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Boat Reviews By Owners

1972 -- 14' 0" ALCORT

Model: Sunfish

Cockpit: Really it's just a place for your legs.


Construction: Solid fiberglass with foam floatation, which can get saturated if exposed to the elements. Bare hull should weigh about 70 pounds. If it's a lot heavier, then it's saturated and needs to be dried out. Rigging is about as simple as it gets- one sail with only 2 lines (mast halyard and mainsheet). Daggerboard and rudder are easy to deploy.

Handling: This is a day boat with absolutely no provision for cruising. A super fun boat on a windy day, but also a great platform to teach youngsters the basics of sailing. These boats don't sail well upwind, but then again they're not cruising boats. Well suited to lakes and bays, but they can also be fun launched from a beach thru the surf. Very responsive to the helm, the Sunfish almost becomes an extension of an experienced skipper's body.

Engine Room:

General Comments: These boats were (and still are) one of the best small boat designs ever created. They are inexpensive, safe, fun, and easy to maintain, store, and rig. It's the perfect small sailboat.

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Date Submitted: 2005-12-04

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