SUNSHINE is a husky, full keel, double ended sloop based on a Maine pinky fishing boat and sardine carrier. The design has proven to be very comfortable and an able vessel in heavy going, with a steady helm and an easy motion. The Maine pinkies were noted for speed and seaworthiness and SUNSHINE is no exception.
Her sail area is on the modest side but the sail plan is really determined by the maximum sized sail that can be handled by a small crew. I feel that SUNSHINE's 542 sq. ft. main is about the limit. Still, her sail area/wetted surface ratio is a reasonable 2.0 so light air performance will be acceptable. However, in moderate-strong breezes SUNSHINE has the power to stand up to it, carry full sail, and really pick up her heels when most boats her size are well reefed down and making heavy weather of it.
Construction is of fiberglass, using any of the popular one-off processes; foam core, balsa core, C-flex, etc. She could even be built using a light, wood strip planked core.
The layout provides a permanent double berth, a settee that converts to 2 single berths, a complete galley and enclosed head. The large cockpit is well suited to daysailing and picnic parties and could convert to another cabin by means of a good boom tent. There is ample storage, of course, and SUNSHINE is well suited to coastal or offshore cruising for weeks on end.
If you love yachts with character, a vessel that will attract attention wherever she goes, and one that will carry you safely through any weather, then SUNSHINE is worthy of serious consideration.
Study plans contain sufficient drawings to price out materials or obtain a professional bid; the cost of study plans is credited if complete plans are later ordered. Complete plans include rights to build one boat, plus reasonable consultation during construction.
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