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Hello and older sail boat question

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I am new here. I have always wanted to sail and found a small, older sunfish type of boat I plan to learn on small lakes in my area.

My goal is to move up to a larger boat in 2-3 years.

I've attached a photo of my boat, is anyone familiar with this type? I'd like to learn more about it.

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Re: Hello and older sail boat question

Hi Crystal,

Welcome! Your boat id request was bugging me because I knew this sail logo from days gone past - a childhood friend had one of these and I always thought of it as a Snark Sailboat. When I googled "Snark", I didn't come up with that "M" insignia.

Then I zoomed in on your picture and saw the flower on the logo and remembered the name "Mayflower" and that's what it is - a Snark Mayflower! Turns out that this particular model was discontinued in '79, but the company that makes Snarks is very much still in business.

Meyers Boat Company - Official home of Meyers boats, Michicraft and Sportspal canoes, Snark sailboats, Seacycle waterbikes, and Walden kayaks

I even found an old manual online:
http://www.castlecraft.com/PDF/Snark...wer-Manual.pdf

The light construction of these boats is their best feature and also the worst. Easy to transport, but don't drop anything heavy on the hull! It's not made of fiberglass, but rather, styrofoam encased in ABS plastic. If it's in good shape, it would be a great boat to "messabout" in on a lake.

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Re: Hello and older sail boat question

It's great fun learning on a small boat! Small boat sailors make good big boat sailors. My mother gave me an Alcort Sailfish when I was a kid. It was a blast! I used to see how many times I could get back on deck after turning over without getting wet. I'd jump over the rail onto the dagger board. As the boat would right herself I'd scramble back over the rail onto the deck and sail on.

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