As anyone who has bought a used car knows, you have to approach the project armed with their own knowledge, even before setting foot on the lot. In this situation, being uninformed is tantamount to being taken to cleanup. The same goes for buying a sailboat. And, like automobiles, no sailboat is the same, so you must know the basics (and some details, too) on the condition of the Sunfish sailboat you have your eye. The first question should always be, of course, how much money you are willing to separate? If you plan on upgrading a used Sunfish, which alone can cost between $ 550 to $ 750 or more, depending on whether you want to use for the race.
Prices also vary by location and supply, there is no "set" price for a used Sunfish sailboat. So where do you find a good used boat? Some people prefer to place their own ads (either in local newspapers or the Internet) instead of responding to and published. Many people have used Sunfish Sailboats in pretty good, but just have not thought of placing an ad for it. In addition, local distributors, especially if you're buying out of season or if the computer is not a provider of Sunfish. In addition, knowing that sailboats go less in winter and autumn will be ahead of the game. Some obvious things that people often forget to look for are: age of the boat, which can be determined by the control of the rudder, gunwales, or the serial number, if you do not know the actual age, the weight of the hull, which should be between 115 and 130 pounds, and resistance or lack of it? care with a helmet that is too flexible. Also check the mast step and daggerboard trunk for hairline cracks or holes, and the condition of the guarantor and the storage compartment. And the lip of the tub may be hiding some damage.
Other places to look for potential deal breakers: Signs of moisture in ports or drains. Nicks or dents in the leaves, divisions and fissures wood blades. And tiller cracks, corrosion, or pitting. Dent or crease in the neck, near the tube. Corrosion in the beak and feather. Holes or bad seams in the sail. Never let the seller think you know as much as you do, bring plenty of cash just in case, and you will find a good deal on a used Sunfish sailboat. David Dunlap is the owner and founder of All About Sailing and ocean racing's Guide, two online resources for all boating enthusiasts. For sailing information and resources, including boat insurance and charts, visit or