Poole Yacht Club Wayfarer

The wayfarer is a versatile dinghy used both for cruising and racing. The boat was designed by Ian Proctor in 1957 and over 11,000 have been produced as of 2016. Over the course of its lifetime it has acquired an unrivalled reputation as a tough and seaworthy dinghy that makes a great cruiser whilst also being extremely responsive and rewarding to race.

With the Wayfarer being over 15ft long, deep and broad means it can comfortably accommodate three adults. The sail plan consists of a Bermuda rig with a main. Jib and symmetrical spinnaker. The original wayfarer spec was for a plywood hull with the dinghy also being sold in kit-form for amateur construction. GRP was introduced with the Mk1 in 1965, followed in 1974 by the MkII. Since then, the Mk1A, MkII SD, MkIII and Wayfarer Plus S have all followed, each with slight changes to the interior layout, such as built-in buoyancy tanks, increased locker space and self-bailers.

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Wayfarer Specification

Designer: ​Ian Proctor

Portsmouth Number: 1102(PY)

Measurement Feet Meter
Length 15’10​​​​​ 4.82
Beam ​​​​6’1​​​​​​​​​​ 1.85
Draft 3’10​​ 1.17
Sail Area Sq. Feet Sq. Meters
Main Sail 95​​​​​ 8.80
Jib 30​​​​​ 2.80

Weight(min):​​​​ ​​​​​​372lb 168KG

Construction:​​​Wood, GRP or composite.