Sunfish vs Imitation

beldar boathead

Well-Known Member
#21
If you are learning to sail, it would be a lot easier on a Sunfish than a Daysailor. And the Daysailor is not designed to singlehand. I also don't think you need a beater to learn on, with a plan of getting a better Sunfish later. Sunfish are pretty durable, so you won't end up destroying a nice boat while you learn.
 
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If you are learning to sail, it would be a lot easier on a Sunfish than a Daysailor. And the Daysailor is not designed to singlehand. I also don't think you need a beater to learn on, with a plan of getting a better Sunfish later. Sunfish are pretty durable, so you won't end up destroying a nice boat while you learn.
Thanks BB for your opinion on getting a beater and a daysailor vs a sunfish.
 
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The Day Sailor I recall was pretty big. . . 16 - 17 ft., 600+ lbs and took crew of 2 or 3. It was pretty handy for its size, capable of planing, and very dry to sail (for a dinghy). I would guess you could single hand it, but it would be a handful to launch and retrieve.
I think 600 lbs is a little much for a newbie.
 

baseman

On the Water
#26
I just want to add a couple of comments on the Phantom vs Sunfish topic.
The spars are the same, the only difference is the Phantom mast is black.
The Phantom rudder hardware is different, but the gudgeon that J-Point marine uses on the Pointer 14 is the same.
The blades are different and the rudder that J-Point Marine uses will work, but you have to get the whole assembly. I have a daggerboard and a set of rudder hardware if you need it.
The sail is sleeved, not held on with rings. There is a boat dealer in Wakefield MA that has a new Phantom sail available for $200. I use a Sunfish sail on my Phantom.
The bailer is different, but as sailcraftri said, he has them.
I'd save the $800 and buy the Phantom. It's a good boat.
 
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