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Some Of The Boats Sailed On Wagga's Lake Albert



Lachlan Pratt with his Vagabond 3.7

The Vagabond is extremely stable with an excellent freeboard and deep sit in seats. The seats double as air buoyancy tanks. Both the mainsail and jib can be lowered whilst on the water.

One person can rig, launch, sail and retrieve the Vagabond. The swing up rudder makes approaching and leaving shore a breeze and her kick up centreboard makes sailing in shallow water easy.

The flared bow, rolled gunwales and large foredeck with splashguard help keep the boat dry. Gutters along the rear of each seat act as drainage. The seats are deep set and provide comfort and security. There is a large dry storage area under the foredeck.

Length: 3.7m
Beam: 1.78m
Weight: 110kg approx
Sail Area: Mainsail 6.8sq m, Jib 3.1sq m


Manly Junior

Jake & Callum Clayton with their Manly Juniors

Length: 2.6m
Beam: 1.1m
Minimum Weight: 31.75kg
Sail Area: Mainsail 4.1sq m, Jib 1.2sq m, Spinnaker 2.1sq m
Double handed
Crew Weight: 40-90kg (combined)
Age group: Up to 16 years old
Boat Designer: Ralph Tobias (Australia)
|Class established: 1961


Tony Rake and his Pacer

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia:


The Pacer class of sailing dinghy, formerly known as the Puffin Pacer, was designed in the United Kingdom by Jack Holt. It was commissioned by Puffin Paints and Glues to be designed as yacht for use by families. It has since become a popular learning and racing dinghy in Australia, Canada, Holland, India and the UK. The name was changed in the UK early 1970s, although Australia continued to use the name until 1989, when they followed the UK in dropping the "Puffin" and chose the Wedge-tailed Shearwater as the boat's symbol.

Available with both wooden and fiberglass hulls and designed to be sailed by a crew of two, the Pacer has a rig consisting of three sails: a mainsail, jib and a spinnaker.

Current Specifications
Crew 2
LWL 12 feet (3.7 m)
Beam 4.9 feet (1.5 m)
Hull weight 130 pounds (59 kg)
Mast height 19 feet (5.8 m)
Mainsail area 65 square feet (6.0 m2)
Jib / Genoa area 20 square feet (1.9 m2)
Spinnaker area 80 square feet (7.4 m2)



From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia: The Mirror was designed by Jack Holt and TV do-it-yourself expert Barry Bucknell in 1962. It employed a novel construction method where sheets of marine plywood are held together with copper stitching and fibreglass tape. This is called tack and tape or stitch and glue construction. Buoyancy is provided by four independent integral chambers rather than by bags. It was originally designed to be built with simple tools and little experience, and this meant that the design was quite simple. For example, the characteristic 'pram' front reduces the need for the more complicated curved wooden panels and joinery needed for a pointed bow, and a daggerboard is used instead of a hinged centreboard. The result is a robust, versatile and fairly light boat that can be easily maintained and repaired, and can also be got into the water very quickly from storage or transport. Although most experienced sailors would carry a paddle rather than oars, if necessary it rows well. If the transom is strengthened, an outboard motor can be used for propulsion.

The original rig was a Gunter Rig, but in 2006 the class rules were changed to allow a single mast and an alloy boom. Although a Bermudan sloop rig has now been introduced for the Mirror, the original Gunter rig (with a gaff that effectively doubles the height of the mast) meant that all the spars could be packed inside the hull for easy storage or transportation. This same space saving is still available with the Bermudan rig by using an optional two-piece aluminium mast. Mirrors can be sailed without a jib by moving the mast into an optional forward step and moving the shroud attachment points forward. However, in this configuration it can be difficult to tack, so it would mainly be used to de-power the boat for beginners. Most single handers retain the mast in the standard position and handle the jib as well: because of the Mirror's small size, this is quite manageable.

Mirror class rules permit the use of a spinnaker. This may also be used by single handers as well - although flying a main, jib and spinnaker single-handed sounds complex, it is quite manageable with a bit of practice.

Mainsail controls permitted by the class are downhaul (Cunningham), outhaul and kicking strap (Vang). The Jib tack fixing may also be adjustable while sailing allowing changes in jib luff tension and tack height.

The Mirror is light and stable enough to be sailed safely by two young teenagers or two adults. It is an excellent boat for children or teenagers learning sailing for the first time.

Crew 2
LOA 3.3 m (10 ft 10 in)
LWL 1.38 m (4 ft 6 in)[citation needed]
Beam 1.39 m (4 ft 7 in)
Draft 0.7 m (2 ft 3.6 in)
Hull weight 45.5 kg (100 lb)
Mainsail area 4.6 m2 (50 sq ft)
Jib / Genoa area 1.9 m2 (20 sq ft)
Spinnaker area 4.4 m2 (47 sq ft)

Dennis TS 500



Tony Henderson & Trevor Jamieson aboard the Elky J

The TS 500 built by Dennis Yachts, Victoria was first produced in 1977. The Dennis TS 500 is an all fiberglass trailer sailor with self righting capabilities. A full length cabin floor gives four adult sized bunks and room to build in lockers, icebox and toilet. Foam sandwich decks construction and complete buoyancy compartment under the cabin floor make the boat virtually unsinkable.

Length: 5m
Beam: 2.16m
Draft: .25m
Drop plate: 1m
Internal ballast: 45.4kg
Complete weight: 362.9kg - Ballast ratio: 30%
Sail Area: Mainsail 8.2sq m, Jib 4.9sq m, Spinnaker 2.1sq m, Genoa 6.51sq m
When reefed main measurers 5.9sq m and jib measurers 3.3sq m

Learn more about the TS 500 and other yachts produced by Dennis Yachts


Elliott 5.9

Danny Fitzgerald with his Elliott 5.9 "All Fired Up"

The Elliott 5.9 was designed by Greg Elliott and was first released in 1993. Conceived as a a club trainer come match racer, the Elliott 5.9 boasts an efficient single spreader fractional rig, well balanced sail plan, practical deck layout and a performance hull that offers the response and maneuverability required for match racing. Design: Sports Boat-Rig: Fractional Rig with single swept back spreader.

Length: 5.9m
Beam: 2.45m
Draft: 1.3m
Displacement: 600kg
Ballast: 250kg
Sail Area: 25sq m
Max Crew Weight: 262.5kg


Botterill Explorer 16

Tony Henderson has done en excellent job of restoring his explorer 16

The Explorer 16 is easy to handle, can be rigged in about twenty minutes, and can be launched in about a foot of water.The built-in foam buoyancy make it unsinkable, and it is self righting.

Features: Cast iron centre plate, winch operated from the cockpit. Self draining cockpit with built in outboard well. Salb reefing on the mainsail and jib furling. Two berth lockable cabin with forward hatch. Full length bunks with cushions. plenty of stowing space. Positive buoyancy. Lock down plate.

Length: 5.5m
Beam: 1.98m
Draft: 1.14m
Total weight: 568kg
Mast length: 6.12m
Sail area: Mainsail 9.5sq m, Headsail 6.28sq m, Spinnaker 15.79sq m


Ross 650 Mark

Geoff White and his son Vincent beside their beautiful Ross 650 Mark All"Hailstorm"

The Ross 650, designed by New Zealander Murray Ross in the late 1980s, over some years has been a excellent all-round family yacht, competitive among the fastest trailables yet dry, safe and stable. The Mark II version from Ross Marine remains a spirited performer and is a family weekender with a comfortable cruising
interior. Accommodation, for five or six people, is available. The interior is quite spacious for a 6.5m boat. The cabin features headroom of 1.47m. An enclosed head in a five-berth layout is available as an option to the traditional arrangement with a porta loo under the veeberth forward behind the bulkhead. A rollout galley from under the cockpit is a tidy way of offering cooking/fridge facilities as well as making ideal use of this space. A pop-top is included as standard. The hull and deck laminate is all hand laid using Klegecell foam, vinyl ester resins, end grain balsa, biaxial cloths and marine-grade gel coats. Now with a total towing weight (including keel and trailer) of 1050kg, it can be towed by a family car. The stainless steel/lead centreboard is hydro-dynamically shaped and designed to give more stability for cruising. It is easily raised and lowered from the cockpit using the halyard winch. This also provides the capacity to beach the boat on an even keel.
The fractional three-quarter rig is simple, consisting of a tapered mast with single aft angled spreaders, jib furler and with a 2:1 halyard to help control mast bend. No backstay is needed. The hull is fitted with three buoyancy tanks: one under the front of the vee berth and one under the aft portion of each of the port and starboard quarter berths. Having the cockpit enclosed at the transom reduces the chance of young children going out over the stern.

Length: 6.5m,
Waterline: 6.35m,
Beam 2.48m
Displacement (bare including keel) 660kg
Kkeel 234kg
D raft 0.2m/1.67m
Sail area: Mainsail 15.2sq m, Jib 5.6sq m, Spinnaker 31.3sq m


The Flying Dutchman

Steve & Chris

Flying Dutchman

Steve Lee & Chris Rosvall at Lake Albert and Griffith.

The Flying Dutchman is a two handed mono hull that remains one of the fastest most enjoyable yachts to sail. The Flying Dutchman was a former Olympic class, and should be considered an excellent choice for sailors looking to learn what Olympic sailing is all about. Now that the Flying Dutchman is no longer an Olympic class, the cost of a Flying Dutchman has reduced significantly making the Flying Dutchman one of the most affordable and durable yachts available today.

The Flying Dutchman is a yacht for all sailors with plenty of room inboard for tall sailors and when the wind gets up the heavier sailors benefit through the extra sail available on the Flying Dutchman.


Austral 20

Ian Lobley has made a labor of love restoring his Austral 20

The forever popular award winning 6m yacht is responsive and a joy to sail. The ideal beginners yacht suitable for cruising with family comfort in mind. Trail it to your ultimate destination and relax onboard.

Main features: Four full length adult berths. Fully finished teak interior. Complete galley facilities. Large fold down table. Two ice boxes. Built in foam buoyancy. Retractable swing keel. Pop top main hatch. Interior and navigation lights.

The company was established by Adrian and Sue Keough in 1972 and has built over 400 yachts for the Australian market. Their yachts have established a reputation for being innovative in design and competitive in performance and price. Three sons have worked in all aspects of the business with the oldest Michael becoming Managing Director in 1999.


Paper Tiger

Paper Tiger

Garry Williams

Garry Williams


The Paper Tiger Catamaran is an exciting 4.3m (14ft) single-handed catamaran that provides competitive one-design racing for beginners through to champions. The class rules ensure tight control over the major dimensions of the boat which guarantees exceptional racing, yet they provide the freedom to experiment with gear and equipment for the boat.

Background from Wikipedia:
In 1967 when Ron Given was discussing with friends how he planned to design a father and son training catamaran which he proposed to build on a simple mould by sticking plywood together with fibreglass tape, his friends began to comment that he may as well use sticky paper. Eventually, the word 'paper' and also the description of 'paper boat' kept coming to mind during talks about the new boat. As a result, 'paper' soon became part of the name, followed by 'tiger' because the tiger is an active member of the cat family. By the end of 1967 five Paper Tigers were built and one made its debut at Cat Week during January 1968 at Brown's Bay, New Zealand. By the end of 1968 the New Zealand Paper Tiger Catamaran Owner's Association had been formed.

Class Information:

  • The 14 foot, one design hulls can be professionally or amateur built from fibreglass with foam sandwich or marine ply with both methods providing a long competitive boat life.
  • A minimum hull weight of 50kg ensures that the Tiger can be easily handled by teenagers, adults and veteran sailors.
  • The Paper Tiger points high into the wind, has an exhilarating acceleration, runs well downwind and above all is deslightfully responsive. These attributres thrill the pleasure sailor and racing skippers.
The basic specifications for the Paper Tiger Catamaran are set out below. For more detailed information, please refer to the Class Rules .
  • Length Overall  4.26 m [14 ft]
  • Beam (width)  2.13 m [7 ft]
  • Sail Area  9.29 m2 [100 sq ft]
  • Mast Length 6.78 m [22 ft 3 in]
  • Weight (unrigged) 50 kg [110 lb]
  • Weight Rigged 73 kg [160 lb]


Maricat are an Australian designed fiberglass catamaran which were originally designed and built by the Mariglass company. The most popular Maricat is the 4.3 meter which has a banana shaped hull. There is also a Maricat 4.0 which has shorter and stronger hulls than the 4.3.

Maricat 5.0 Specifications
Overall Length 5 m
Hull Weight 115 kg
Construction fiberglass

Sail Area 18.2 sq. m




Don Pembleton's RL24


Col Boyland & Crew

RL24 Features

The remarkable RL24 is still Australia's most popular trailer yacht with over 500 sold. Sleeping 4 in comfort, this yacht offers outstanding performance, easy launching, retrieving and rigging and particularly for the boating family the RL24 has many safety features and is the winner of the Good Design Award. The award features include simplicity of rigging, self righting and buoyancy, ease of launching, main and forward cockpits, performance and comfort, unique motor well, and maintenance free hand-laid fiberglass construction. Designed to sleep 4, the interior is open and clear of unnecessary bulkheads to provide comfortable living. The mid ship toilet, galley and icebox areas are convenient and the cabin can be subdivided if required. Auxiliary power is provided by a 4 to 10 hp standard shaft outboard sited in a special well designed to prevent cavitation. After the successful testing of a prototype in 1972, the RL24s were built between 1973 and 1987. There were four models.

Mark I : The first 10 had a slight chine mark up forward due to the original plug configuration. Altogether 100 Mark I's were built.

Mark II from 1976 featured an upgraded hull finish and a heavier centerboards after some knockdowns

Mark III built from 1980 had a new deck with increased headroom and interior alterations.

Mark IV is a faster boat designed primarily for racing with a fully battened main and a drop keel and was instigated by Peter Yeomans of Sydney in his third RL24.

The RL24 was also built in Minnesota U.S.A under license and some 500 boats were constructed there. A dozen were also built in Western Australia.


Hartley TS16


Glen Ross

The Hartley TS16 is the most popular trailer sailor in Australia. It is a clean lined, unsinkable conventional trailer yacht with performance and versatility proven over more than 30 years. It is light, easy to rig, launch and retrieve and can be towed comfortably by a four cylinder car.

The Hartley TS16 is a versatile pleasure boat for sailing, motoring and camping. It has overnight accommodation for two in the cabin and, with a boom tent, a further two in the cockpit. With a 4-10 hp outboard motor it becomes a very stable launch for fishing or just for cruising.

Hartley TS16s are regularly raced as one class racing yachts throughout Australia and are also raced in mixed fleets. They prove very competitive in mixed company and are often a match for yachts up to 22 feet in length.

Hartley TS16 Details
Length : 5 m
Beam : 2.2 m
Mast : 6.2 m
Hull Weight : 360kg minimum
Sail Area: Mainsail : 11.6 sq m (reefing), Jib: 5.2 sq metres (furling)
Draft : 0.23 m to 1.24 m (depending on centerboard position)


Castle 550

Castle 550

Reg Pearce aboard "Just Right "

The CASTLE 550 is fast, dry and stable, with a 550kg displacement with 180kg computer designed drop plate. The underwater shape is that of a modern dinghy with the maximum beam at the front of the cockpit. At rest the bow is clear of the water. Sailing fast downwind the Castle 550 sits back on the straight after-sections on runs. With the large clear cockpit, ample side decks and lifelines to lean on, the Castle 550 is a pleasure to sail. The Hull features a 8' beam with powerful hull shape designed to provide a roomy interior and high stability.

Length 5486mm, LWL 4876mm, B Max 2387mm, Mass 500kg, Ballast 180kg


Careel 18


Geoff White aboard "Warian"

The Careel 18 started life as the Duncanson 18 in the late 60s. It was then built by John Duncanson in Adelaide. David Rose of Sydney first acted as a dealer for Duncanson boats before taking over the manufacturing rights and subsequently renamed the class Careel18. There are now three generations of Careel 18; the original, the Mark II and in 1985 the Mark III. The Mark III had its roof raised 10cm amongst a list of changes. Apparently over 400 Careel 18s have been built. The success of the Careel may be founded on its strength of construction and simplicity of rig. There are four berths, a swing keel and a small galley.

Until recently (I think) the Careel 18 Mark III was available new. The top of the range model was valued at close to $25,000 with the basic sail-away version at $22,000. For that amount of money I think there are better value propositions on the market. But a second hand model is significantly cheaper and the positives of Careel 18 ownership are still there. Still a good starter boat if you want to take the family along or for an older couple who appreciate the simplicity of rig and roomy cabin.

LOA 5.6m, LWL 5.18m, Beam 2.26m, Draft .3m/1.2m, Displacement 780 kg, Main 12.4sqm, Genoa 7.5 sqm


Laser Dingy


The Laser is a strict one design sailing dinghy that has a choice of rig sizes designed to suit the size of the sailor. The Laser class was designed around the philosophy that the sailor wins the race, not the boat.  Laser racing is, therefore a true test of skill rather than craft.

Length: 4.23 m
Length at Waterline: 3.81 m
Beam: 1.37 m
Draft: 0.14 m
Displacement: 56.7 kg
Construction: GRP
Sail Area: 7.1 sq. m.


Elliott 7

Elliot 7

Danny Fitzgerald aboard "Serious Fun"

The Elliott 7 is a lightweight, high performance trailer sailor or 'sports boat', that offers a unique combination of giant killing performance and easy handling. Light weight, a simple but powerful sail plan and clean hull lines have created a boat that is able to race at the front of the fleet on Saturday, and be cruised comfortably on Sunday.

Designed by Greg Elliott of New Zealand, over 40 boats have been sold new in Australia since 1992. Strong bases for the class have been established at a number of clubs throughout the east coast of Australia, with close racing occurring regularly at club level and at major events. All boats are bound by a set of class rules that ensure areas effecting performance are controlled, which combined with a strict hull specification sees boats built in 1992 competing evenly with boats built in 2000.

With an all-up towing weight of around 1100 kg's, the Elliott 7 can be towed safely by larger 4 cylinder, and all popular 6 cylinder family cars. The interior is light and airy, sleeping 4 adults in moulded bunks with abundant storage space.

Sometimes boat builders time it just right and when Kerli Corlette gained the rights to market the Elliott 7 in Australia he knew he was in the right place at the right time. So far 43 have been built to the design since 1992 and Kerli delivered his 26th just before Christmas to a buyer from Altona, Victoria. Boats have been sent to W.A., N.T., Queensland (3), Victoria (4), S.A. and the rest to N.S.W.

One of the reasons for the 7s popularity is that Kerli has succeeded in keeping everybody within the one design rules. Another reason is that the boat goes very fast. Recent results include: 1st Hamilton Island (Dayboat Division), 2nd St Helena Cup (QLD) 2nd Nissan Regatta Heat (Vic), 1st NSW TYA Travellers series. Typical buyers of the 7 are ex dinghy or off-the-beach cat owners, daysailer owners with a minimum overnight accommodation and "one design" freaks. Even performance boat people looking for a family race boat which is simple to sail and inexpensive.

LOA- 7m, LWL- 6.25m, Beam- 2.45m, Draft- 1.6m,
Displ- 695kg, Sail Area- 26.7sq m, Berths- 4



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