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(REF: 22815)


  • Designer: George O'Brien Kennedy
  • Builder: R&A Hamper, Fareham
  • Year: 1947
  • Location: Yorkshire
  • Length on deck: 14'
  • Beam: 5'
  • Draft: 4'6"
  • Tonnage: 368kg displacement

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The IDRA 14, or Irish Dinghy Racing Association 14’ One Design Dinghy was originally designed and built in 1939 by naval architect George O’Brien Kennedy who was living and working in Poole.  The first boat he built was called Fuss and proved to be a very successful racing dinghy amongst the local fleet in Poole.  After the war, a group who were looking for a new design to take on as a one design dinghy in Ireland turned to this design and adopted it as the IDRA 14.

Kennedy was also the designer of the more well known Yachting Word Dayboat dinghy.

Full history of the design can be found in the following link:

Today there are active fleets in various sailing clubs in Ireland, with wooden and now GRP boats racing against one another in what is evidently a competitive but sociable scene.

Here in the UK the design was used with some minor modifications and known as a Dragonfly dinghy, and was raced in several locations including Christchurch.

This dinghy was built in 1947 by R&A Hamper of Farnham appears to be in decent condition, dry stored and well maintained.  She is complete with her rig and sails although the mast and rig are in need of some attention.

Length Overall                  14’

Beam                                    5’

Draft with plate                                4’6”

Displacement                    810lb (368kg)

Sail area                               120sqft




Clinker planked in what is thought to be spruce, copper rivet fastened to steam bent oak timbers.

Mahogany sheer strake with an oak rubbing strake.

Oak stem, keel and sterm post with oak garboard strakes.  Mahogany transom.

Small foredeck in straight laid mahogany with an oak coaming around the aft end of the deck.  Oak Samson post.

Three varnished mahogany thwarts and hanging knees.

Wooden centreboard case with a galvanised centreplate




Fractional Bermudan sloop rig on a keel stepped spruce mast.

Stainless steel standing rigging to internal chain plates.  Rigging new in 2020.

Set of older sails in sound condition but need servicing.

The mast is in a poor state and needs repair or replacement before use.




Snipe road trailer




Standing rigging


Buoyancy bag

Pair of oars






These particulars have been prepared in good faith from information provided by the Vendors and are intended as a guide, Wooden Ships cannot guarantee or warrant the accuracy of this information nor warrant the condition of the vessel. The Purchaser should instruct his agent or surveyor to validate all details as necessary and satisfy himself with the condition of the vessel and its equipment.



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