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Abbott Boats Inc. Wayfarer

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Boat Details
Beam 6 ft 1 inMax Draft 3 ft 10 in 
Draft Board/Drive Up 8 inDry Weight 372 lb 
Hull Material FiberglassHull Shape Monohull 
Engine OutboardFuel Gas 
Fuel Capacity 0 galLength at Waterline 14 ft 10 in LWL 
Length Overall 15 ft 10 in LOAWater Capacity 0 gal 

Detailed Specs
Designer Ian Proctor    
Keel Attributes #1      
Keel Type CenterboardDraft Board/Drive Up 8 in 


By far the most popular sailing dinghy of its type, the Wayfarer is an ideal day sailing - cruising dinghy or racer that's exciting, dependable, and simple to sail. This spirited 15-foot 10-inch (4.8m) class racer is the perfect choice for active families, first-time sailors, and cottage owners alike. The boat is easily handled by a crew of two, however with its large 9-foot (2.74m) open cockpit equipped with seats, a family of six can sail her in comfort. She is even easy to rig and sail singlehandedly. With a beam of 6 feet (1.8m) and a double chine hull, the Wayfarer is inherently very stable and very difficult to capsize. Her particular qualities as a boat in which to learn to sail has made the Wayfarer by far the most popular first time buyers' boat around. Other attractive features include the pivoted mast for ease of handling, the retractable rudder and centerboard for sailing in shallow water and for beaching, and the large fore and aft watertight buoyancy compartments that can accommodate everything needed for a week's cruise. A generous sail area, a spinnaker, and a planing hull make this an excellent racing boat. An extensive racing program - both in Canada and the U.S.A. - is available for competitive sailors. In Canada, when you buy an Abbott Wayfarer you automatically get a first year membership to the Canadian Wayfarer Association. The Wayfarer has achieved world renown as a cruising dinghy. Two can sleep comfortably on the wide flat and dry floor of the boat under a tent supported on the boom. Her ability to make long, open-water passages has been demonstrated many times. The North Sea has been crossed several times, and a Wayfarer has been sailed from Scotland to Iceland. Lake Ontario and Georgian Bay have been circumnavigated. These feats in the world of dinghy sailing more than testify to the great seaworthiness and ease of handling of the Wayfarer. Wayfarer provides both the excitement of organized competition and the fun and enjoyment of cruising.