Wooden Ships Comments on this Ian Oughtred Shearwater dinghy
The Shearwater is a planing hull dinghy designed by Ian Oughtred and another example of his prowess as a designer of small boats. This boat has just been completed by the builder and has new sails and sits on a new road trailer ready to be taken away and used.
The Shearwater is a fast and responsive boat with potential for some exciting sailing if desired, also capable of taking a bit of weather and chop. Ideally crewed by two but she can take 3 and could also be easily sailed by one person with her simple rig.
When rigged her weight is only 90kg so she is easily launched and retrieved making her a simple and hassle free trailer sailer. She is the 9th boat built by this talented boat builder in Cornwall, all built for pleasure rather than profit but without any compromise on quality.
Length Overall 11′ 10″
Clinker planked in epoxy glued marine plywood for a very strong, rigid and lightweight hull.
Sapele keel and floors across the centreline which add to the strength. Varnished Sapele transom.
Varnished Sapele capping rail and rubbing strake
Varnished Douglas Fir thwarts with laminated Sapele supporting knees.
Water tight buoyancy chambers fore and aft with access hatches.
Slatted sole boards fixed to the floors.
Marine plywood centreboard case with a weighted solid Sapele centreplate, lifted with a simple pulley.
Lifting rudder with a solid Sapele blade and laminated tiller.
Hull finished in International Toplac white paint. All bright work in Deks Olje 1 and 2
Gunter sloop rig on a solid varnished Douglas Fir mast, boom and yard.
Wooden jaws on the boom and yard with neat leather cladding.
Stainless steel standing rigging with soft eyes over the mast head and internal stainless chain plates.
Simple yet effective running rigging with modern rope.
Mainsail sheeted to a rope horse over the transom and back to a turning block on the top of the centreboard case so it easy to handle.
Mainsail and jib by Jeckells, new condition. Main has 3 battens and 2 reefing points. Jib is hanked to the forestay. Total sail area of 92sq ft.
As new road trailer
Mainsail and Jib
All running rigging
Rudder and Tiller
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