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Old March 16th, 2015, 09:19 PM
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Sunfish vs Laser?

Not Defender related but if you understand the title you know what I mean. I assume there are a few on here who do. Looking to expand my skills. Hope to get some insightful info. Thanks!
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Old March 16th, 2015, 09:24 PM
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Maintain your skills a Sunfish
Advance your skills a Laser for sure.
Both are freaking fun on a windy day.
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Old March 16th, 2015, 09:31 PM
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Maintain your skills a Sunfish
Advance your skills a Laser for sure.
Both are freaking fun on a windy day.
Thats a great summary. Its also the reason you see sunfishes at resorts. They are very easy to sail.
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Old March 16th, 2015, 09:41 PM
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Torture yourself like me, Hobie 18.
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Old March 16th, 2015, 09:43 PM
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Old March 16th, 2015, 09:45 PM
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I absolutely LOVED having a sunfish growing up. A sunfish is an awesome boat for kids, but even during college i'd take it out when there was a wind advisory (35+ gusts) and just try not to flip it.

You can't really go wrong either way, as both are a blast.

Had a laser for a while, and it was a tougher boat to set up for my nephews.
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Torture yourself like me, Hobie 18.
Hobiecats torture? Naw, nothing like having one cat lift out of the water and scrambling to keep her from turtling. Beats a Sunfish or Laser anyday...
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Old March 16th, 2015, 09:49 PM
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Hobiecats torture? Naw, nothing like having one cat lift out of the water and scrambling to keep her from turtling. Beats a Sunfish or Laser anyday...
Agree! Learned to said on Sunfish and Mercs but quickly stepped up to the Hobie 18 and 21 for open ocean regattas. Damn those are fun on big wind days, flying the trap!! Holy crap great memories.
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iI always have fun on sunfish, lasers are a lot of fun too . I want a Flying Scot one day
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Laser. Sunfish are fun, but I would think you'd out grow it after a year or two. A laser should last you for years until you decide to buy the big hole in the water you throw money into.
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For a one-person dingy, look no further than a Topper. Planning hull and faster than a Laser in heavy air. Purchased at the 77' Washington Boat show and still have the damn thing. LOL.
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Get a laser get good at sailing then add a foil to it. It's a blast.
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Maintain your skills a Sunfish
Advance your skills a Laser for sure.
Both are freaking fun on a windy day.
x2! I've instructed kids and adults on both. The dinghy market is pretty crowded, and it all depends on your skill level and budget, but i would recommend the Laser.

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Hobiecats torture? Naw, nothing like having one cat lift out of the water and scrambling to keep her from turtling. Beats a Sunfish or Laser anyday...
^^^^^
No purer words have been written. Hobies are a blast.
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Lasers are great because you can tailor the sailplan to the weight/skill level of the sailor. Full rig, radial and a smaller frac rig. Mast is 2 pieces and the smaller sails use a different upper half. All use the same boom. Great boat to tool around or race with some tuning.

If you get bored on a laser, foiling moth will keep you on your toes. Crash on one of those and you will appreciate the relative stability of a laser.
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If you're looking to expand upon your skills, then the Laser is the way to go. It's a bit more technical than the Sunfish and tender.

Do you plan on racing? That's the best way to improve your skill set. Do you belong to a YC or community sailing center? The best dinghy to sail is the one in your area that is most prevalent.
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There are also imo more adult leagues for lasers. More expensive from the get go but certainly a more competitive class.

You could always get a thistle and make a few friends
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Interesting...I love the classic look of the Sunfish with the lateen sail and from my research much cheaper than the Laser. I have a Hobie Wave and it is a blast to sail. Unfortunately you can't really trap on a Wave. They do have a trap kit but it's really more for kids training, the mast is too far forward and you would just stuff it.
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...I have a Hobie Wave and it is a blast to sail. Unfortunately you can't really trap on a Wave...
Have to agree with you. I think it's just too small. The Hobie 16 or the Getaway are the smallest Hobiecats where trapeze action is any fun. Here's a vid of a Getaway with some trapeze time.



The Hobie Fox is just amazing. But to your original post, Sunfish and Lasers are great to learn sailing. But the best learning environment, as a previous post pointed out, is in a regatta. So it does come down to which ever is more abundant at your club/sailing center.
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