Unusual catrigged microcruiser

Helton Solo Sailboat

16' 2" 16' 11" 14' 4" 1' 9" 26' 0"

outboard 2 to 5 hp 36%

Helton Marine

1992-1994

portable portable

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

16' 2" 16' 11" 14' 4" 1' 9" 26' 0"

outboard 2 to 5 hp 36%

Designer: Builder:

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

Helton Marine

1992-1994

portable portable

Approx. trailering wgt.: 1,700 lbs.

This is a good-looking small catboat with a shoal-draft winged keel. Below there is just enough space for a tiny galley, portable head, portable 40-quart cooler, and a table which converts to part of a double berth. In 1992 the boat had a bendy, stayless kevlar-and-fiberglass mast (as shown here), with vertical battens so the sail could be rolled around the mast. Best features: Simple rig with rotating mast, according to the builder, "allows one person to raise and lower the mast with ease"—if it worked. However . . .

Worst features: By 1993 she had acquired a three-stay conventional cat rig with full-length horizontal battens, raising the question of whether the freestanding mast was in some way inadequate. The vertical battens seem especially unlikely to have been successful, if their purpose was to prevent leech curl. Her fixed keel with wings might hinder easy trailer loading and unloading. An underbody more similar to the Com-Pac Sun Cat 17 (page 30), a comp, might 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

Solo II (16)

16' 2" 7' 4"

1'

9"

1,100

400

24.0

167

NA

5.1

7.9

150

2

3' 6"

Slipper Deckhouse 17

16' 10" 8' 0"

1'

7"

1,250

425

20.7

171

NA

5.2

7.7

238

4

4' 3"

Com-Pac Sun Cat 17

16' 8" 7' 3"

1'

2"

1,350

200

19.6

179

NA

5.2

9.4

147

2

3' 2"

Seaward Fox II (17)

17' 4" 8' 0"

1'

9"

1,350

450

22.3

145

NA

5.4

7.8

247

4

4' 3"

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