We purchased a new Sunny and have been very pleased with the boat. In fact, our small cruising sailboat was caught in a severe sudden storm while anchored one night off Bahai Honda Key, FL and broke free. Our sailboat was blown in strong currents and 45+mph winds into an old railroad bridge, breaking the mast and causing other significant damage.
My wife and I managed to escape our near capsizing craft by stepping into the Sunny that we had secured to our stern cleats. The Sunny certainly played a role in helping us get to shore (no paddles) and save ourselves during the ordeal. We also managed to pull it up on the coral and rocky banks and secure it during the blow. The Sunny came through with only a few scratches (as did we), though my sailboat has been declared a loss by the insurance company.
It is sad to have our little Flicka declared a loss, but given the situation we did pretty well to save ourselves and, eventualy, most of our gear on board.
It was just one of those rare combination of incidents…a sudden storm, a dragging anchor (which fouled the prop), a strong current and a bridge between us and open water. We were one of 11 boats the coast guard had to respond to during the storm. A 50′ catamaran suffered a similar fate at another bridge a few Keys to the east. It’s just a part of sailing.
The Sunny has drawn lots of attention among the cruising community in Marathon (200+ cruisers moor there) and other spots. I often found myself giving out information on the boat and your company to folks interested in looking into getting one as a tender or back-up tender/water toy.
Guess we will be doing more paddling for a while….