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About to buy a 2010 Sunfish… it's been forever

bishoppe

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Hi. im new to sailing forums… just had to put down 1969 sunfish. im looking at a 2010 sunfish thats in pretty good shape.. im posting to ask for help as to what i should look for when buying a used 2010? and if youd care to comment.. how much is fair to pay? thanks all in advance.. im really excited to be part of this forum
 

signal charlie

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We assess 4 things
1) Hull condition (gelcoat, good repairs) esp weight. A 2010 should weigh around 129. If we are spending a lot of money we bring a scale, but 2 people should be able to easily lift the hull.
2) Sail - is it a manufacturer sail or knock off. Pay accordingly for condition. Look for dry rot at tack of sail and sun damage
3) Spars and Line - Shiny new or salt water crusty? Small bend maybe okay but no creases in the metal
4) Blades - Crusty or crisp?

Boats are hard to find, esp good condition. Price can vary greatly if there are non Sunfish parts on there. If she is ready to sail, I'd try to bargain but be willing to pay a little extra in the pandemic market, buy the boat and go sailing. You will always get your return on investment with a Sunfish.

Someone find Lee Montes video for me, on how you get that return. I have to take SKipper to the grocery store. Sail it for a year and then sell it for same price or more. Or realize how much rental fee you're saving

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L&VW

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Hi. im new to sailing forums… just had to put down 1969 sunfish. im looking at a 2010 sunfish thats in pretty good shape.. im posting to ask for help as to what i should look for when buying a used 2010? and if youd care to comment.. how much is fair to pay? thanks all in advance.. im really excited to be part of this forum
Do you still have your 1969 Sunfish? I need--and will buy--a 2'x3' section of deck for my 1976 Sunfish.
 

shorefun

Well-Known Member
Inspect the seam, flip it over. If there is a hit the epoxy could break out of it. Easy fix, but look.

Are all the screws the correct sized stainless screws. A failed screw is often fixed with a larger screw in the same hole. This may not be bad, I fixed the two lower screws on the rudder gudgin by drilling and tapping out to 1/4" on a 1996 hull.

Check the screws are tight, all of them! Had 2 later models where someone took the parts off the deck. The backing plates fell off. They put in the screws and they were just held in by the fiberglass. You should not be able to turn the screws tighter. If they just keep no turning there is a problem.

Check the basic of the hull by pressing on the top and bottom. It should not move much.

Pour water into the mast hole and see if it stays level.

Pick it up an see how it weighs. It will be lighter then your old hull, but you know what I mean.

Anyway, my thoughts based on what I have seen in the last couple of years.
 

sadkins372

New Member
We assess 4 things
1) Hull condition (gelcoat, good repairs) esp weight. A 2010 should weigh around 129. If we are spending a lot of money we bring a scale, but 2 people should be able to easily lift the hull.
2) Sail - is it a manufacturer sail or knock off. Pay accordingly for condition. Look for dry rot at tack of sail and sun damage
3) Spars and Line - Shiny new or salt water crusty? Small bend maybe okay but no creases in the metal
4) Blades - Crusty or crisp?

Boats are hard to find, esp good condition. Price can vary greatly if there are non Sunfish parts on there. If she is ready to sail, I'd try to bargain but be willing to pay a little extra in the pandemic market, buy the boat and go sailing. You will always get your return on investment with a Sunfish.

Someone find Lee Montes video for me, on how you get that return. I have to take SKipper to the grocery store. Sail it for a year and then sell it for same price or more. Or realize how much rental fee you're saving

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Lee's recent video "How to Upgrade the Value of Your Sunfish Sailboat!"

I also liked Lee's two videos about how to buy a Sunfish when I was looking:

"How to Buy a Used Sunfish Sailboat | PART 1 | Sunfish Sailor"

"Sunfish Sailing | How to Buy a Sunfish Sailboat | What to Look for When Buying a Sunfish PART 2"
 

joe c

banned
We assess 4 things
1) Hull condition (gelcoat, good repairs) esp weight. A 2010 should weigh around 129. If we are spending a lot of money we bring a scale, but 2 people should be able to easily lift the hull.
2) Sail - is it a manufacturer sail or knock off. Pay accordingly for condition. Look for dry rot at tack of sail and sun damage
3) Spars and Line - Shiny new or salt water crusty? Small bend maybe okay but no creases in the metal
4) Blades - Crusty or crisp?

Boats are hard to find, esp good condition. Price can vary greatly if there are non Sunfish parts on there. If she is ready to sail, I'd try to bargain but be willing to pay a little extra in the pandemic market, buy the boat and go sailing. You will always get your return on investment with a Sunfish.

Someone find Lee Montes video for me, on how you get that return. I have to take SKipper to the grocery store. Sail it for a year and then sell it for same price or more. Or realize how much rental fee you're saving

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that cart is a great idea.
 
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