Crew: 2 man crew.
Dimensions: 4.827 meters long and ±169kg
Sail Area: Mainsail: 8.83 sqm, Jib/Genoa: 2.78 sqm, Spinnaker area 13.5 sqm.
Class: Restricted (hull shape remains the same from year to year)
Characteristics: Stability and seaworthiness has led them to be used as family boats
Difficulty Level: Beginner
The Wayfarer is a wooden or fibreglass hulled Bermuda rigged sailing dinghy, often used for short sailing trips as a 'day boat'. The boat is 4.82 meters long, and broad and deep enough for three adults to comfortably sail for several hours. Longer trips are undertaken by enthusiasts, notably Frank Dye who sailed W48 'Wanderer' from Scotland to Iceland. Wayfarers' size and stability have made them popular with sailing schools.
Not only a versatile cruising dinghy, Wayfarers are also raced with a Portsmouth Number of 1101. Although best suited to larger stretches of water and stronger winds, their stability and seaworthiness has led them to be used as family boats in a wide variety of locations.
From the original design by Ian Proctor in 1957, many subsequent versions of the Wayfarer have been produced . There is also a double-hulled Canadian clone, known as the CL 16. Genuine Wayfarers can be identified by the "W" symbol on their sails.
More recently Hartley Laminates took over the copyright and manufacturing license for the design. They secured the services of Phil Morrison to redesign the deck plug to modernise the appearance of the boat, allow the hull to self drain through transom flaps and to reduce the complexity of building the hull and thus production costs while retaining the same hull shape and rig.