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Thread: Sunfish (or equiv.) Rentals?

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    We only tiipped over once years ago.... and that was about our 3rd time out. All of a sudden a rare, very sudden squall with big wind and driving rain (lasted 15 min) got me going too fast and I lost control and over we went .... We got it back up in about 2 minutes.... same principle as a sun/sailfish. What's nice to note is that the good folks at Aruba Watersports sent a boat out to help as soon as we spilled. We had it back up well before they got to us. I'm in average shape and not a young person - and didn't lose my glasses .... so, if you've done a sail/sunfish, you should be fine! Actually, do it early in your vacation.... you'll do it again and again!

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    dh and i are very poor sailors.
    we can barely handle a sunfish.
    we have tried the hobie cat and found it to be easier for all of the reasons cp noted.

    enjoy
    andrea
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    soooo tempting! are they hard to right (when I spill it)?

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    OK... so I am becoming VERY tempted... Especially since I took a kayak out this weekend for the first time and my legs got pretty cramped... :-)

    Might sail after all!

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    Sail away... sail away.... sail away. It's much more relaxing than a kayak, Aaaaannnnd don't we all go to Aruba to relax..? I do!

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    Sunfish at the Divi - Tam

    I love to sail and booked a trip 2 years back at the Divi -Tam because the sunfish and other water toys are part of the all inclusive plan.
    But be warned, a sunfish is more of a flat water boat and with the trade winds (15 - 25 kt) and 1-3 ft waves it's a challenge you won't forget. I race during the summer so I brought my gloves and reef walkers. The gloves for when you ease the sheet or more exact let it run, this way it rubs/burns through the leather and not your hand and reef walkers when you are hiked out horizontal trying to keep the boat down. the wind and waves will pick up as you head out south east toward the channel were you will tack to come back in toward the beach.

    Arubalisa mentioned the lasers at the sport shop on the beach down by the radisson and I hesitate to question Lisa on anything in Aruba, but when I was walking past the shack I briefly asked the guy out front about laser rentals and he said yes but I never followed up so I don't know if it is only for a sailing class..

    Below are pic's from the Divi

    Cheers,
    Mike
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    Well, I ended up renting the 14' Hobie (they--Aruba water Sports--did not in fact rent Lasers/sunfish)..

    THANK YOU TO ALL WHO HELPED ME TALK MYSELF INTO IT!

    The hobie was not hard to sail and also DW was able to come out with me and not have to do anything (other than scramble to the other side when we came about)--a key goal for her *grin*

    So peaceful! I was intimidated when I learned Hobies can flip forward (dont think sunfish can do that), but I managed to not capsize *phew!*

    Very rewarding experience. Thanks again, everyone!

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    Outstanding! Glad you enjoyed. My wife is also provides 'the grin' when we're not going too fast! Do it again!

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