and details, please call +852 2827 5876 or use our contact page .

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Laser Sunfish – The Ultimate Beach Craft

Race version.

The Sunfish Race is a box one design that provides equal performance for all boats – so it is not a better boat that wins the race, but the better sailor. One of sailing’s most recognized brands, The Sunfish Race combines simplicity and performance making it popular for racers who do not want to spend time working on their boats, but want to be out racing! Designed as the ultimate beach craft, this maintenance free boat holds its resale value thanks to its robust construction, highlighted by hard chines and a flat underbody. The Sunfish can be stored almost anywhere and is a snap to car-top, making it a popular International class and easy to transport to the hundreds of racing events held worldwide.

Sunfish Race Extra Features

Related products, laser 4.7 – race & xd.

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Agile, fun boats like the classic sunfish and new hobie bravo keep the smile in summer sailing..

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Messing around in small boats is a global theme-one thats embraced by pond-bound pram sailors, river riders, lake voyagers, and all of us who call salt water home. The purpose of this sailing dinghy profile is to highlight seven very interesting little sailboats. Some are new designs, and others have stood the test of time, but all are currently being manufactured, and each drives home just how much fun sailing close to the water can be.

This isn’t a shootout among anorexic speedsters or a report on the best tender that doubles as a sailing dinghy. Its a look at perennials like the Optimist, Sunfish, and Laser-legendary competitors that have helped spawn some of the best sailors in the world. But its also a look at three of the newest entries in the dinghy-sailing circle: Bics Open, Hobies Bravo, and Laser Performances Bug. These agile, new sailing dinghies are chock full of fun and boat-handling features to inspire kids of all ages to go sailing.

Well also take a look at Chesapeake Light Crafts kit approach to getting started-one that offers meaningful lessons and tangible rewards well before the boat ever hits the water.

Scale down an Open 60, add sail technology long favored by windsurfers, and put it into play in a tough thermo-formed hull, and you have the makings for a new kind of watercraft. The result is a very interesting blend of performance and reliability that targets adolescent interest. When all is said and done, Bics boat is more akin to a sit-down windsurfer than a traditional Blue Jay. And like all good boats, its vying for attention not just based on performance, construction quality, and style, but just as importantly, on the price tag stuck to the hull.

The Open Bics light weight and wide, flat stern section means that even small chop can be surfed; and bursts of planing on a reach add a zing factor to dinghy sailing. The Open Bic is already an International Sailing Federation (ISAF)-sanctioned class, and fleets are developing around the US. Another bonus: Its an easily portable boat that can be carried like a windsurfer, adding excitement to a Sunday picnic at the beach.

The thermo-formed polyethylene hull is a modified hard-chine design with lots of beam aft. Sailed flat, the boat is agile enough to surf wavelets, and with a shape thats ergonomically friendly to hiking, the ensuing heel on the upwind leg puts just the right amount of chine into the water. In light air, careful control of heel can significantly reduce wetted surface.

The design team that developed the Open Bic saw it as a transition bridge from Optimist sailing to a more performance-oriented dinghy. An interesting innovation is that the Open Bic can be sailed with an Optimists rig and blades. This buy the hull only approach can be a significant incentive for parents with children outgrowing their Opti as fast as their boat shoes. However it wont be long before the kids want the fully turbo-charged feel delivered with the Open Bics well-shaped 4.5-square-meters rig, sail, and nicely foiled blades.

Bottom line: The Open Bic is fast, agile, and buckets of fun for kids uninspired by sailing in the slow lane.

Just when you think that Hobie Cat Co. has covered whats possible in beach-cat innovation, their design/engineering crew comes up with a new twist that reinvents the wheel. The Hobie Bravo is a good case in point.

In a recent visit to Backyard Boats ( ) in Annapolis, Md., we got a good look at the Bravo. Nearly as narrow as a monohull but still quite stable, this quick-to-launch beach cat packs plenty of get-up-and-go. Its a simple to sail, entry-level boat that fast tracks learning the steer, sheet, and hike trilogy. The boat features a single, midline rudder and roto-molded hulls. The shape of the hulls provides enough lateral plane to allow a crew to make headway to windward.

The narrow (4 feet), 12-foot Bravo uses crew weight and hiking straps to add to the righting moment once the breeze is up. Whats done with webbing on larger cats has been converted to a shallow, rigid deck well on the Bravo. It does raise the weight of the boat to 195 pounds, but it offers comfortable seating plus room for cushions and a cooler. Kids or grown ups can have a Tom Sawyer-Huck Finn type of adventure aboard this fun little sailing machine. Or the family on a beach picnic can set it up and take turns speed reaching along a sandy shoreline.

The furling mast supports a roachy sail with slightly slanted vertical battens, helping to shape the boomless mainsail. The result is convenient sail handling, decent performance, and superior safety. Theres no boom to clobber the crew, and the roller-furled sail and mast are easily stepped in the tripod-like receiver. This interesting set of struts raises the top bearing point of the mast step and spreads rig loads out to the hulls. The furling mainsail offers the ability to reef, a big plus in a building breeze or when teaching children to sail.

Like all of the boats in the Hobie lineup, theres a wide range of specialty parts and fittings that make the boats fast to rig and easy to handle. The kick-up rudder is hung on gudgeons mounted in the center of stern, and just as rig loads have been effectively spread via the tripod step, the energy radiating from the large rudder is spread athwartships via a contoured deck element.

Bottom line: The boat is quick to rig, easy to launch, and responsive to beginners-more experienced sailors will have just as much fun power reaching when the breeze is up.

The Bug

A pocket-sized club trainer, the Bug is an evolution of the kids trainer/club racer that leverages lessons learned in Optis, Dyers, and Sabots. It pulls together the logic of a stable hull shape and simple-to-sail rig, and puts it all in a cost-effective package.

Lending to its success is designer Jo Richardss ergonomic, roto-molded hull, a fabrication that is as close to zero maintenance as a boat can get. The straight out-of-the-mold polyethylene skin gets a few decals, and theres no wood to refinish or gelcoat to wax. These tough, abrasion-resistant hulls have a bumper boat tolerance thats a big plus when it comes to kids learning to sail. Best of all, owners can start with a learn-to-sail rig and upgrade to a more performance-oriented mast and sail package (41 or 56 square feet) that kicks performance into the fast lane.

Oars and an outboard motor bracket can be added to turn the little sailboat into a dual-purpose dinghy. Even the bow painters means of attachment makes sense-no projecting hardware ready to knick the topsides of unintended contacts. Instead, theres a recessed hole in the stem allowing a line to be lead through and a knot used to keep the painter in place.

Bottom line: Aimed at club programs and families look for boats that can be transported on the car top, the Bug is easy to rig and definitely kid friendly. The fact that its manufacturer, Laser Performance, is an international interest and a major player in the performance dinghy industry means that this boat and its parts will be around for a while.

Hobie Bravo

Photo courtesy of Hobie Cat Co.

Eastport Pram

Chesapeake Light Craft expedites boatbuilding for do-it-yourselfers looking to take their garage-built boats for a sail. The company pre-cuts parts, packs kits with all the materials, epoxy, and paint youll need, and leads homebuilders through a thoroughly detailed stitch-and-glue approach to assembly. Kits are available in various stages of completeness, ranging from plans only to the full package, including sail, hardware, running rigging, and paint.

The Eastport Pram is just shy of 8 feet, and the marine plywood and epoxy construction delivers a boat that weighs in, sans sailing rig, at just 62 pounds. Lighter than the comparatively sized Bug, this stiff, durable dinghy, rows like a real boat and sails comfortably with one or two aboard. In keeping with other good tender attributes, the Pram behaves under tow and is equally amicable when propelled by a small outboard or tacked up an estuary under sail.

Kit boatbuilding continues to have a niche following. Theres also an added-value feature worth noting: On one hand, the builder receives a box of pieces and the result of his or her endeavor leads to an aesthetic and utilitarian dinghy. In addition, the DIY skills the builder develops will be useful in other epoxy bonding, brightwork, or mono-urethane application projects. Such talents will benefit many other boat maintenance endeavors.

Whats hard to quantify is the sense of accomplishment derived from sailing a boat that you have built yourself. When the project is tackled in tandem with a child, spouse, or friend, the memories and the boat will last.

Bottom line: With neither sidedecks or a sealed hull, this is not a boat thats easy to recover from a capsize. So once the kids favor on-the-edge sailing in a building breeze, a non swamping, easier-righting boat is probably a better option. The Pram can then be put to use by their appreciative parents or grandparents.

Never in their wildest dreams did Bruce Kirby and Ian Bruce imagine that the Weekender (the Lasers original name) was destined to become an Olympic class sailboat and one of the most popular springboards for top-tier sailors in the world today. Originally envisioned as a car-topper for weekend campers, the cat-rigged, low freeboard sailing dinghy morphed from its original roots into a boat favored by college competitors and revered by generations of agile sailors of all ages. Even frostbiting winter sailors have locked onto the Laser.

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Designed in 1969, the Lasers first few years were anything but smooth sailing. Popularity grew quickly, but along with the limelight came plenty of consternation. Dubbed a surfboard not a sailboat by a growing cross-section of the yachting elite-many parents warned junior sailors to steer as clear of Lasers as they did sex, drugs and rock-n-roll. The campaign failed, and junior sailors in yacht club programs around the country fell into the grip of the new one-design dinghy-discovering the sailboats proclivity to plane.

one-design Laser

Dyer Dhows languished in boat sheds across the country as a new theme in sailing took hold. Dubbed fast is fun by sailor/engineer Bill Lee, the young Merlin of Santa Cruz, Calif., took the theme to big-boat sailing, merging California culture with the Laser logic of light displacement and planing hull shapes.

Best of all, the Laser embraced the ideal of a tightly controlled one-design class that put people on the water in identical boats and left winning and losing races up to sailing skill and tactics rather than a boats performance edge. For decades, the boat has been the single-handed sailors choice among junior sailing programs, and with the addition of the Radial, 4.7 and M rigs, smaller competitors have also found the boat to be a great sailing platform. Today, theres some lawyer saber-rattling over the sale of the design rights, but the boat remains more popular than ever.

The sleeved sail, two-part spar, daggerboard, and kick-up rudder make the boat a quick-to-rig and fast-to-get underway dinghy. Light-air efficiency is good for a one-design sailboat, but this means that as the breeze builds, the non-reefable sail can become a handful in a hurry. In fact, the boats Dr. Jekyll-and-Mr. Hyde demeanor is what builds talent among Laser practitioners. The big boys block the mainsail and blast off for the layline, while lighter sailors heavy-weather tactics include more nuanced de-powering and feathering. In light air, the tables turn, and the winner is often the sailor who planes quickest on the reaches. The old guards surfboard slam may have held some credence after all.

Bottom line: The Laser is a timeless classic thats easily transported and is built for performance. Its well suited to adrenaline-seeking teens as well as the more fit adult crowd.

Designed in 1947 by Floridian Clark Mills, the utilitarian Optimist could be made out of two sheets of plywood-and from its inception, the Optimist was meant to link kids with the water. Slipping into obscurity in the U.S., the little pram found fertile ground to grow in northern Europe. With just a few tweaks, the Scandinavians took Millss lines and parlayed them into whats become the favored junior sailing trainer for kids from Detroit to Timbuktu. Statistics show that there are about 30 builders worldwide putting out approximately 4,000 boats each year. With about 130,000 boats class registered and an estimated 300,000 total hulls built (amateur and pro), theres plenty of reasons to get excited about an Opti.

Performance boats

The example weve chosen is the USA-built McLaughlin boat, both a demonstration of high-quality FRP construction and modern manufacturing techniques. Its also a boat that can be purchased in a range of performance-inducing iterations-upgrades designated as club, intermediate, advanced, and professional versions. Like all performance sailboats, stiffness and strength-to-weight ratio is important. But class rules include a minimum weight, so the most competitive hulls meet the mandatory lower limit but use good engineering and building technique to reinforce the daggerboard slot and mast step and produce overall stiffness.


The low mast height and high aspect ratio sprit sail is very versatile, affording young (and small, 65 to 130 pounds) sailors a wide window of decent performance. The flat bottom, slab-sided hull is responsive to crew weight-driven trim changes, and the better the sailor, the more agile they become. Light-air performance is all about minimizing wetted surface and maximizing sail area projection. When the breeze starts to kick up, the sailor becomes the ballast, and the art of hiking, sheet handling, and tiller wiggling come into play.

Under careful adult supervision, two 6- to 8-year-olds can double-hand the friendly little dinghy, or one more-confident child can solo sail it. In fact, introducing kids to sailing with similar proportioned small prams has been a right of passage around for decades. A set of oarlock gudgeons can turn the pram into a functional dinghy thats also adaptable to the smaller Torqeedo outboard (

McLaughlin also markets a Roto-molded polyethylene version of the Opti and sells DIY kits for those who want to create their own wood version.

Bottom line: The Opti is like a first bicycle without the need for training wheels. The fact that at the last Olympics, over 80 percent of the winning sailors had gotten their start in an Optimist speaks well to the value of messing around in this particular dinghy.

Open Bic

Designed in 1951 by ice boaters Alexander Bryan and Cortland Heyniger, the hard chine Sunfish was the prototype board boat. In 1959, it made the transition into fiberglass, and over the following half-century, more than a quarter-million hulls would hit the water. Simplicity and decent sailing attributes combined with an attractive price to make the Sunfish the most popular one-design dinghy ever raced.

Far more than a platform for racers, these boats are an excellent training tool for sailors of all ages. Also built by Laser Performance, they reflect the fun of summer and put sailors in close contact with the water on which they sail. Its no surprise that the larger fleets coincide with warm water and many see going for a swim to be part and parcel of the low-freeboard experience.

The lateen rig is in keeping with the overall design concept and simplifies rigging. A short stub of a mast is stepped and a single halyard hoists the sail along with tilting V-shaped upper and lower booms.

The total sail area is nearly the same as the Laser, but the halyard hoist versatility of the lateen rig make it a handy beach boat and a little less daunting when the wind begins to build. The clean sail shape on one tack and deformation caused by the mast on the other tack are a slight drawback. The Laser rig is more efficient, but when caught out in a squall, its nice to be able to ease the halyard and dump the sail. Its also handy to be able to leave the boat tethered to a mooring, and the doused sail and short mast make it possible.

Multiple generations of sailors are often found sailing Sunfish, and the boat represents one of the best bargains to be found in the used boat market. When considering a pre owned boat, the potential buyer needs to take a close look at the daggerboard-to-hull junction and mast step, points where previous damage can create hard-to-fix leaks.

Bottom line: The Sunfish is a great beach boat that can turn a hot afternoon into a fun-filled water experience.

There were no losers in this group, and picking winners and runners-up proved a difficult task. The outcome had to be based on assumptions about how these boats would be used. For example, parents with a competitive 9-year-old who swims like a fish, always sprints for the head of the lunch line, and likes to steal bases in Little League probably have an Opti racer in the making. Less competitive junior sailors-future cruisers in the making-will do better learning aboard a Bug. Many newly formed sailing clubs target the boat as their trainer of choice.

The Bravo holds plenty of appeal for those with a lakeside cottage or a favored campground destination. Whether its a solo sail just before sunset or a fun race on Sunday, the quick to set up and put away features are a plus, and for those who feel that two hulls are better-the Bravo will hold plenty of appeal.

Serious competitors can campaign a Laser for life, and whether youre headed for a local district regatta or getting ready for the Olympic trials, the hull, rig, and sail remains identical-sort of like the Monaco Grand Prix being raced in a street legal Mustang.

Bic Opens new little speedster tickled our fancy, and as a trainer/performance boat crossover, it drew a strong nod of approval. Watching the junior sailors smiles as they sailed their Open Bics endorsed our opinion.

And if there is any boat that defines the essence of summer, the Sunfish takes the prize.

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Beginner’s Guide: Learn How to Sail a Sunfish Sailboat Effortlessly

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The Sunfish sailboat is a popular choice for recreational sailing enthusiasts. Its simplicity and maneuverability make it an ideal vessel for beginners and experienced sailors alike. Before setting sail, it is important to familiarize yourself with the various parts of the Sunfish sailboat. These include the hull, mast, boom, daggerboard, rudder, and sail. Understanding how these components interact and function will greatly enhance your sailing experience.

Once you are comfortable with the basics, it is time to prepare for your sailing adventure. This involves checking the weather conditions, ensuring you have the necessary safety equipment, and properly rigging the sailboat. Launching the sailboat into the water is the next step, and once afloat, you are ready to start navigating the waters.

To effectively sail a Sunfish, it is essential to learn and practice basic sailing techniques. This includes steering the boat, tacking (changing direction by turning the bow through the wind), jibing (changing direction with the wind behind), and adjusting the sail trim to optimize speed and control.

For those looking to enhance their sailing skills, advanced techniques such as hiking (leaning out to counterbalance the wind force), capsize and recovery procedures, and more can be explored.

Ensuring a safe and enjoyable sailing experience requires being mindful of safety precautions, such as wearing a life jacket, staying aware of your surroundings, and maintaining proper boat maintenance. Following these tips will help you make the most out of your Sunfish sailboat adventures.

Key takeaway:

  • Sailing a Sunfish sailboat maximizes enjoyment: Sunfish sailboats are designed for a thrilling sailing experience, allowing sailors to have fun on the water.
  • Being prepared is crucial for safe sailing: Checking the weather, having proper safety equipment, and correctly rigging and launching the sailboat are essential steps to ensure a safe sailing experience.
  • Mastering basic and advanced sailing techniques improves performance: Learning how to steer, tack, jibe, and adjust sail trim will enhance control and maneuverability. Advanced techniques like hiking and capsize recovery will further enhance sailing skills.

Parts of a Sunfish Sailboat

When it comes to sailing a Sunfish sailboat , knowing the different parts is crucial. In this section, we’ll dive into the various components that make up a Sunfish sailboat. From the hull to the mast , boom , daggerboard , rudder , and sail , we’ll explore each sub-section and uncover the importance of these elements in maneuvering and harnessing the wind’s power. So, gear up and get ready to gain a comprehensive understanding of the essential parts that allow you to navigate the waters with grace and skill.

The hull of a Sunfish sailboat is essential for stability and buoyancy. It is made of lightweight fiberglass, allowing the boat to glide smoothly through the water. The sleek shape of the hull reduces drag and increases speed.

The hull includes the deck , cockpit , and hull bottom . The deck is the upper part of the hull for sitting or standing. The cockpit is sunken where the sailor controls the boat. The hull bottom is the curved section that contacts the water.

The hull is carefully designed for optimal performance. It is responsive and maneuverable, allowing sailors to navigate different sailing conditions easily. The hull of a Sunfish sailboat is self-bailing, efficiently draining any water that enters the cockpit .

Fun fact: The Sunfish sailboat is a popular recreational sailboat worldwide since its design in 1952. Its simple design and ease of use make it a favorite among sailors of all ages and skill levels.

The mast is an essential component of a Sunfish sailboat. It acts as the support for the sail, and it is crucial to understand some facts about the mast.

It is constructed using either aluminum or fiberglass , providing it with the necessary strength and durability. To ensure stability and proper positioning, the mast is securely attached to the sailboat’s hull using a mast step. Standing tall at around 17 feet, the mast extends vertically from the deck. One notable feature of the mast is the boom , which is affixed to hold the sail’s lower edge, allowing for better control. During sailing, the mast plays a vital role in capturing the wind and propelling the boat forward. Therefore, it is important to regularly inspect and maintain the mast to keep it in excellent condition. A key aspect of this maintenance is proper rigging, which ensures a secure attachment and alignment.

In a sailing race, a Sunfish sailboat encountered strong winds that resulted in the mast breaking in half. The sailor swiftly responded by releasing the sail and retrieving the broken pieces from the water. With the assistance of fellow sailors, a replacement mast was quickly obtained, enabling the sailor to regain strength and finish the race. This incident underlines the significance of a sturdy mast and showcases the resilience of sailors when faced with unforeseen circumstances.

The boom is an integral part of a Sunfish sailboat. It is a horizontal pole that extends from the mast and holds the lower edge of the sail. The boom effectively controls the shape of the sail and the speed of the boat.

One crucial function of the boom is to attach the mainsheet , which is utilized to command the sail. By adjusting the tension of the mainsheet, the sailor has the ability to regulate the angle and position of the boom , thereby governing the power and direction of the sail.

The boom is conveniently adjustable, enabling the sailor to modify the shape of the sail based on the wind conditions. By raising or lowering the boom , the sail can be tightened or loosened, optimizing its performance.

It is important to handle the boom with caution in order to prevent accidents. Always remain aware of the position of the boom while sailing and avoid getting hit. Properly securing the boom when the sailboat is not in use is crucial to prevent swinging and potential damage.


The daggerboard, a fin-like structure located in the center of the hull, plays a crucial role in controlling the direction and stability of a Sunfish sailboat. Its primary function is to provide lateral resistance that counteracts the force of the wind on the sail, preventing drifting and maintaining the boat’s course.

Typically made of durable and lightweight materials such as fiberglass or wood , the daggerboard ensures strength while remaining easy to handle. It can also be adjusted in height, depending on the sailing conditions. Lowering it maximizes resistance in lighter winds, while partially raising it reduces resistance in heavier winds and increases speed.

To position the daggerboard, it is inserted into a slot in the center of the hull and extends beneath the boat into the water. A rope or line attached to a handle at the top allows for easy adjustment of its position. Regularly inspecting the daggerboard for damage or wear is essential, as it directly affects the boat’s performance. Always secure the daggerboard before sailing to prevent accidents or loss of control.

Proper understanding and effective use of the daggerboard will greatly enhance your sailing experience, allowing for smooth navigation in various weather conditions.

The rudder is a vital component of a Sunfish sailboat , situated at the stern. It is a vertical flat plate connected to the hull with a pivot point. The sailor manages the rudder with a tiller , a lengthy handle used to alter the boat’s direction.

The rudder provides stability and balance, counteracting the force of the wind on the sails. It assists in maintaining the boat’s course and prevents veering off track. When sailing straight, the rudder should be aligned with the boat’s keel .

Throughout maneuvers, the sailor adjusts the rudder to steer in the desired direction. Regular inspections are necessary to ensure proper functioning. Adequate control and coordination of the rudder are essential for safe and effective navigation.

Understanding rudder operation and practicing proper rudder control are critical for Sunfish sailboat sailors.

The sail is crucial for a Sunfish sailboat. It harnesses the wind’s power to propel the boat. The sail is made of durable and lightweight fabric, designed to withstand the forces of the wind. It attaches to the mast and boom, which provide structure and stability.

To control the sail, sailors use ropes known as the halyard, mainsheet, and boomvang. By adjusting these ropes, sailors can control the sail’s angle and tension, maximizing speed and maneuverability.

Proper sail trim is essential for efficient sailing. A smoothly shaped sail, without wrinkles or creases, captures the maximum amount of wind for power and speed.

Sailors should regularly inspect their sail for wear or damage. Tears or holes can significantly impact performance and should be promptly repaired. Storing the sail in a dry and protected area when not in use will prolong its lifespan.

Sail history: Sails have been used for propulsion for thousands of years, dating back to ancient civilizations like the Egyptians and Phoenicians. Sail designs have evolved with advancements in materials and technology. Today, sailboats come in various sizes and types, each with a unique sail configuration. From the Sunfish sailboat to larger racing yachts, the sail remains integral, allowing humans to harness the wind’s power and embark on incredible voyages across the seas.

Preparing for Sailing

Before embarking on a thrilling adventure of sailing a Sunfish Sailboat, it is crucial to properly prepare. In this section, we will dive into the essential steps of preparing for a successful sail. From checking the weather conditions to ensuring the presence of necessary safety equipment, we will cover all the pre-sailing essentials. We’ll explore the process of rigging the sailboat and launching it into the open waters. Get ready to set sail with confidence and enjoy a seamless experience on your Sunfish Sailboat !

Checking the Weather

Before sailing on a Sunfish sailboat, it is crucial to check the weather. This ensures a safe and enjoyable experience. Instead of using modal verbs, make factual assertions when checking the weather.

Start by reviewing the local weather forecast, including wind speed and direction, and potential storms or adverse conditions. Look for numerical details like the percentage chance of rain or wind speed in knots.

Also, observe the current weather conditions on the sailing day. Pay attention to the sky, clouds, and wind patterns. Clear sky and steady breeze are generally ideal, while dark clouds or strong gusts may indicate unfavorable conditions.

Understanding the weather will help you make an informed decision on whether it is safe to go sailing. If there are signs of thunderstorms, high winds, or dangerous weather conditions, it is best to postpone the sail.

True story: I once neglected to check the weather before sailing on my Sunfish sailboat. The sky unexpectedly turned dark, and the wind rapidly picked up. Within minutes, a thunderstorm approached, and I found myself in a precarious situation. The wind became too strong, and I struggled to control the boat. Thankfully, I managed to reach the shore safely, but it was a valuable lesson on the importance of checking the weather before sailing. Now, I always check the forecast and evaluate current conditions to ensure a safe and enjoyable experience.

Safety Equipment

Safety equipment is essential for sailing a Sunfish sailboat to protect the crew. To ensure a safe sailing experience, it is crucial to have the following safety equipment on board:

Life jackets: Each person on board needs a properly fitted and Coast Guard-approved life jacket. These life jackets keep individuals afloat and buoyant in the water.

Personal flotation devices (PFDs): In addition to life jackets, it is recommended to have readily available PFDs. These PFDs provide additional flotation and can serve as a backup in emergencies.

Whistle or air horn: A whistle or air horn is a valuable signaling device for emergencies or when assistance is required.

Throwable flotation device: It is important to have a throwable flotation device, such as a cushion or ring buoy, for assistance if someone falls overboard.

First aid kit: Accidents can occur on the water, so it is essential to keep a well-stocked and easily accessible first aid kit. This kit should include bandages, disinfectant, antiseptic cream, and necessary medication.

Bailer or bilge pump: Utilize a bailer or bilge pump to remove excess water from the boat and maintain buoyancy.

Anchor and line: In emergencies or to prevent drifting, have an anchor and line to secure the sailboat.

Navigation lights: If sailing at night or in low-light conditions, it is necessary to use navigation lights for visibility and to comply with marine regulations.

Emergency distress signals: Carry a distress signal kit with flares or other approved signaling devices to attract attention in a distress situation.

Always remember, having the proper safety equipment and knowing how to use it can significantly impact the safety of your sailing experience.

Rigging the Sailboat

Rigging the Sunfish sailboat involves the following steps:

– Attach the mast to the mast step on the boat’s deck.

– Connect the boom to the mast and secure it with a boom vang.

– Slide the daggerboard into the daggerboard trunk and secure it.

– Attach the rudder to the rudder gudgeons at the back of the boat.

– Raise the sail by attaching the halyard to the head of the sail and hoisting it up the mast.

– Attach the tack of the sail to the tack hook on the bow of the boat.

– Secure the clew of the sail to the boom using the mainsheet.

– Adjust the sail trim by tightening or loosening the mainsheet and the boom vang.

Before setting sail, make sure to check all fittings and ropes for proper tension and make any necessary adjustments. It is important to pay attention to the details and ensure everything is properly secured for a safe and enjoyable sailing experience. Regularly inspect and maintain your rigging equipment to prevent any issues while on the water.

Launching the Sailboat

Launching the sailboat is an important step. Here is a guide to help you successfully launch your Sunfish sailboat.

1. Prepare your sailboat by checking for all required equipment.

2. Attach the rudder to the stern of the boat securely.

3. Attach the daggerboard to the centerboard trunk fully.

4. Rig the sail by attaching the halyard to the head of the sail and hoisting it up the mast.

5. Attach the boom to the gooseneck on the mast and secure it with the boom vang.

6. Ensure all lines and fittings are properly secured and adjusted.

7. Push the sailboat into the water, ensuring the rudder and daggerboard are down.

8. Launch the sailboat by pushing off from the shore or using a launching ramp.

9. Once in the water, hop into the boat and position yourself in the cockpit.

10. Raise the daggerboard and rudder to desired positions for sailing.

11. Safely board the sailboat and prepare for sailing by positioning yourself comfortably.

Launching the sailboat can be an exciting experience. I remember the first time I launched my Sunfish sailboat on a calm summer day. As soon as the boat hit the water, I could feel the gentle rocking motion beneath me. With the wind in my sails and the sun on my face, I experienced a sense of freedom and adventure. Launching the sailboat was the start of an amazing day on the water, filled with the thrill of sailing and the beauty of nature surrounding me. It was a memorable experience that ignited my passion for sailing. So, get out there, launch your sailboat, and embark on your unforgettable sailing journey!

Basic Sailing Techniques

When it comes to sailing a Sunfish sailboat, mastering the basic sailing techniques is key . In this section, we will dive into the essential skills you need to navigate the waters with confidence . From steering to tacking , jibing , and adjusting sail trim , we’ll explore each sub-section to equip you with the knowledge and expertise to handle your Sunfish sailboat like a pro . So grab your life jacket and let’s set sail into the world of basic sailing techniques!

Steering a Sunfish sailboat involves understanding the techniques and principles.

Control the steering by using the tiller connected to the rudder at the stern of the boat.

To turn left, push the tiller to the right. To turn right, push the tiller to the left.

Small adjustments to the tiller create subtle changes in direction, while larger movements lead to sharper turns.

Consider the wind direction and force , as they will affect the boat’s steering. Adjustments may be necessary in different wind conditions.

Suggestions to improve steering skills:

Practice regularly in different wind conditions to become more familiar with how the boat responds to your steering.

Experiment with different tiller angles to find the most effective control for your sailing style .

Learn from experienced sailors and apply their techniques in your own sailing.

Develop balance and body positioning to maintain stability while steering the boat.

Continuously assess and adjust your steering to maintain a straight course or navigate turns smoothly.

Tacking is a sailing technique used to change direction when sailing against the wind. It involves turning the sailboat’s bow through the wind, allowing the sail to fill on the opposite side. To execute a successful tack , follow these steps:

1. Steer the sailboat upwind with the wind coming from either side.

2. Release the main sheet to slacken the sail as you initiate the turn.

3. As the bow starts to turn, quickly move to the opposite side of the sailboat.

4. Once on the opposite side, pull in the main sheet to trim the sail to its new position.

5. Steer the sailboat through the wind, maintaining control and avoiding excessive tilting or capsizing.

6. Once the sail starts to fill on the opposite side, the tack is complete, and you can resume your desired course.

Tacking allows for efficient upwind sailing by effectively utilizing the power of the wind. It is crucial for navigating tight or narrow sailing areas. Practice and develop your tacking skills to become a proficient sailor.

is a crucial sailing technique to change direction when sailing downwind. It involves turning the boat’s stern through the wind, switching the sail to the opposite side. To jibe successfully, follow these steps:

1. Prepare for the jibe by releasing the mainsheet slightly to ease sail tension.

2. Gradually steer the boat downwind as it approaches the downwind course.

3. Once on a downwind course, quickly steer the boat further downwind while pulling in the mainsheet to bring the sail across the boat.

4. Be ready for the boom to swing across rapidly as the sail crosses over. Keep your head down and weight centered for balance.

5. Adjust the mainsheet tension to trim the sail properly for the new downwind course.

Jibing can be thrilling but demands careful execution. Maintain control of the boat and be aware of surroundings to prevent collisions or capsizing.

Fact : Jibing can be challenging in strong winds, requiring precise timing and coordination to control sail and boat smoothly. Practice and experience are key to mastering this maneuver.

Adjusting Sail Trim

  • Identify the wind direction by observing flag movement or ripples on the water.
  • Adjust sail trim by tightening or loosening the mainsheet. Tighten it for upwind sailing and loosen it for downwind sailing.
  • Check the sail’s shape for wrinkles or flapping, and make necessary adjustments.
  • Pay attention to the sail’s angle in relation to the wind ( angle of attack ) as it affects the boat’s speed and direction. Adjust trim to achieve the desired angle.
  • Maintain proper balance between the boat’s hull and sail by adjusting sail trim if needed.
  • Continuously reassess and fine-tune sail trim as conditions change to optimize performance.

Advanced Sailing Techniques

Mastering the art of sailing a Sunfish sailboat requires more than just basic skills. In the exciting realm of advanced sailing techniques , we will uncover the secrets behind two crucial sub-sections: hiking and capsize recovery . Get ready to discover how leveraging the power of hiking , along with the essential knowledge of capsize recovery , can catapult your Sunfish sailing prowess to new heights. So, grab your life jacket and prepare to dive into the thrilling world of advanced sailing techniques !

Hiking on a Sunfish sailboat

is a technique that allows the sailor to balance the boat and increase speed. It involves leaning out over the side of the boat to counterbalance the force of the wind in the sail. Hiking is important in strong winds and prevents the boat from tipping over.

To hike effectively, the sailor should position themselves on the windward side of the boat with their feet facing towards the centerline. By extending their body weight out over the side and holding onto the hiking strap or hiking stick, the sailor can maintain stability and control.

Hiking increases boat speed and improves the sailor’s ability to steer and maintain control. By shifting weight and adjusting body position, the sailor can react to changes in wind and wave conditions.

Note that hiking requires strength and endurance. Sailors should build up their hiking muscles through practice and conditioning. Wearing appropriate hiking gear, such as hiking boots and a hiking harness, provides added support and comfort during long sailing sessions.

Capsize and Recovery

Stay calm if your Sunfish sailboat capsizes. Hold onto the boat and wear a life jacket for safety.

During the capsize and recovery process, prioritize safety for yourself and others. Assess the situation and act accordingly.

Attempt to right the boat by pushing down on the centerboard with your weight while pulling on the daggerboard handle or the hiking strap attached to the top of the mast.

If the boat does not immediately right itself, move to the side pointing towards the sky to help it turn back upright.

If you can’t right the boat on your own, wave your arms or shout for help to attract the attention of other sailors or authorities nearby.

Once the boat is upright, ensure all equipment is secure and functioning properly before proceeding.

Practice capsize and recovery drills in controlled environments to improve skills and confidence in managing such situations. Happy sailing!

Tips for Safe and Enjoyable Sailing

When sailing, it is important to prioritize safety and enjoy the experience. Here are some key tips to keep in mind:

– Prepare by checking the weather, tides, and wind speed. It is crucial to be well-informed about these factors to ensure a safe and enjoyable sailing trip.

– Wear a well-fitting life jacket for safety. In case of any unforeseen circumstances, a life jacket can be a lifesaver.

– Familiarize yourself with the sailboat’s controls and rigging. Knowing how to operate the sailboat properly is essential for a smooth and safe sailing experience.

– Stay alert and aware of your surroundings, including other boats and changing weather conditions. Being observant is necessary to avoid any potential dangers or collisions.

– Communicate effectively with your crew using clear commands and signals. Good communication is vital for coordinating actions and ensuring everyone’s safety.

– Follow navigational rules and be respectful of other boaters and wildlife. Respecting the rules and the environment is crucial for the safety and enjoyment of everyone on the water.

– Watch out for potential hazards in the water, like rocks or shallow areas. Being vigilant and avoiding such hazards can prevent accidents or damage to the sailboat.

– Adjust your speed according to the conditions and avoid unnecessary risks. Adapting to the situation and avoiding reckless behavior is important for a safe sailing experience.

– Maintain stability and balance by distributing weight properly on the boat. Proper weight distribution is essential for the stability and maneuverability of the sailboat.

– Take breaks and stay hydrated during longer trips. It is important to rest and stay hydrated to ensure your well-being and concentration while sailing.

– Lastly, enjoy the experience while always prioritizing safety. Sailing can be a thrilling and enjoyable experience, but safety should always be the top priority.

Some Facts About How To Sail A Sunfish Sailboat:

  • ✅ The Sunfish is a small, one-person single sail boat that is popular for sailing at summer camps.
  • ✅ It was developed by Alcort, Inc. and first appeared around 1952.
  • ✅ The Sunfish has a wide beam for stability, increased freeboard, and a foot-well for a comfortable sailing position.
  • ✅ It started as a wood hull design and later progressed to fiberglass construction.
  • ✅ The Sunfish is easy to learn to sail due to its simple two line rigging and crab claw sail.

Frequently Asked Questions

How do i set up a sunfish sailboat.

To set up a Sunfish sailboat, first, make sure to attach the sail to the mast using the halyard. Then, insert the mast into the mast step on the deck of the boat. Next, attach the boom to the mast and secure it with the gooseneck. Insert the center board into the trunk and attach the rudder. Your Sunfish sailboat is now ready to sail!

What is the purpose of a stopper knot on a Sunfish sailboat?

A stopper knot is used on the halyard of a Sunfish sailboat to prevent it from pulling out while on the water. This knot is tied in the tail of the halyard at the clove hitch on the gaff or top boom. The stopper knot ensures that the sail remains secure, allowing for a smoother and safer sailing experience.

Where can I learn to sail a Sunfish sailboat?

You can learn to sail a Sunfish sailboat through various methods. You can watch YouTube videos that provide step-by-step instructions on sailing techniques and rigging. Another option is to take a sailing class offered by local recreation departments, especially during the summer. US Sailing’s website is also a helpful resource to find sailing classes in your area.

What are some tips for balancing the forces on a Sunfish sailboat?

Balancing the forces on a Sunfish sailboat is crucial for maximum speed and control. To achieve this, you can adjust the sail’s center of effort by moving it in relation to the hull. Lowering the sail on the mast helps reduce heeling and allows for better control by hiking out. Adjusting the gooseneck on the boom moves the sail forward and reduces weather helm, improving control. Other controls such as the vang, outhaul, and cunningham can further tweak the sail’s center of effort and de-power the sail.

What makes a Sunfish sailboat suitable for both kids and adults?

A Sunfish sailboat is suitable for both kids and adults due to its relatively light weight and easy maneuverability. It has a wide beam, increased freeboard, and a foot-well, providing a comfortable sailing position. These features, along with the simple two-line rigging and crab claw sail, make the Sunfish easy to learn to sail. Its versatility allows children and adults of various skill levels to enjoy sailing and have fun on the water.

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Granville, Massachusetts

Model Sunfish

Length 14.0

Posted Over 1 Month

Sunfish Sailboat mid 1970's in better than average condition. Have sailed it the last 11 years. An original class legal Alcort 5 panel sail with only 1 cigarette tip size hole, sail it for years to come, Daggerboard and rudder wood is original, but has had many coats of marine varnish put on in the last 2 years. Lines are in good shape, bridle broke so replaced it with a piece of rope, Bow handle is missing a screw and is slightly bent. The deck where the cleat to tie off the sail is cracked, still usable, but needs repair or put a hull inspection port there for $10 on Ebay and move the cleat. Can pickup or view in Tolland,MA Thanks for looking

1974 Sunfish sailboat 14'

1974 Sunfish sailboat 14'

Knoxville, Tennessee

Model Sailfish

Category Daysailer Sailboats

Great little day sailer. It has a standard dagger board but is missing the brass wedge bracket. Easy to replace. It also has a white racing dagger board. Please see pictures. The sail is more of a racing style than most. This boat really moves. There are a few minor dings here and there. Nothing major. It is ready to sail. Trailer has lights and has good bearings. Will trailer just fine. Please feel free to call with questions. Ray 865.456.6456

AMF Alcort Sunfish Sailboat with extras

AMF Alcort Sunfish Sailboat with extras

Danbury, Connecticut

Make AMF Alcort

Length 13.9

Used 1982 AMF Alcort Sunfish Sailboat with ExtrasModel: AMF99536M82D This Sunfish was manufactured in December of 1982 in a line of Sunfish manufactured from 1969-1986 by AMF. This boat has only been used in freshwater and has spentmost of its life sitting in a garage between the times itwas used. This listing will include:1982 AMF Alcort Sunfish Sailboat with all parts and accessoriesDaggerboard Dolly w/ wooden stand 2 x blue flotation cushions I will rate all Sunfish Equipment to the best of my ability: Sunfish Hull: 8/10 - still retains original clear coat shinehas a few scuffs and scratches, and has a small paintchip behind the bailer as pictured. Underside has beenbeautifully kept with light scratching but, in overall good shape Lateen Mainsail: 8/10- Sail has 3 small rips as pictured, upper and lower boom are in great shape along with gooseneck mast ring all in good shape. The Mast is in great shape as well, but one sail set is missing. All rigging is included as pictured. Wooden Kick up Rudder and Daggerboard: 9/10 - Both in excellent100% working order. Daggerboard has spring lock in tact and the kick up rudder actually works and is spring loaded. Daggerboard Dolly: Just freshly packed grease into tires , makes iteasy for one person to move the Sunfish around for beach use or self launching. Also has a wooden stand for garage storage. Overall I rate this boat an 8/10 based on its age and condition,you don't really find these boats in this good of condition every day.Hoping it lands in good hands and is used for enjoyment and continuesto be as well maintained as it was in my family. This Sunfish will be pickup-only from Danbury, CT. Pretty central to NY, NJ, RI, MA. Buyer can fully inspect all items before purchase upon pickup.

Sailboat AMF Sunfish

Sailboat AMF Sunfish

Green Bay, Wisconsin

Make AMF Sunfish

Length 14 ft

AMF Sunfish excellent condition

Sunfish AMF Sailboat 1975

Sunfish AMF Sailboat 1975

Decatur, Illinois

Make Sunfish AMF

Sunfish AMF 1975. This boat is in nice condition showing some wear and tear. It is complete and ready to sail. New sail only used one season. Trailer comes with the boat and both have good titles. Call Dennis if you have any questions 217-855-3457

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AMF Sunfish sailboat

San Marcos, California

Good older Sunfish , A great learner boat for kids and beginners, Comes with hand cart to move it around," NO BOAT TRAILER" ,bring a truck or your own trailer,or stack it on your boat and go racing with friends

14' AMF Alcort Sunfish Sailboat  w/dolly DELIVERY AVAILABLE

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Punta Gorda, Florida

Up for grabs is my 14' AMF Alcort Sunfish Sailboat. I'm not sure, but I think its a 1979. It needs some TLC and ive run out of time. Has mast and booms. Has a sail that has been patched and probably should be replaced as there are some small holes in it. A brand new sail can be purchased here on Ebay for around $150. Hull has ome stress cracks on the top, but very solid underneath and does not leak. I think all the rigging is there, but I am not sure as I don't know much about these little guys. A great project or starter sailboat! Please check the pictures carefully as you are getting exactly what is in the photos. I do have a trailer that the boat fits on available separately. Comes with the dolly you see. Delivery is available for a fee. Email me or call me with any questions, 941-204-4196. $100 deposit due immediately, balance/pickup due within 7 days unless other arrangements are made Thanks

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AMF Alcort Sunfish,sailboat,daysailor,ready to sail,14ft,cart not included

Riverhead, New York

sunfish complete with excellent sail, boat, rudder, tiller, vintage hardware.beach dolly in pics not included, ready to sail. I broke off front handle today but broke in middle not were screws are, just replace handle if you want really doesn't need it.has a few blemishes as to be expected, payment within 2 days. will hold up to 2 weeks if paid in full within 2 days.when you hit the buy it now its to buy not to come and look at do that before buying or ask questions or send someone to check it out.

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1972 AMF ALCORT Sunfish Sailboat

1972 AMF ALCORT Sunfish Sailboat

Prospect, Kentucky

Purchased new in 1972, single owner - sailed for 10 years, stored for 30 years. Everything is original, complete, and in good condition. Mahogany rudder/tiller and center board are like new. Tee Nee Trailer has new high speed tires and rims, and a new trailer hitch. Would like to get it out of the yard. Its on the trailer and ready to go. Come see it - bring cash and tow it away - the trailer takes a 1 and 7/8" ball.$ 900.00

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The lightweight Sun Dolphin American 12 Jon Boat has everything you need to stay on the water all day long. Stash your gear in the extra space on the bow and stern and still have room for a cooler filled with bait or snacks. Set your rods in the built in rod-holders and sit back as you wait for the fish to bite.

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    12 ft sunfish sailboat


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  1. Sunfish (sailboat)

    The Sunfish is a personal-size, beach-launched sailing dinghy.It features a very flat, boardlike hull carrying an Oceanic lateen sail mounted to an un-stayed mast.. Sunfish was developed by Alcort, Inc. and first appeared around 1952 as the "next generation" improvement on their original boat, the Sailfish.In contrast, the Sunfish has a wider beam for more stability, increased freeboard and ...

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    AeroSouth, Sunfish Mainsheet Hanger Clip (Set of 3, Blue), SNF-MNS-HNG-CLP-B. Set of three Sunfish mainsheet hanger clips. Made of durable PETG plastic. Fitted for the 1.5" diam.. $25.00. Sunfish Direct offers a complete line of sunfish hardware, parts and supplies for the sunfish enthusiasts. One source for all of your sunfish parts and sales.

  3. SunFish sailboats for sale by owner.

    SunFish used sailboats for sale by owner. Home. Register & Post. View All Sailboats. Search. Avoid Fraud. ... Sailboat Added 12-Feb-2015 More Details: Featured Sailboats (all): 28' Pearson Triton ... 32' Bayfield 32C 32 ft Cutter Costa Del Sol El Salvador Asking $8,000. 22'6' Catalina 22

  4. Sunfish

    Sunfish is a 13′ 10″ / 4.2 m monohull sailboat designed by Alexander Bryan/Cortland Heyniger/Carl Meinart and built by AMF Corp., Alcort, Pearson Yachts, and LaserPerformance starting in 1952. ... 12 ′ 11 ″ / 4 m Beam 4 ... Sunfish Builder Chronology 1952 - 1969 Alcort, Inc. (founded 1945) 1969 - 1986 AMF ...

  5. Sunfish

    The Sunfish combines easy rigging and manageability for a comfortable and hassle-free sailing experience. This is the sailboat loved by all. Designed in 1952 as the ultimate beach craft, the Sunfish sailboat is still a favourite with all ages. This maintenance free boat holds its resale value thanks to its robust construction, highlighted by hard chines and a flat underbody.


    Sunfish Builder Chronology. 1952 - 1969 Alcort, Inc. (founded 1945) 1969 - 1986 AMF. 1986 - 1988 Loveless & DeGarmo, dba, Alcort Sailboats Inc. 1988 - 1991 Pearson Yacht Co. 1991 - 1997 Sunfish/Laser, Inc. 1997 - 2007 Vanguard. 2007 - Laser Performance. Change in class rules permitted a new, slightly deeper daggerboard in the mid-1990's.

  7. Sunfish Specifications

    At 13 feet 9 inches (4.2 m) in length and 130 lb (59 kg) in weight, the Sunfish is easily carried in a luggage rack or a light trailer. The Sunfish is used as a day sailer or a racing boat, with over 1000 racing events every year worldwide. LOA: 13 ft 9in / 4.2m. Beam: 4 ft 1in / 1.2m. Hull weight: 130 lb / 59 kg. Total Sail Area: 75 ft2 / 7 m2.

  8. Sunfish

    Hartley 12.2 Hartley 15 Megabyte ... Length - 13.9 ft; Beam - 4.1 ft; Draft - 2.11 ft; Sail Area - 75 ft2; Hull Weight - 120 lbs; ... Beach Boat. A simple beach boat with great performance, the Sunfish has been creating smiles and providing enjoyment to sailors the world over for over 65 years.

  9. PDF sunfish

    beam ft/m 4.10 1.25 draft 2.11ft/m 0.64 sail area ft²/m² 75.00 6.97 hull weight 120.00lb/kg 54.43 capacity 1-2 people skill level beginner-advanced race level club-international ... sunfish The classic boat you grew up with. Two lines, easy to rig, easy snap sail rings. sunfish race

  10. Laser Sunfish

    Laser Sunfish - The Ultimate Beach Craft. The Sunfish is a sailing icon. One of sailings best-known brands, it is unmatched in simplicity and performance making it popular for all ages and abilities. Designed as the ultimate beach craft, this maintenance free boat holds its resale value thanks to its robust construction.

  11. Learn How To Sail A Sunfish Like a Pro: Essential Tips & Techniques

    Secure the sail to the halyard and hoist it up the mast, ensuring proper attachment. Connect the boom to the gooseneck at the bottom of the mast. Attach the mainsheet to the rear of the boom and thread it through the blocks on the Sunfish. Connect the mainsheet to the traveler, a sliding bar at the back of the boat.

  12. Learn How to Sail a Sunfish Sailboat with Expert Tips & Techniques

    Hold the mainsheet and tiller to control the sailboat. Pro-tip: Before getting into position, ensure the sailboat is stable and properly balanced to prevent accidents or tipping over while sailing. Adjust your position as needed when the wind and waves change for stability and control of the Sunfish sailboat. 4.

  13. Alcort Sunfish sailboats for sale by owner.

    Alcort Sunfish used sailboats for sale by owner. Home. Register & Post. View All Sailboats. Search. Avoid Fraud. ... Sailboat Added 12-Feb-2015 More Details: Featured Sailboats (all): ... 32' Bayfield 32C 32 ft Cutter Costa Del Sol El Salvador Asking $8,000. 22'6' Catalina 22

  14. The Sunfish Is Still Going Strong After More Than 50 Years

    Updated on 04/30/19. Hailed as "the most popular sailboat ever built," the Sunfish is still going strong after more than fifty years. Its popularity is partly due to its low price and easy portability, but it also sails well and is a lot of fun for both beginners and experienced sailors alike. This is a daysailer for active sailing, as it's ...

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    The narrow (4 feet), 12-foot Bravo uses crew weight and hiking straps to add to the righting moment once the breeze is up. Whats done with webbing on larger cats has been converted to a shallow, rigid deck well on the Bravo. ... Bottom line: The Sunfish is a great beach boat that can turn a hot afternoon into a fun-filled water experience.

  16. Learn How to Sail a Sunfish Sailboat Effortlessly

    Rigging the Sunfish sailboat involves the following steps: - Attach the mast to the mast step on the boat's deck. - Connect the boom to the mast and secure it with a boom vang. - Slide the daggerboard into the daggerboard trunk and secure it. - Attach the rudder to the rudder gudgeons at the back of the boat.

  17. Sunfish Sailboat Boats for sale

    Length 12.0 . Posted Over 1 Month. This is one fast boat. The sail is that of a Sun Fish, yet this boat is two feet smaller and has a sealed cockpit. ... Fourteen (14) foot Sunfish sailboat in excellent condition. Includes mast, sail, rigging, rudder, and keel board. Price includes two adult life jackets. Call 203-218-9058 to make an offer ...

  18. Sunfish Sailboat Configuration

    Keep your new Sunfish in great shape with a custom fitted deck cover: No Cover Mast down cover + $ Mast up cover + $ Protect the underside of your Sunfish with a custom fitted hull cover: No Cover Sunfish Hull Cover + $ Easily lift and store your Sunfish overhead using a Harken Hoister system: No Hoister 200lb load, 10' lift + $ 200lb load, 12 ...

  19. Amf Sunfish Sailboat Boats for sale

    Length 13.9. Posted Over 1 Month. Used 1982 AMF Alcort Sunfish Sailboat with ExtrasModel: AMF99536M82D This Sunfish was manufactured in December of 1982 in a line of Sunfish manufactured from 1969-1986 by AMF. This boat has only been used in freshwater and has spentmost of its life sitting in a garage between the times itwas used.

  20. Sailing Sunfish Sailboats for sale

    Get the best deals on Sailing Sunfish Sailboats when you shop the largest online selection at Free shipping on many items | Browse your favorite brands | affordable prices. ... $12.00. or Best Offer. Free shipping. Sunfish Sailboat Tiller Straps . Brand New: Unbranded. $49.95. $5.95 shipping. Used Sunfish Sailboat rudder gudgeon. Pre ...

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    sunfish preowned sailboats for sale by owner. sunfish used sailboats for sale by owner. Home. Register & Post. View All Sailboats. Search. Avoid Fraud. ... Sailboat Added 12-Feb-2015 More Details: Sold-sunfish-sold Sold-sunfish-sold: Length: 13' Beam: ... 32' Bayfield 32C 32 ft Cutter Costa Del Sol El Salvador Asking $8,000. 22'6' Catalina 22

  22. Preowned sailboats for sale under 15 feet

    Preowned sailboats for sale under 15 feet preowned sailboats for sale by owner. Home. Register & Post. View All Sailboats. ... Sailboat Added 12-May-2021 More Details: Mueller Boat Co SNIPE: Length: 15.6' Year: 1976: Type: daysailer: ... 32' Bayfield 32C 32 ft Cutter Costa Del Sol El Salvador Asking $8,000. 22' Hinterhoeller Nonsuch 22 Punta ...

  23. American 12 Jon Boat

    The lightweight Sun Dolphin American 12 Jon Boat has everything you need to stay on the water all day long. Stash your gear in the extra space on the bow and stern and still have room for a cooler filled with bait or snacks. Set your rods in the built in rod-holders and sit back as you wait for the fish to bite. Height: 21″ (53cm)