fellow blogger Earwigoagin posted this gem on his blog a few days ago. he was attending the 2012 Mid-Atlantic Small Craft Festival and stumbled upon a modified Sunfish sailboat (or maybe a Sunfish clone? – it’s hard to tell).
the boat has had major modifications: the normal lateen sail on a Sunfish with the upper and lower boom and a triangular sail has been replaced by a single furling sail. the cockpit has been chopped up and totally rebuilt – I’m pretty sure the daggerboard slot has to have been removed, and the cockpit enlarged, so that the driver can sit down inside the new larger cockpit more comfortably. as Earwigoagin mentioned, this appears to be “a sit-in, non-hiking day sailor with a small cabin.” there is also, a little solar panel up on top, which powers a small trolling motor.
overall, a pretty neat little bit of creative work to make a unique little boat for messing about on the water. I’m not sure that a Sunfish would have been my 1st choice to start with for a project like this, but he seems to have done a great job and I’m sure has a lot of fun with it.
be sure to check out Earwigoagin‘s blog for more small boat & dinghy sailing topics.