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The Wayfarer

Did you know the ideal sailing dinghy for beginners could also cruise the rugged West Coast of Scotland, race in a near gale or while away a long summers afternoon pottering with the family?

With a Wayfarer you can do it all

  • Learn to sail
  • Day-sail with the children
  • Cruise to adventure (some Wayfarer sailors tackle journeys big boat cruisers would be wary of!)
  • Race with spinnakers, at your local club or at open, national and international events with one of the most competitive fleets around

This 16 footer is one boat you wont grow out of.

To get the most from your boat join the United Kingdom Wayfarer Association and enjoy a full programme of dinghy racing and cruising events plus all the other benefits of membership.

Boat Design

Ian Proctor

The Wayfarer dinghy was designed by Ian Proctor in 1957 and in the subsequent 60+ years has acquired an unrivalled reputation as a tough and seaworthy cruising dinghy, yet at the same time being responsive and rewarding to race. The UK Wayfarer Association was founded a year later, in 1958.

There is probably no other centreboard boat in the world which combines these qualities as happily; it is this great versatility that makes her so outstanding as a racing and cruising boat.

Since the Wayfarer was originally designed there have been improvements in materials and production techniques which have lead to a variety of different versions all sharing the same hull shape and sail plan. The Wayfarer currently has a Portsmouth Number of 1102 (2020).

Wayfarer Vital Statistics

Length4.827 metres15 ft 10 in
Beam1.855 metres6 ft 1 in
Draft0.203 metres8 in
Draft with centreboard down1.169 metres3 ft 10 in
Hull Weight  (minimum)169 kg372 lb
Mainsail area8.83 sq metres95 sq ft
Genoa area4.27 sq. metres46 sq ft
Jib area2.78 sq. metres30 sq ft
Spinnaker area13.5 sq metres145 sq ft


Hartley Boats

If you want further information about the Wayfarer dinghy, visit

Hartley Boats are the builders of new Wayfarers.

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Last updated 20:42 on 16 July 2024

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