Hyvässä slöörissä · sailing dinghy cruising


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.

Name Sarastus
Class Wayfarer
Model Mark 1
Designer Ian Proctor
Build year 1987
Builder Porters
Material Plywood (Brazilian mahogani)
Rig Bermuda
Blocks Harken
LOA 4.8 m (16 ft)
Beam 1.9 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
Auxiliary propulsion paddles
Launching time 20-40 minutes
Crew 2-5 adults

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!

Canada 1995
The woodie
Test sail
Clear water


Blog posts related to Sarastus are listed below.

Date Post Water Distance
11.8.2017 Linnasaari Puruvesi 21,7 M
8.7.2017 Pieni Metsäluoto Suur-Saimaa 21.2 M
24.6.2017 Kaito Suur-Saimaa
10.6.2017 Satamosaari Suur-Saimaa 12.6 M
20.8.2016 Kaunissaari Gulf of Finland 17,5 M
30.7.2016 Suuri-Pisi Gulf of Finland 20.1 M
23.7.2016 Hietasaari Suur-Saimaa 11.2 M
2.7.2016 Pullikainen Suur-Saimaa 19.6 M
28.5.2016 Ilkonsaaret Suur-Saimaa 19.6 M
7.5.2016 Satamosaari in May Suur-Saimaa 9.2 M
23.8.2015 Petrisaari Puruvesi 21.4 M
16.8.2015 U-turn Puruvesi 0.0 M
9.8.2015 Listinki and Satamosaari Suur-Saimaa
27.7.2015 Linnansaari Haukivesi
25.7.2015 Äyrätsalo Suur-Saimaa
15.7.2015 Pullikainen Suur-Saimaa
14.7.2015 Dyneema Halyard
4.7.2015 Laajahiekka Suur-Saimaa
14.6.2015 Peräsaari Suur-Saimaa
3.6.2015 Kaito Suur-Saimaa
31.5.2015 Päihänniemi Suur-Saimaa
21.10.2014 Wayfarer Worlds in Canada Lake Ontario
23.9.2014 Päihänniemi Suur-Saimaa
12.8.2014 Bilberry Sail Suur-Saimaa
9.8.2014 Mitinhiekka Pihlajavesi
3.8.2014 Ilkonsaaret Suur-Saimaa
31.7.2014 Circumnavigation of Kyläniemi Suur-Saimaa 30.8 M
19.7.2014 Hietasaari Suur-Saimaa
12.7.2014 Pullikainen Suur-Saimaa
6.7.2014 Ylä-Lyly Suur-Saimaa
7.6.2014 The Moody Finnish Summer Weather Suur-Saimaa
1.6.2014 Satamosaari Suur-Saimaa
21.5.2014 The First Cruise Suur-Saimaa 0.5 M
13.2.2014 Homestretch
31.1.2014 Trip to British Isles


Jim and Linda Heffernan ·  November 20th, 2016
Ahoy from USA. Our 1965 Wayfarer. W1066 is named Dawn Treader thanks to the input on a name by our grandchildren. We cruise her extensively and also race quite often. The Wayfarer is the best dinghy for many purposes. See the USWA website for a picture of 1066. Happy Sailing and Fair Winds. Jim Heffernan, Commodore
Timo ·  November 21st, 2016
Ahoy Jim and Linda! Thanks for the comment. It seems, that our boats don’t only have a similar name but also a very similar look. Have to say, that you chose a very good name for your boat. I agree, that Wayfarer is a wonderful dinghy and it would deserve more attention. Happy cruising and racing to you too!

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