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12' racing sloop, Firefly with trailer - $4,000 (Brookfield)

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boat type: sailboat
propulsion type: sail
condition: excellent
length overall (LOA): 12
make / manufacturer: Rondar
model name / number: Firefly
year manufactured: 2012
This 12’ fiberglass monohull planing racer is one of the fleet decommissioned by Massachusetts Institute of Technology Sailing in 2021. The world class MIT sailing team purchases new boats every 10 years and I was able to snag one of the 24 boats the morning the sale was announced. For various reasons, #23 has been only sailed once since purchased from MIT. It has been kept wrapped and stored indoors overwinter since then. It is in excellent condition and comes with a trailer we customized for the Firefly. It comes with 2 MIT PFD’s, sailbags, a boat epoxy repair kit and other accessories. The sails were 3 years old as of 2021.

According to the MIT Sailing Master, "The Firefly fleet was extremely versatile for competitions in both fleet racing and team racing because of the boats’ close tacking angles, ease of acceleration and responsiveness in both breeze and light conditions. Unlike other collegiate dinghies, the Firefly is not nearly as weight sensitive because of its very round hull characteristics. Heavier teams are not at a disadvantage in very light conditions compared to FJs and 420s. Light sailors can sail with finesse and remain very competitive in the strongest wind conditions imaginable as its tapered masts afford easy flattening of the mainsail with gnav tension... they may be soloed with just mainsail, as well as sloop-rigged with main and jib. . . The (Fireflies) are cored with closed cell foam and vinyl ester infused resin was employed with a vacuum bag in the building process. These boats have been far more durable than any other race fleet at MIT in our 85 years of existence."

The Firefly was purchased just before the pandemic, we used a borrowed trailer to bring the boat up to Vermont from Cambridge. In the first year of the pandemic no trailers were to be had for love or money. Fortunately a neighbor donated a 14' chassis he had in storage and we rebuilt it from the ground up: new wheels, hubs, jack, winch, spare winch belt, lights, rollers (we added a second one for ease in launching), carpet covered bunks, a new paint job and a mounted spare.

For more info on the racing history of the Firefly, and this boat in particular, please email or text.

additional Key words: Laser, FJ, 420, sloop, sailboat, racing, planing, trailer

post id: 7758212069

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