Evolution of a small cruiser stage two

Windrose Sailboat Laguna Yachts

18' 0" 19' 0" 16' 0" 2' 3" 26' 6"

outboard 3 to 6 hp 33%

W. Shad Turner Laguna Yachts 1980-1983? 152 sq. ft. portable portable

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

18' 0" 19' 0" 16' 0" 2' 3" 26' 6"

outboard 3 to 6 hp 33%

Designer: Builder:

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

W. Shad Turner Laguna Yachts 1980-1983? 152 sq. ft. portable portable

Approx. trailering wgt.: 2,150 lbs.

By 1980 the design trend was toward wider boats, for extra stability as well as cabin space. Laguna Yachts and Shad Turner responded by widening the six-year-old Windrose 18 (previous page) from seven feet to eight feet, and introducing a number of other changes. Principal among these were (a) eliminating the potentially troublesome steel centerboard and substituting instead a shallow iron-filled fixed keel, and (b) rearranging the cabin space for more elbow room. For example, the portable head was moved aft where its use wouldn't interfere with V-berth sleepers;

the settee berths in the "18" were replaced by wider quarter berths and a central seating area. Best features: The new design eliminates worry over centerboard difficulties, and provides more elbow room. Worst features: The fixed keel is too shallow to give good sailing performance compared to the Windrose 18's (despite the fact that PHRF rating for both the 18 and the 5.5 is—unfairly—identical at 288), and the keel makes launching and retrieving at a launching ramp considerably more difficult than with her comps or with the shallower-draft "18."

Avg.

Max.

Motion

Space

No. of

Head

Comps

LOD

Beam

MinDr Displ

Bllst

SA/D

D/L

PHRF

Speed

Index

Index

Berths

room

Alerion Express Cat 19

19' 2"

8' 6"

1' 2"

1,450

450

34.0

121

NA

5.6

7.1

313

2

3' 6"

Capri 18

18' 0"

7' 7"

2' 0"

1,500

425

18.9

149

NA

5.4

9.0

248

2

3' 6"

ETAP 20

19' 10"

7' 6"

1' 6"

1,500

441

21.4

136

NA

5.5

8.8

278

4

4' 0"

Windrose 5.5 (18)

18' 0"

8' 0"

2' 3"

1,500

500

18.6

163

288

5.4

8.7

228

4

3' 9"

Balboa 16 (Laguna 16)

A Southern California trailer sailer circa 1981

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

16' 0" 17' 0" 14' 8" 2' 5" 22' 0"

outboard 2 to 5 hp 40%

Designer: Builder:

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

W. Shad Turner Laguna Yachts 1981-1982 117 sq.ft. portable portable

Approx. trailering wgt.: 1,530 lbs.

This little cruiser was originally built by Balboa Yachts and later (as the Laguna 16) built by Laguna Yachts. Best features: The Balboa's relatively wide beam may help stability a bit, and also provides extra stowage space below, highest of her comp group. Her fixed keel may appeal to novice sailors who don't want to fuss with a centerboard or swing keel, and with a relatively high B/D ratio and low SA/D, she may be relatively stable in a breeze. Worst features: Her low SA/D and shallow keel also make her a poor bet for sailing fast or close to the wind in light air. Her shallow (2' 5") fixed keel will make it harder to slide off a trailer, especially on shallow-sloped launching ramps. And because the keel is steel, it will be more difficult and time-consuming to maintain properly, particularly in salt water.

Approx. trailering wgt.: 1,530 lbs.

Small Nordia Sailing Boat

Avg.

Max.

Motion

Space

No. of

Head

Comps

LOD

Beam

MinDr

Displ

Bllst

SA/D

D/L

PHRF

Speed

Index

Index

Berths

room

Gloucester 16

15' 7"

6' 3"

0' 9"

900

350

23.5

157

NA

5.0

8.2

122

2

4' 0"

Neptune 16

15' 9"

6' 2"

0' 10"

900

350

25.5

163

NA

4.9

8.5

111

2

3' 6"

Balboa 16

16' 0"

7' 5"

2' 5"

1,000

400

18.7

141

NA

5.1

6.9

171

2

3' 6"

Com-Pac Legacy 17

16' 6"

6' 0"

1' 2"

1,000

400

20.8

154

NA

5.1

9.1

139

2

3' 3"

Com-Pac 16

16' 0"

6' 0"

1' 6"

1,100

450

18.0

179

355

5.0

10.2

136

2

3' 3"

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