The biggest potential issue with a Sunfish, IMHO, is whether or not the hull takes on water. If the hull stays dry then you can sail it for hours without any problems. If the hull takes on water it can become pretty unwieldy to sail and will need to be drained. You can only find this out if you sail it for a couple of hours.
The Sunfish is a perfectly good platform for learning to sail. It is cheap, it sets up in less then 5 minutes and it can actually get up on a plane in the right wind (>10 knots) on a broad reach or beam reach.
I am volunteering for a teen sailing program again that uses Sunfish. I basically learned to sail on these when I was a teen (aeons ago).
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