Over the decades since its design the Wayfarer has undergone a number of changes, so that whilst the basic shape remains the same there are several distinct marks of Wayfarer (Mk1, Mk2 etc), and even variations within each of these.

To help to explain these variants UKWA has published a leaflet showing the principal differences, linked via the adjacent thumbnail image.

The leaflet also gives a summary of sail numbers and the years in which they were issued. (A more detailed table of these is shown below).

Wayfarer Age Synopsis:

Wayfarer sail numbers now exceed 11,000, and happily there are many early-numbered boats still sailing. It can be interesting to discover the age of a boat, although bear in mind that occasionally the sail number and hull don’t match, for example, sailing schools sometimes give their boats sequential easy-to-remember sail numbers, (1, 2, 3 etc). With that caveat, here is a detailed age synopsis from 1958 to 2011:-

YearSail Number YearSail Number YearSail Number
19581–-4519775432-610119969680-9749
195946-13919786102-652819979750-9870
1960140-31819796529-700019989871-10000
1961319-50919807001-7300199910001-10100
1962510-58919817301-7500200010101-10200
1963590-81019827501-7700200110201-10250
1964811-97519837701-7833200210251-10300
1965976-115719847834-8039200310301-10360
19661158-134219858040-8155200410361-10400
19671343-149019868156-8348200510401-10440
19681491-177719878349-8500200610441-10500
19691778-221819888501-8680200710501-10514
19702219-271419898681-8828200810515-10598
19712715-298419908829-9018200910592-10673 *
19722985-336019919019-9162201010671-10772 *
19733361-387319929163-9313n/a* this apparent error is due to the
sail numbers being allocated out of sequence
19743874-441319939314-9433201110773-10850
19754414-485219949434-95632012-1410851-11054
19764853-543119959564-96792015 -1611055 - 11178

Introduction of each Mark of Wayfarer:

Finally, here are the sail numbers of the earliest recorded examples of the various Marks:-

  • First measured GRP Mk1 was 1077
  • Latest measured GRP Mk1 was 4130
  • Earliest Mk2 GRP was 3907
  • Earliest Mk3 (N. America only) recorded was 7579
  • Earliest SD recorded was 8011
  • Earliest Mk1A recorded was 8498
  • Earliest +S recorded was 9022
  • Last recorded wooden boat was 9558
  • First Wayfarer World was 9821
  • First MkIV Wayfarer was 10506