I just recently got a Sunfish for my birthday/christmas present and I have got quite ambitous with it and my boom snapped!!!! It was because of salt build-up inside the goose-neck I have added my own personal touch to the boat (pillow so I can sit,ships,root beer,and I am in the proccess of waxing the hull as we speak.one of my main questions was how long would I survive in the open ocean????? I have been sailing for 2-3 years now and I am getting pretty crafty with the tiller extenstion,hiking,and reaching. So its up to you more experienced SF sailors to decide How long would I last????