Sunfish was developed by Alcort, Inc. and first appeared around 1952 as the “next generation” improvement on their original boat, the Sailfish. Sunfish began as a wood hull design and progressed to fiberglass construction just a few years after its introduction.
Having a lateen sail with its simple two line rigging makes a Sunfish simple to set up and learn on. Upgrades can be added to enhance sail control for competitive sailing, making the boat attractive to sailors of all levels.
Due to the broad appeal of the Sunfish, was commended by The American Sailboat Hall of Fame for being “the most popular fiberglass boat ever designed” in 1995. Today, the Sunfish brand-name has become so widely known it is often misapplied generically to refer to any brand board-style boat sporting the characteristic lateen sail.