sailing in the San Juan Islands
|Wynfall represents the
smallest boat that I feel is safe and
practical for extended ocean cruising.
Although only 26' long, she's a big boat with
a waterline of almost 24', and displacing 9500
We built the prototype for Wynfall in the
Pacific Northwest, launching her in 1988. I
cruised and lived aboard her at various times,
and she proved a success in every way: well
balanced and responsive, with a good turn of
speed. She is also comfortable, having a
remarkable amount of living and storage space,
and an easy motion.
Katla (shown below)
was built to the Wynfall design in Portugal.
She made her
second Alantic crossing in 2011.
Katla on the hard
The success of the design
is reflected by the attention she has received:
she was awarded "Best Tabloid Cruiser" at the
Victoria (Canada) Classic Boat Show, and has
been featured in WoodenBoat, Classic Boat,
Waterkampioen, and Water Craft magazines (see publications page for references).
LOA: 26' - 5"
LWL: 23' - 10"
BEAM: 8' - 10"
DRAFT: 3' - 10" (keel)
2' - 10" (cb)
DISP: 9500 lbs
BALLAST: 3300 lbs
Gaff: 466 sq. ft.
Berm: 430 sq. ft
Water: 75 GAL
Fuel: 30 GAL
Headroom: Sitting (5'+)
originally designed as a traditionally built keel
boat, with carvel planking over steamed oak
frames, on a sawn or laminated backbone. At the
request of a builder in Belgium I've prepared
drawings for a strip planked centerboard version
as well. In both cases scantlings are generous,
resulting in a strong though not overly heavy
boat. Her hull shape would also lend itself well
to cold-molded construction - I'm happy to advise
on any necessary adjustments. The centerboard
Wynfall draws just 2'-10" (as compared to 3'10"
for the keel version), and includes a tabernacle
She is offered with a choice of
gaff or Bermudan rig, and long or short cabin trunk.
The prototype was
fitted as a gaff cutter,
and the rig has
proven to be handy, close winded, and fast.
It also looks
Several accommodation options are
with a choice of
two to four berths.
(for 4-berth, long
cabin layout shown above)
Profile of centerboard