Canadian microcruiser for a family

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

17' 2" 17' 9" 15' 0" 0' 8"/4' 3" 22' 0"

outboard 2 to 5 hp 17%

Designer: Builder:

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

Vandestadt & McGruer

Vandestadt & McGruer

1974-1990?

117 sq.ft.

portable portable

Approx. trailering wgt.: 1,200 lbs.

Siren is a good design for an overnight cruiser for two adults and two small children Versus her comps, she has the lowest SA/D, making for relatively good stability, but at the expense of light-air performance. And she has the lowest draft, meaning relatively easy launching and retreiving from a trailer. Best features: Below she has foam flotation, a molded-in icebox, space for a stove and a toilet. Space is allocated in the cockpit for a gas tank and storage battery—though its aft location may not be optimal for proper hull trim. Construction and finish are above average. Worst features: Among her comps, she has the lowest Space Index, although for any 17-footer space is going to be tight. A steel centerboard, even though galvanized, may cause maintenance problems, particularly in salt water. Her outboard well doesn't permit an engine to be tilted, causing drag unless engine is removed and stowed—a good reason to choose a small, lightweight engine.

Approx. trailering wgt.: 1,200 lbs.

Home And Family Sail Boat Shape

Avg.

Max.

Motion

Space

No. of

Head-

Comps

LOD

Beam

MinDr

Displ

Bllst

SA/D

D/L

PHRF

Speed

Index

Index

Berths

room

Newport 17 (18)

17' 8"

6' 4"

0' 9"

600

150

34.2

63

NA

5.4

4.6

191

2

3' 4"

Picnic 17

17' 0"

6' 6"

0' 10"

700

0

41.4

87

NA

5.2

5.4

200

2

3' 10"

Siren 17

17' 2"

6' 8"

0' 8"

750

130

22.7

99

NA

5.2

5.8

144

4

3' 8"

Baymaster 18

17' 8"

6' 11"

0' 9"

750

150

28.3

99

NA

5.2

5.5

171

2

3' 3"

Holder 17

17' 0"

7' 3"

1' 8"

950

345

24.3

126

NA

5.2

6.6

207

2

4' 0"

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