If you follow My Wooden Boat of the Week at all, you know there is a special place in my heart for beginners’ boats that can be built by those beginners and their families.
As such, and new to me, is the Sunburst class in New Zealand:
(All photos credit: New Zealand Sunburst Association)
I read in the November 2013 issue of Boating New Zealand, pp. 104-107) that 1,820 of them have been built to date. This January, the class will be celebrating its 50th anniversary. (Boating New Zealand is one of my favorite boating magazines.. he says as an aside…)
She’s a two-person boat, and typically attracts kids who have graduated from Optis. Or the P-class, for that matter. She was designed in 1963 by Jack Brooke. As described in the article in Boating New Zealand, ”[i]t is a simple, hard chine, plywood knockabout for sail, oars or outboard power.. [It] has evolved into one of the most successful double-handed, learn-to-sail dinghies in the country, equally suitable for a parent and child, two teens, or even two light adults.”
Here are her specs:
Sail area: 8.36m
Some members of the Forum have criticized her for being heavy. True, she’s a 50 year-old class.
For more information and to buy plans:
Maybe in my retirement, I’ll get demented and have one of every kids’ class boats? Wooden, of course.
So, who wants to add comments about the Sunburst? It seems a cool boat.