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Re: Too big for a sunfish?

Wind surfing must be fantastic. I would like to try it and a kite board. looks like it is for the young and the strong.
Try a force 5 or a laser ? Right now I have a 1967 FJ as my wet boat. I liked my sunfish or the force five better because when you capsize you can roll right back up an go. The boat is not full of water This means you are sailing not bailing. I have very little time in a laser so I can only say they look fun. The Laser has a large class.
The part about securing the mast is real good to think about. Also think about un cleating the main sheet when you capsize ! Not a big deal in a Sunfish because the main sheet has no cleat. Some boats can sail off in a hurry if you right them and the main sheet is cleated or caught up. Then you get to see how fast the boat is with less weight and how far you can swim.
I had the FJ out in some wind and waves last year. I found it is not a surf boat. The waves would wash over the swamped boat and fill it back up. The center board trunk is to close to the water line when the boat has a load of water in it.
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Re: Too big for a sunfish?

Laser?
420? http://sailboatdata.com/viewrecord.asp?class_id=3125
Hobie catamaran?
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Wind surfing must be fantastic.

The part about securing the mast is real good to think about. Also think about un cleating the main sheet when you capsize ! Not a big deal in a Sunfish because the main sheet has no cleat. Some boats can sail off in a hurry if you right them and the main sheet is cleated or caught up. Then you get to see how fast the boat is with less weight and how far you can swim. Enjoy, lou
Windsurfing is great but it helps to be in pretty good shape to carry it off.

Capsized a rented Prindle 18' beach cat in St. Thomas a bunch of years ago. Watching the cat take off while still in the water once righted taught me this lesson. A long swim to reach it again.
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Re: Too big for a sunfish?

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I'm 240# and sail a Snark, so a sunfish should be fine, you could even bring a friend.
Wow, haha. Snark's are so tiny, I've had two grown men in one and it does get interesting.
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Re: Too big for a sunfish?

I'd say get a laser, you can find them cheap, I've sailed them with 3 people 110-160lb, the most we had was around 450lbs on an old hull, that was pushing it but it was still sailable especially in a nice 10-15kts steady breeze
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Re: Too big for a sunfish?

Sunfish is a great little boat.

Before you bite on a bare hull price out the rudder, tiller, daggerboard, sail, sail rings, mast, booms, gooseneck. Then price out a second used Sunfish WITH all its parts ($650). I almost guarantee the latter will be well much less.

I went from a Sunfish to a Gloucester 11. Needs a trailer but it sails much better and is all the world more comfortable. (I'm 6'3" and 200 lbs.)
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Re: Too big for a sunfish?

Is a 420 less tippy than a sunfish?
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Re: Too big for a sunfish?

Many sit in type dinghys out there that will work in your price range. Mutineer, Buccaneer come to mind. These boats will perform well and easily carry your weight. Older classes of dinghy's, GP14, Blue Jay, Comet, as well as newer class DC will get it done as well. Most of these boats will sail circles around the newer American 14's. Ok maybe not the Blue Jay. Then there are the Oday's. These are great boats. And if you can find a Boston Whaler Harpoon for $1000 grab it! They are out there. If you have the need for speed there are Hobie 14s in your price range. Fun and comfortable!!!

OK, I didn't answer your question. Truth is i know little about Sunfish other than there are thousands of them out there. Which, in self says something! I did give you plenty of alternatives. All great boats within your price range that regularly show up on CL.

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