An unusual cat ketch with wishbone booms

Poacher Ketch

21' 1" 22' 4" 17' 9" 1' 0"/4' 6" 27' 7"

outboard 3 to 6 hp 31%

W. Richardson

Parker Dawson Yachts

1979-1984

portable

15 gal.

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

21' 1" 22' 4" 17' 9" 1' 0"/4' 6" 27' 7"

outboard 3 to 6 hp 31%

Designer: Builder:

Years produced: Sail area: Fuel tankage: Water tankage:

W. Richardson

Parker Dawson Yachts

1979-1984

portable

15 gal.

Approx. trailering wgt.: 2,600 lbs.

Parker Dawson Yachts of Hingham, MA, produced this out-of-the-ordinary craft, of which 50 or so were built from 1979 into the early 1980s. The split rig is unusual in a boat this small, since the configuration often means less total sail area. But in this case, the Poacher's total area is higher than any of her comps. The sleeved sails are identical (so a single third sail can be carried as a spare), and both masts are also identical. The aft mast is buried a scant few inches deeper than the forward mast, making the rig a cat ketch; without the extra bury, the masthead heights would be reversed, and the rig would be a cat schooner. Best features:

The Poacher's shallow draft with board up gives her a good capability to explore beaches. She also has foam flotation. Worst features: Unlike the fin keels or centerboards of her comps, the Poacher has a daggerboard, and a rather deep one (4' 6") at that. The rudder is also the vertical-lifting type. We don't like vertically lifting blades, on the theory that in rocky shallows the system could result in severe damage to the daggerboard trunk and/or rudder assembly Also, in addition to limiting total sail area, split rigs can be harder to trim properly, and therefore may be harder to sail, especially when going downwind.

Avg.

Max.

Motion

Space

No. of

Head

Comps

LOD

Beam

MinDr

Displ

Bllst

SA/D

D/L

PHRF

Speed

Index

Index

Berths

room

Clipper 21

20' 11"

7' 3"

0' 7"

1,800

410

20.9

142

270

5.7

10.5

275

4

3' 9"

Parker Dawson Poacher 21

21' 1"

7' 6"

1' 0"

1,800

550

24.7

144

201

5.6

10.1

358

4

4' 0"

Nautica Flamingo 21

20' 8"

7' 5"

2' 0"

1,870

550

21.5

125

267

5.8

10.3

360

4

4' 1"

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