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domromer 04-17-2013 03:38 PM

Too big for a sunfish?
Well I finished my sailing class and now I'm ready to sail. My plan was to start a sunfish and move my way up eventually. I saw reading about sunfish and I'm wondering if I'm too big for a sunfish at 270lbs and 6ft. If you think I am to big what else would you recommend? I'm trying to keep it cheap like less than 1000$ and something. That can be found on Craigslist.

CalebD 04-17-2013 03:52 PM

Re: Too big for a sunfish?
I don't think 270#s is too much for a Sunfish.
I help teach a sailing program for teens in the summer and we routinely put an adult and 2 or 3 teens on each Sunfish.
I have also sailed a Sunfish with 2 medium build adults on board with a combined weight over 300 #s and it works fine, especially if there is some wind. When the wind blows you need that extra ballast.

Bene505 04-17-2013 05:01 PM

Re: Too big for a sunfish?
I second Caleb.


FlyingJunior 04-17-2013 05:47 PM

Too big for a sunfish?
You might like a Butterfly also, it seems a bit roomier

rhr1956 04-17-2013 07:00 PM

Re: Too big for a sunfish?
It depends on your agility. My brother is a beginner, 6 ft and about 250. He does pretty good but in puffs, he has been knocked down a couple times. Last week it happened twice. Once when he needed to let the sheet lose and his foot was on it. Another time during a sloppy tack with an unexpected gust and him moving to slowly to get over on the new windward rail.

sailortjk1 04-17-2013 09:46 PM

Re: Too big for a sunfish?
I am 210 and routinely sail ours.
Recently had it out with myself and my two really tiny twenty something daughters.
Also, have been out with myself and just as big Brother in Law.
Have fun!

domromer 04-17-2013 09:59 PM

Re: Too big for a sunfish?
Sounds like the sunfish will work. Is there any other inexpensive dinghys I should be looking at?

Lou452 04-17-2013 11:02 PM

Re: Too big for a sunfish?
Might be more than you want to spend ? Try looking at an FJ a Flying Junior. You could sail with just the main. Then add crew and more sail. Still miss my Sunfish. Regards, Lou

jimgo 04-17-2013 11:53 PM

Re: Too big for a sunfish?
Have you considered an Albacore or an American 14? They aren't the super planing hulls of the sunfish, but I suspect you'll get more comfort from them. How big do you want to go? My first boat was a Catalina 25 that I paid $1000 for. My 2nd boat was an Albacore (15') that I paid $100 for with a trailer.

CalebD 04-18-2013 01:47 AM

Re: Too big for a sunfish?
I like the FJ idea but really a Sunfish gives you a planing hull, with appropriate wind and such little rigging to worry about.
The trick is to find a used one that does not take on water, easily.

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