Sunfish was developed in 1952 by Alcort, Inc. as the next generation of their original boat, the Sailfish. Sunfish began as a wood hull design but progressed to fiberglass within a few years.
The simple two line rigging makes a Sunfish one of the easiest sailboats to set up and learn on.
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.”. Today, the Sunfish brand-name has become so widely known it is often misapplied generically to refer to any brand of board-style boat sporting the characteristic lateen sail.