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Sea Swift

SeaSwiftBeautyTallThe protected waters of the Northwest offer a myriad of uses for a boat like Sea Swift. She has the stable sea-worthy qualities inherent in the dory, along with the strength-to-weight capabilities, ease of maintenance and cost effectiveness of stitch-and-glue construction.

This small, open boat is more than a fair cruising vessel. With the camping kit of the average backpacker, this cruiser can cook, eat, sleep and sail in fine fashion. In the dory tradition, she likes to sail on her ear, scary to some, exhilarating to others. Keep in mind that though initial stability is low, final stability is high, as exemplified by the use of the dory for fishing in rough waters throughout history. We have chosen the spritsail cat-ketch rig with its low center of effort to keep the heel to a minimum. When under sail she foams right along, on her ear, of course. Sea Swift was designed with these uses in mind, whether day-sailing or cruising, she is a well behaved, responsive boat.

— Sam Devlin

The Sea Swift is available in study and construction plans.

 

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Sea Swift Specifications

Length 19 ft. – 3 in. Overall
Beam 5 ft. – 5 in.
Draft 3 ft. – 6 in. Dagger Board Down
Power Oars
Sail Area 126 sq. ft.
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3 thoughts on “Sea Swift

  1. Hello Mr. Devlin,
    I have a copy of your book and have been looking at the plan for Sea Swift on page 174 and on this site. I’m wondering if another sail plan could be used such as this: http://boatplans.cc/bateau/cat-ketch-17/ . Though the masts might be a bit longer for the same sail area it appears to be a simpler rig without the complexity and weight aloft of the gaff spars I notice in the photos.

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