Evolution of a West Coast cruiser

Hunter Sailboats Blueprints

18' 5" 19' 5" 15' 10" 1' 0"/4' 0" 26' 6"

outboard 3 to 6 hp 27%

W. Shad Turner Laguna Yachts 1974-1980 151 sq. ft. portable portable

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

18' 5" 19' 5" 15' 10" 1' 0"/4' 0" 26' 6"

outboard 3 to 6 hp 27%

Designer: Builder:

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

W. Shad Turner Laguna Yachts 1974-1980 151 sq. ft. portable portable

Approx. trailering wgt.: 2,150 lbs.

In the late 1950s and throughout the 1960s and 1970s, the basic concepts of fiberglass sailboat design and construction were gestating and developing, sometimes by mere luck and intuition. Designs in California were often quite different from those of the eastern states—and were apt to be more modern and daring. It wasn't until the late 1980s that eastern boats began to "go modern," as typified by the streamlined Hunter 18.5 (page 37), a comp of the Windrose 18 shown here. Shad Turner was among the dozen or so designers of California's avant garde small sailboats during the 1970s, and the Windrose 18 is a good example of the very latest in California thinking at that time. Best features: The boat is a showpiece for some of the design features Turner contributed—for example, light and shallow-draft hull for easy trailering, modest-sized sails and a relatively short mast so as not to frighten neophyte sailors. Worst features: The steel centerboard pivot point is so close to the bottom of its trunk that there is very little "bury" when the board is in the down position, putting the trunk in danger of being pried wide open if the board tip meets an immovable object to one side, creating a lever with a very long fulcrum arm. Also, the narrow forward V-berth is likely to be useful only for small children.

Avg.

Max.

Motion

Space

No. of

Head

Comps

LOD

Beam

MinDr

Displ

Bllst

SA/D

D/L

PHRF

Speed

Index

Index

Berths

room

Alacrity 19 (18)

18' 0"

6' 11"

1' 10"

1,450

480

18.7

132

378

5.5

9.5

223

2 or 3

3' 11"

Windrose 18

18' 5"

7' 0"

1' 0"

1,500

400

18.4

169

288

5.3

10.4

201

4

3' 9"

Hunter 18.5

18' 5"

7' 1"

2' 0"

1,600

520

20.8

141

288

5.6

10.3

253

3

4' 0"

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