An automaker enters the sailing market

Herreshoff Catboat

20' 0" 20' 6" 18' 0" 1' 11"/5' 7" 28' 6"

outboard 3 to 6 hp 26%

Halsey Herreshoff Chrysler Marine 1977-1980 179 sq. ft. portable portable 2,700 lbs.

Min./max. draft: Bridge clearance: Power: B/D ratio:

20' 0" 20' 6" 18' 0" 1' 11"/5' 7" 28' 6"

outboard 3 to 6 hp 26%

Designer: Builder:

Years produced: Sail area: Fuel tankage: Water tankage: Approx. trailering wgt.:

Halsey Herreshoff Chrysler Marine 1977-1980 179 sq. ft. portable portable 2,700 lbs.

Halsey Herreshoff, son of Sidney DeW. Herreshoff, and not to be confused with Cap'n Nat Herreshoff, the so-called Wizard of Bristol (although he happens to be the old man's grandson), has been a yacht designer most of his life. He worked with Chrysler Marine as a consultant to design the 20-footer shown here. Chrysler had been in the outboard engine business for some years; then in 1965, the company purchased Lone Star Boats in Plano, TX, and began producing small powerboats and (eventually) some small sailboats, including this one. Best features:

The boat is nicely constructed, with good finish, smooth fiberglass cabin liner, and quality hardware (e.g., Harken blocks). She doesn't look bad on the water either. Worst features: Probably the most unusual (and least attractive) feature of the Chrysler 20 is her inboard pivoting rudder. Very seldom is this type of rudder design used, since it is complicated (and therefore hard to repair), and subject to collecting weed and plastic bags on its leading edge. A flip-up outboard rudder hung on the transom would have been a better choice.

Avg.

Max.

Motion

Space

No. of

Head

Comps

LOD

Beam

MinDr

Displ

Bllst

SA/D

D/L

PHRF

Speed

Index

Index

Berths

room

Chrysler 20

20' 0"

7' 11"

1' 11"

1,950

500

18.3

149

264

5.7

10.1

311

4

3' 9"

Buccaneer 200 (20)

20' 5"

8' 0"

2' 0"

2,100

750

18.6

183

276

5.6

10.9

336

4

3' 6"

Signet 20

19' 10"

6' 8"

2' 0"

2,146

800

18.5

234

NA

5.4

15.4

200

4

4' 0"

Wild Wind 20

20' 0"

7' 11"

2' 0"

2,200

800

18.3

168

NA

5.7

11.5

302

6

4' 3"

Montego 20

19' 6"

7' 2"

2' 0"

2,300

600

17.4

184

282

5.6

14.0

246

4

4' 0"

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