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Re: Too big for a sunfish?

The sunfish would be fine... but if I might recommend... start with a laser (a beat up one is fine). The sail controls are a little more "real." The boat is faster.

If you want to sit IN not ON... move up to a Precision 15, Capri 14.2, or Lido (tons others I can't think of right now)..

But NO there is nothing wrong with a sunfish, and they are pretty substantial board boats. A superfish or a force 5 works as well (or phantom).
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Re: Too big for a sunfish?

I have had a Sunfish in my garage for the last decade. It goes on the roof of our minivan a couple times a year. I've had over 500 lbs in it and it did just fine. The darn thing has sailed in the Hudson river, Newport RI, Lake George. Had it out in 15 knots one time coming back in. That was interesting. They are amazing and fun to sail. I will never sell mine.

I'm a big fat middle aged guy. The boom is low and the foot well is small but I manage. After an hour on the Sunfish I want to come in. Not very comfy and you can't bring anything. But man- is it fun!

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Re: Too big for a sunfish?

Yes, any winds 15 knots or more will make your Sunfish get up and plane on the surface of the water, even with 2 moderately sized adults on board. You will notice this when reaching or heading downwind and if you are not hiking out to balance the boat you may very well end up in the water! Great fun and great exercise for the gut.
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Re: Too big for a sunfish?

If you can find a Phantom, that would be a good alternative. The cockpit cutout is larger and molded into the top, so it does not have the sharp metal edges like a Sunfish. You can plop your butt into the cockpit with your body transverse (legs hanging over the side) and be much more comfortable than in a Sunfish.


I got mine for $700 in sail-away condition with all rigging and trailer. So it's well within your budget if you can find one.
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Re: Too big for a sunfish?

I'm 240# and sail a Snark, so a sunfish should be fine, you could even bring a friend.
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Re: Too big for a sunfish?

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I got mine for $700 in sail-away condition with all rigging and trailer. So it's well within your budget if you can find one.
I got a Phantom with trailer for $400, but wasn't as purdy as yours.
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Re: Too big for a sunfish?

Phantom looks pretty much the same as my sunfish.
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Re: Too big for a sunfish?

All my boats look newer after I have them a few years.

Phantom is similar to Sunfish, but the cockpit is significantly larger. The angle of the pic is deceptive. My wife and can I fit our butts side-by-side (athwartships) in the cockpit. Impossible on a Sunfish. And the contoured molding of the gunwales is very easier on the bottoms of you thighs than the rough edges of the Sunfish.
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Too big for a sunfish?

Which takes us back also to the Butterfly, which has shrouds and a deep cabin, and a vang. Phantom looks nice too.
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Re: Too big for a sunfish?

The overhanging lip around the cockpit of the Sunfish allows you to nestle your feet there so you can hike out all the way, knowing you will not fall overboard.
Is there a hiking strap on the Phantom instead?
I do like the moulded edge of the Phantom cockpit but the lip around the Sunfish cockpit provides a function.
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