Fairlight Sailing Canoe
The Fairlight Sailing Canoe is my personal favourite of all the boats I have designed and built.
The FAIRLIGHT Sailing Canoe
PADDLE, ROW, MOTOR & SAIL
LOA 4.06m (13’ – 4”)
Beam 1.05m (3’ - 6”)
Dry Weight 45kg (89lbs) approx.
Height fwd .575m (1’ - 10.7”)
Height aft .480m (1’ – 7”)
Height amidships .415m (1’ – 4.3”)
Crew 3 or 4 adults
This is my favourite design overall. She was designed for a family holiday where two wanted to be able to paddle, one wanted to row, my wife wanted to use our electric motor and my daughter and I wanted to sail. I had to find a way of making it do all four! Plus it had to transported on our roof rack so dry weight had to be kept to a under 50kg. The Fairlight Sailing Canoe was the result.
Performance wise, while one adult can paddle this boat, it is far easier and moves better with two - one forward, one aft. Rowing her was easy and she moved along nicely without too much effort. We only had an old 12v electric outboard with 36lbs thrust to test her with but this proved to be ample. It was a pleasant glide down the canal and she was responsive when it came to turning and manoeuvering. The first time we came to set up the rig, I had used lee boards but I don't like them so for this prototype we had fitted a dagger board and of we went. She performed well even with the small sail and the dagger board case didn't get in the way. The tiller configuration took some getting used to but it worked well. All in all, a great all round boat.
The Fairlight Sailing Canoe is available as A3 Workshop Plans Packages and three custom build packages.
The prototype was built and tested. First it was rowed – no problems. Then it was paddled, although we found it was best with two paddlers. Motoring was no problem and when rigged for sailing it performed better than the drawing board suggested it would.
Everyone was happy with it and we had an enjoyable break.
The boat has since been used for fishing our local waters and sailing weekends when time allows.
The builder of the first boat from the plans has just reported a weekend boat camping trip straight from the launch. He clamped a oar to the transom and had fitted a cleat on the mast from which he supported a cheap tarpaulin for the tent. He had cut two lengths of 12mm ply with holes in them to save weight which were laid over the seats with a few camping mats as a mattress for his sleeping bag. Not the most comfortable night and the bed base got in the way a little while cruising but he is going to work on it with a few of our own ideas for next year.
It's a pity he had no pictures as he was on a tech free weekend but we will get some, hopefully.
The new prototype is on trials and pictures of it during those trials will follow.
Our prototype has been built to the new plans and design changes.
A3 WORKSHOP PLANS
Build your own FAIRLIGHT Canoe. You can choose to build the paddling & rowing or motor version, the choice is yours. The paddling & rowing version has no hole for the rudder/engine and no dagger board case. The motor version has the addition of the hole for the engine and a suggested battery position.
The plans package is comprehensive with 8 A3 workshop drawings and step by step instructions.
D1. General Lines Drawing
D2. Plank Dimensions & Details
D3. Plank End Templates
D4. Mould, Transom & Centre Support
D5. Build Frame
D6. Dagger board & Case, Rudder Blade
D7. Stitch & Tape Option Planks Dimensions etc
D8. Fitting Out Detail (Seats etc.)
D9. Sail Rig Detail
A full 40 A4 page step by step build manual in both methods
and an 8 page guide to the materials used to build it.
This Plans Package was only
Now reduced to £50.00 till end of October 2017
including postage and our free after sales help and advice while you build.
CUSTOM BUILT ROWING/MOTOR VERSION or FULL SAILING VERSION
I decided to offer this version earlier than the official launch after quite a bit of local interest. In fact, we will be bringing the launch forward as soon as possible.
The custom built boats are available in three standard package options. As these boats are built to order, you can upgrade or downgrade as you wish and this can be discussed and arranged before or after purchase
Two of the current package options are built the same to allow you to paddle, row or motor but only the motor version comes with an engine mounting hole. These boats do not have a dagger board case or mast support fitted. They do have bulkheads fitted fore and aft which form the buoyancy tanks that are fitted with round hatches. These hatches have a bag behind them to keep anything you put in them secure.
The third package is the full paddle, row, motor and sail option.
It is fully built, painted and varnished to your preferences and the price includes paddles, oars, an electric outboard, battery and charger plus the full single sail rig all ready to go.
Lead times are between 15 and 30 working days depending which option you want and any changes you want to make. You will receive pictures of the progress of your build if you want them and regular updates if not.
Call us or email to discuss your Fairlight Canoe now.
Standard Package Option 1 - Rowing - The hull is fully built with seats and trim fitted then painted and varnished to your choice. As this boat can be paddled too if you prefer, it comes with 2 x 1.2m paddles (or your choice of size), a pair of oars, rowlocks fitted, 5m mooring rope (painter) fitted to eye hole in the bow, samson post, fairleads and a small grapnel anchor with 15m rope.
Introductory Price - £1475.00
Standard Package Option 2 - Row/Motor - As above, hull is fully built with seats and trim fitted then painted and varnished to your choice. It comes with 2 x 1.2m paddles (or your choice of size), a pair of oars, rowlocks fitted, a 30lb thrust electric outboard, battery, battery box, battery charger, 5m mooring rope (painter) fitted to eye hole in the bow, samson post, fairleads and a small grapnel anchor with 15m rope.
Introductory Price - £1875.00
Standard Package Option 3 - The Full Package - Paddle, Row, Motor & Sail - As above, hull is fully built with seats with the addition of the mast support, the dagger board case, dagger board and the rudder assembly plus the sail rig - spars, sail and rigging. The trim is fitted then painted and varnished to your choice. It also comes with 2 x 1.2m paddles (or your choice of size), a pair of oars, rowlocks fitted, a 30lb thrust electric outboard, battery, battery box (in boat), battery charger, 5m mooring rope (painter) fitted to eye hole in the bow, samson post, fairleads and a small grapnel anchor with 15m rope.
Introductory Price - £2875.00