Small craft

Scorpion sailing dinghy

(REF: 18346)


  • Designer: Dorling, T.J.
  • Year: 1980
  • Location: Cumbria
  • Length on deck: 14'
  • Beam: 4'9"
  • Tonnage: 81kg weight

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wooden ships comments on this Scorpion sailing dinghy

The Scorpion sailing dinghy is a class of small, light-weight sailing dinghy originally designed to launch through the surf of the Cornish beaches, first built in 1959 to a design by T.J. Dorling.

It rates the same as a Laser and with a very fully adjustable rig is fairly athletic, can be sailed single handed but best with 2 for max performance and a fun first boat for the more competitive or for youngsters learning the ropes.

This example, Sail No 1829 was built in 1980/81 and was seen in very smart, clean condition. Excellent quality varnish, small area of surface veneer on the fore deck sanded through, all recent colour-coded lines, sails carefully bagged and stored in the dry.

Scorpion sailing dinghy


Hard chine planing hull built in marine ply, black enamelled topsides with name in bold along each side. The hulls are built to strict class measurements whilst the rig controls and cock-pit lay-out are left to individual choice.

The light weight makes the dinghy easily handled ashore or on a trailer so ideal for youngsters and of course this makes for a fast boat in the right hands.

Varnished mahogany faced marine ply deck and transom.

Built-in buoyancy each side and forward under the fore deck to give a double bottom forward, all with screw-tight inspection holes.

Expansive fore deck back to the mast keeps the boat dry. Spinnaker well at the stem

Varnished interior back-bone and bridge deck.

Sole painted in non-slip grey deck paint with foot straps each side.

Midships bridge deck with numerous control lines.

Big clear plastic drain flaps in the transom

Drop on, lifting rudder.

Plywood centre-board.


The rig sets 9.95sqm sail.

Mainsail:                                               72sq’      (6.7sqm)                Seen in good clean condition, bagged

Jib:                                                          35sq’       (3.25sqm)             New 2006

Spinnaker                                              119.9sq’ (11.14sqm)           Small tear, repaired. Appears little used.


Alluminium mast by Superspars of Fareham with adjustable swept-back spreaders

Spreader tension and mast angle all adjustable under way.

Alluminium boom and spinnaker pole.

All rig lines, sheets and centre-board control lines with snatch jammers accessible on the midships bridge deck even when single-handing.


Good quality piggy-back road trailer with stainless steel launching trolley.


Records show she won the Nationals in 1981 and continued very competitive racing again in 1984-86 and in 1990, 1994 and in 1996. Present ownership since 2008, she has been dry sailed on the fresh water Cumbrian lakes


Built as a top quality boat she is still a very nice clean example and ready for immediate use.


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