Sarastus

Sarastus is a Wayfarer class dinghy made of marine plywood. I found her in United Kingdom from where she was brought to Finland in a container ship to Finland 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. Since buying some modifications have been made to make her more suitable for 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.

Sarastus moored in the Archipelago Sea

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
Hull planing
Material plywood (Brazilian mahogany)
Rig Bermuda
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)
Ballast
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 foolhardy voyage from Scotland to Iceland that can be read from his book. In British Isles Wayfarer is widely used by sailing schools and families.

For a do-it-yourself man dreaming of building a wooden boat, Wayfarer is not an attractive 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. Iain Oughtred’s Fulmar (video) is very similar but bit longer, John Welsford’s Navigator can be made look similar, and François Vivier’s Ilur has is an increasingly popular option.

If you are interested in Wayfarers, it’s worth reading the article in the Classic Boat magazine or even buying The Wayfarer Book.

Articles

Blog posts related to Sarastus are listed below.

DateDate Title Water DistanceDist
  17 Aug 2019 Suuri Lintusaari Suur-Saimaa 23 M
  10 Aug 2019 Ilkonsaaret and Peräsaari Suur-Saimaa 34 M
  3 Aug 2019 Halsskär and Södra Benskär Archipelago Sea 31 M
  27 Jul 2019 Hietasaari Suur-Saimaa 6 M
  20 Jul 2019 Lanskeri Gulf of Finland 16 M
  13 Jul 2019 Värrätsaari Suur-Saimaa 13 M
  29 Jun 2019 Taka-Ruuho Suur-Saimaa 13 M
  18 May 2019 Päihänniemi Suur-Saimaa 5 M
  1 Sep 2018 Mustamaansyvä Gulf of Finland 12 M
  18 Aug 2018 Sandön Archipelago Sea 15 M
  11 Aug 2018 Pullikainen, east shore Suur-Saimaa 16 M
  5 Aug 2018 Laajahiekka Suur-Saimaa 15 M
  1 Aug 2018 Suuri Lintusaari Suur-Saimaa 30 M
  14 Jul 2018 Pullikainen Suur-Saimaa 14 M
  26 May 2018 Taka-Ruuho Suur-Saimaa 15 M
  12 May 2018 Päihänniemi Suur-Saimaa 6 M
  11 Aug 2017 Linnasaari Puruvesi 22 M
  29 Jul 2017 Around Kyläniemi Suur-Saimaa 23 M
  8 Jul 2017 Pieni Metsäluoto Suur-Saimaa 21 M
  24 Jun 2017 Kaito Suur-Saimaa 13 M
  10 Jun 2017 Satamosaari Suur-Saimaa 13 M
  20 Aug 2016 Kaunissaari Gulf of Finland 18 M
  30 Jul 2016 Suuri-Pisi Gulf of Finland 20 M
  23 Jul 2016 Hietasaari Suur-Saimaa 11 M
  2 Jul 2016 Pullikainen Suur-Saimaa 20 M
  28 May 2016 Ilkonsaaret Suur-Saimaa 20 M
  7 May 2016 Satamosaari in May Suur-Saimaa 9 M
  23 Aug 2015 Petrisaari Puruvesi 21 M
  16 Aug 2015 U-turn Puruvesi  
  9 Aug 2015 Listinki and Satamosaari Suur-Saimaa 43 M
  27 Jul 2015 Linnansaari Haukivesi 26 M
  25 Jul 2015 Äyrätsalo Suur-Saimaa 17 M
  15 Jul 2015 Pullikainen Suur-Saimaa 13 M
  14 Jul 2015 Dyneema Halyard  
  4 Jul 2015 Laajahiekka Suur-Saimaa 21 M
  14 Jun 2015 Peräsaari Suur-Saimaa 25 M
  3 Jun 2015 Kaito Suur-Saimaa 13 M
  31 May 2015 Päihänniemi Suur-Saimaa 6 M
  21 Oct 2014 Wayfarer Worlds in Canada  
  23 Sep 2014 Päihänniemi Suur-Saimaa 8 M
  12 Aug 2014 Bilberry Sail Suur-Saimaa 15 M
  9 Aug 2014 Mitinhiekka Pihlajavesi 18 M
  3 Aug 2014 Ilkonsaaret Suur-Saimaa 31 M
  31 Jul 2014 Circumnavigation of Kyläniemi Suur-Saimaa 31 M
  19 Jul 2014 Hietasaari Suur-Saimaa 7 M
  12 Jul 2014 Pullikainen Suur-Saimaa 19 M
  6 Jul 2014 Ylä-Lyly Suur-Saimaa 14 M
  7 Jun 2014 The Moody Finnish Summer Weather Suur-Saimaa 3 M
  1 Jun 2014 Satamosaari Suur-Saimaa 13 M
  21 May 2014 The First Cruise Suur-Saimaa 1 M
  13 Feb 2014 Homestretch  
  31 Jan 2014 Trip to British Isles  
800 M