Many designs go through several stages before they finally turn into a boat. Arctic Tern 23 is one of those designs. The latest and final version is a logical extension of the Winter Wren. The lines are similar but the Arctic Tern’s are finer in both the entrance and exit. The sheer is strong but not overstated, with reasonable freeboard for the sea conditions she is likely to encounter. The cockpit is self-bailing and has sea lockers and lazarette for gear storage. A large bridge deck can accommodate either a small inboard auxiliary or a storage locker. Its amazing how much gear accumulates on a boat this size and the more stowage the better.
Down below there is a hanging locker and galley to starboard, settee (quarter berth) to port with full sitting headroom. Forward is a 76″ long double berth. The outline of the cabin allows seating both on the settee and double berth, and easy access to the galley. Double portlights port and starboard provide ventilation and good lighting below.
The Bermuda sloop rig offers an all inboard rig of 262 sq. ft. The rig has double reefs to reduce the generous sail plan in heavy weather. Arctic Tern is truly in the cruising size range and will make good passages from port to port in a variety of weather. The long keel and balanced helm make her a single-handers dream whether sailing alone or with crew.
The Arctic Tern is available as study or full construction plans.
Arctic Tern Specifications
|Length||22 ft. – 8 in.|
|Beam||7 ft. – 6 in.|
|Draft||3 ft. – 6 in. fixed keel|
|Power||Sail, Inboard diesel 10hp or outboard 9.9hp|
|Sail Area||262 sq.ft. Bermuda sloop|
|Max Load||1500 lbs|