Sarastus is a Wayfarer class dinghy made of marine plywood. I found her in United Kingdom, where she was brought to Finland in a container ship in winter 2014. You can find the record of that on the early posts of this blog.
The boat was built in 1987 as a racing dinghy, and she was taken to races in Canada even. After buying her some modifications have been made, to make her more suitable for family cruising.
Her name Sarastus means literally “Dawn” in English, but is also the Finnish name chosen for the ship “Dawn Treaded” in Chronicles of Narnia, which is a classic of British children’s literature.
Many prefer to have outboards on their Wayfarers, but Sarastus uses the well-trusted rye-bread-powered motor. In other words, two paddles are used when the sails are lowered or wind dies. It may be worth mentioning, that in Finland the effect of tides is almost nil.
|Material||plywood (Brazilian mahogany)|
|LOA||4.85 m (16 ft)|
|Beam||1.83 m (1.9 ft)|
|Draft||0.20 m (8.0 in) centreboard and rudder raised
1.17 m (3 ft 10 in) otherwise
|Hull weight||169 kg (373 lb)|
|Mast height||6.8 m (22 ft)|
|Sail area||mainsail 8.8 m2
genoa 2.8 m2
spinnaker 13.5 m2
|Launching time||20-40 minutes|
|Crew||2-5 adults inland waters|
Wayfarer is one of the most famous camp cruising dinghies, partly because of Frank Dye’s voyage from Scotland to Iceland, that can be found in his book. Stability and seaworthiness has led them to be used as family boats and in sailing schools.
It’s essential to keep in mind that despite of her stability also Wayfarer can capsize making the whole crew get caught on water. In unfavorable conditions that can expose them to throwning, cold shock and hypothermia. However, good-enough sailing skills, proper gear, proactive weather observing and flexible time schedule help to face these risks confidently.
For a do-it-yourself man dreaming of building a wooden boat, Wayfarer is not an attraction option anymore because kits have not been sold for decades. Nowadays the best option for a building project might be restoring an old Wayfarer or building something close enough. At least Iain Oughtred sells plans of Fulmar (video) which is similar to Wayfarer.
If you are interested in Wayfarers, it’s worth reading the article in the Classic Boat magazine or even buying The Wayfarer Book. What else could be said? The smaller the boat, the bigger the adventure!
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