Used Wayfarer Dinghy Price Guide

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About the Wayfarer Dinghy

The Wayfarer is a wooden or fibreglass hulled Bermuda rigged sailing dinghy, often used for short sailing trips as a 'day boat'. The boat is 15 foot 10 inches (4.82 m) long, and broad and deep enough for three adults to comfortably sail for several hours. Longer trips are undertaken by enthusiasts, notably Frank Dye who sailed W48 'Wanderer' from Scotland to Iceland. Wayfarers' size and stability have made them popular with sailing schools.

Not only a versatile cruising dinghy, Wayfarers are also raced with a Portsmouth yardstick of 1099. Although best suited to larger stretches of water and stronger winds, their stability and seaworthiness has led them to be used as family boats in a wide variety of locations.

Wayfarers can be identified by the W symbol on their sails.


From the original design by Ian Proctor in 1957, many subsequent versions of the Wayfarer have been produced:

Mark I Wood

This was the original wooden Wayfarer designed for construction by both amateur and licensed builders, with a hull and deck made from plywood. Frank Dye's famous W48 Wanderer was of course of this type, a testament to its robust construction. The boat can be seen at the National Maritime Museum Cornwall in Falmouth. Other boats of this model are still racing after 30 years, and new ones can still be purchased in 2004. The hull is of a 'three plank' construction, that is with two chines. This provides a good compromise between stability and ease of construction. Both forward and aft buoyancy compartments are fitted with large watertight hatches and this provides ample stowage space for cruising. The large floor space with flat floorboards and good clearance under thwart makes the Mark I a comfortable boat for two people to sleep in, when a boom-tent is erected for shelter. The mast is held in a tabernacle, which when rigged with a tackle on the forestay allows the mast to be lowered to pass beneath bridges. This feature was retained in subsequent models, as was the hull shape.

Mark I GRP

A Glass Reinforced Plastic version was introduced in 1965 and was similar in layout to the wooden boat. Over two thousand copies of this model were made and many are still in use through the world. In contrast to other GRP models, this version has a large hatch to the forward buoyancy compartment useful for stowage when cruising, and a forward bulkhead extending right up to the foredeck level. The Mark I has no side buoyancy, and consequently does not suffer from a tendency to invert when capsized that plagued later models. The Mark I was also available as a composite model with a GRP hull and bulkheads but plywood fore- and side-decks.


The Mark II was introduced in 1974 supposedly as an improvement. The front and rear buoyancy tanks were built into the hull before bonding on the deck. The forward buoyancy compartment has a gap above it and under the foredeck. This would have been useful for a spinnaker chute, but class regulations of the time did not allow that. The forward compartment had a small circular inspection compartment thus removing much of the useful dry stowage space. Side buoyancy compartments gave this model a tendency to invert, and those owned by sailing schools soon sported socks filled with polystyrene to provide a righting moment when capsized. Reduced clearance under the thwart made this boat uncomfortable to sleep in.

A version with a self draining cockpit, the Mark II SD, was introduced in 1986. This was especially suitable for boats kept on moorings. However the buoyancy sealed in the floor increases the inverting tendency, and when righted after a capsize the trapped water causes instability. To help overcome this drain tubes through the aft tank were later introduced.

Mark 1A

This GRP model was introduced in 1987 reintroducing the forward stowage space while retaining the structural improvements of the Mark II.

Wayfarer Plus S

First produced in 1991 the Wayfarer Plus S was made with a sandwich construction for the hull and chines. This produced a boat that could compete with the original wooden boats in stiffness and weight, while having the maintenance advantages of GRP. The forward tank has a full height bulkhead like the Mark I. The cruising version with a large hatch.

Wayfarer World

The Wayfarer World was introduced in 1997 and was designed as a collaboration between Ian Proctor and his son Keith. Made in GRP with no woodwork it has a removable aft storage tank, a self draining cockpit, and a spinnaker chute. The rudder stock is of aluminium alloy. This is the only version with an asymmetric spinnaker, although it can not be used in class races. It has proved successful in both racing and cruising, including a North sea crossing 1998.

Wayfarer World S Type

The Wayfarer World S Type is generally similar to the Wayfarer World but is made using the same foam sandwich construction as the Wayfarer Plus S.


The hull of a Wayfarer is of double chine form and boats are available constructed in Wood or GRP. The Wayfarer is a well-mannered, stable, family-friendly Centreboard dinghy with most versions capable of sleeping two adults aboard (under a boom tent) when cruising.

Wayfarer Dinghy Specifications, Facts & Figures

Crew 2
Length Overall15' 10"4827 mm
Beam6' 1"1855 mm
Draft (Centreboard Up)8"203 mm
Draft (Centreboard Down)3' 10"1169 mm
Hull weight (with fittings)372 lbs169 kg
Mainsail area95 ft28.83 m2
Jib area46 ft22.78 m2
Spinnaker area145 ft213.5 m2
Portsmouth 1099

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Wayfarer Dinghy Class Association

Benefits of membership of the United Kingdom Wayfarer Association:

  • A copy of the 3 times per year A4 Wayfarer News, which contains articles about Racing, Cruising and Training and many tips to help you increase your enjoyment of the Wayfarer.
  • Excellent value insurance from Firth Insurance and navigators and General tailored to the needs of Wayfarer owners.
  • The opportunity to participate in UKWA organised events around the country – racing, cruising and training.
  • Access to the Members Forum on the website.
  • The ability to buy branded merchandise at special prices – clothing, 50th Anniversary mugs and DVD’s.
  • Information on Boats for Sale and Wanted.
  • Wayfarer drawings
  • Measurement Certificates
  • Rental of boat tents.
  • Access to a library of Cruising Logs.
  • A friendly welcome to the UKWA Stand at the Dinghy Show.

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Where are Wayfarer Dinghies sailed?

This is a list of UK Sailing Clubs with an interest in the Wayfarer class (Information sourced and compiled from the Websites of individual Sailing Clubs and the Club list at the Class Association Website).

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Club Link Location
Aldeburgh Yacht ClubAldeburgh Yacht ClubSuffolk - Aldeburgh
Bala Sailing ClubBala Sailing ClubGwynedd - Bala
Baltic Wharf Sailing ClubBaltic Wharf Sailing ClubSomerset - Bristol
Bartley Sailing ClubBartley Sailing ClubWarwickshire - Birmingham
Bawdsey Haven Yacht Club  Suffolk - Woodbridge
Bewl Valley Sailing ClubBewl Valley Sailing ClubKent - Lamberhurst
Blithfield Sailing ClubBlithfield Sailing ClubStaffordshire - Abbots Bromley
Bosham Sailing ClubBosham Sailing ClubWest Sussex - Chichester
Bough Beech Sailing ClubBough Beech Sailing ClubKent - Nr Sevenoaks
Bowmoor Sailing ClubBowmoor Sailing ClubGloucestershire - Lechlade
Brading Haven Yacht ClubBrading Haven Yacht ClubIsle of Wight - St Helens
Brancaster Staithe Sailing ClubBrancaster Staithe Sailing ClubNorfolk - Kings Lynn
Brightlingsea Sailing ClubBrightlingsea Sailing ClubEssex - Brightlingsea
Buckenham Sailing ClubBuckenham Sailing ClubNorfolk - Claxton
Castle Cove Sailing ClubCastle Cove Sailing ClubDorset - Weymouth
Cawsand Bay Sailing ClubCawsand Bay Sailing ClubCornwall - Torpoint
Chew Valley Lake Sailing ClubChew Valley Lake Sailing ClubGloucestershire - Bristol
Chichester Yacht ClubChichester Yacht ClubWest Sussex - Birdham
Coldham Hall Sailing ClubColdham Hall Sailing ClubNorfolk - Coldham Hall
Cwm-yr-Eglwys Pembrokeshire - Nr Newport
Dabchicks Sailing ClubDabchicks Sailing ClubEssex - Colchester
Datchet Water Sailing ClubDatchet Water Sailing ClubBerkshire - Horton
Dee Sailing ClubDee Sailing ClubMerseyside - Wirral
Dell Quay Sailing ClubDell Quay Sailing ClubWest Sussex - Chichester
Draycote Water Sailing ClubDraycote Water Sailing ClubWarwickshire - Rugby
Fishers Green Sailing ClubFishers Green Sailing ClubEssex - Waltham Abbey
Glasson Sailing ClubGlasson Sailing ClubLancashire - Lancaster
Goring Thames Sailing ClubGoring Thames Sailing ClubSurrey - Goring on Thames
Grafham Water Sailing ClubGrafham Water Sailing ClubCambridgeshire - Huntingdon
Gravesend Sailing ClubGravesend Sailing ClubKent - Gravesend
Great Yarmouth and Gorleston Sailing ClubGreat Yarmouth and Gorleston Sailing ClubNorfolk - Gorleston on Sea
Hamble River Sailing ClubHamble River Sailing ClubHampshire - Southampton
Harlow Blackwater Sailing ClubHarlow Blackwater Sailing ClubEssex - Maldon
Haversham Sailing ClubHaversham Sailing ClubBuckinghamshire - Milton Keynes
Hayling Island Sailing ClubHayling Island Sailing ClubHampshire - Hayling Island
Helford River Sailing ClubHelford River Sailing ClubCornwall - Helston
Hertford County Yacht ClubHertford County Yacht ClubHertfordshire - Nr Ware
Hickling Broad Sailing ClubHickling Broad Sailing ClubNorfolk - Hickling
Hill Head Sailing ClubHill Head Sailing ClubHampshire - Fareham
Hollowell Sailing ClubHollowell Sailing ClubNorthamptonshire - Hollowell
Hoo Ness Yacht ClubHoo Ness Yacht ClubKent - Rochester
Hostellers Sailing ClubHostellers Sailing ClubEssex - Paglesham
Keyhaven Yacht ClubKeyhaven Yacht ClubHampshire - Keyhaven
Kinghorn Sailing ClubKinghorn Sailing ClubFife - Kinghorn
Lakeside Sailing ClubLakeside Sailing ClubCambridgeshire - Peterborough
Langstone Sailing ClubLangstone Sailing ClubWest Sussex - Havant
Lilliput Sailing ClubLilliput Sailing ClubDorset - Poole
Loch Lomond Sailing ClubLoch Lomond Sailing ClubDunbartonshire - Loch Lomond
Lochaber Yacht ClubLochaber Yacht ClubPerthshire - Fort William
Locks Sailing ClubLocks Sailing ClubHampshire - Portsmouth
Lymington Town Sailing ClubLymington Town Sailing ClubHampshire - Lymington
Medway Yacht ClubMedway Yacht ClubKent - Rochester
Mengeham Rythe Sailing ClubMengeham Rythe Sailing ClubHampshire - Hayling Island
Norfolk Broads Yacht ClubNorfolk Broads Yacht ClubNorfolk - Wroxham
Norfolk Broads Yacht ClubNorfolk Broads Yacht ClubNorfolk - Wroxham
North Devon Yacht ClubNorth Devon Yacht ClubDevon - Bideford
Notts County Sailing ClubNotts County Sailing ClubNottinghamshire - Nottingham
Orford Sailing ClubOrford Sailing ClubSuffolk - Woodbridge
Oxford Sailing ClubOxford Sailing ClubOxfordshire - Oxford
Pagham Yacht ClubPagham Yacht ClubWest Sussex - Pagham
Parkstone Yacht ClubParkstone Yacht ClubDorset - Poole
Paxton Lakes Sailing ClubPaxton Lakes Sailing ClubCambridgeshire - Peterborough
Plockton Small Boat Sailing Club Highland - Plockton
Port Edgar Yacht ClubPort Edgar Yacht ClubMidlothian - Edinburgh
Porthmadog Sailing ClubPorthmadog Sailing ClubGwynedd - Porthmadog
Portishead Yacht and Sailing ClubPortishead Yacht and Sailing ClubGloucestershire - Bristol
Queen Mary Sailing ClubQueen Mary Sailing ClubMiddlesex - Ashford
Roadford Lake Sailing ClubRoadford Lake Sailing ClubDevon - Broadwoodwidger
Rutland Sailing ClubRutland Sailing ClubLeicestershire - Oakham
Shoreham Sailing ClubShoreham Sailing ClubWest Sussex - Shoreham By Sea
Silver Wing Sailing ClubSilver Wing Sailing ClubMiddlesex - Staines
Snowflake Sailing ClubSnowflake Sailing ClubNorfolk - Horning
South Shields Sailing ClubSouth Shields Sailing ClubTyne and Wear - South Shields
South Windermere Sailing ClubSouth Windermere Sailing ClubCumbria - Newby Bridge
Southwold Sailing ClubSouthwold Sailing ClubSuffolk - Southwold
Starcross Yacht ClubStarcross Yacht ClubDevon - Exeter
Stone Sailing ClubStone Sailing ClubEssex - Southminster
Strathclyde Loch Sailing ClubStrathclyde Loch Sailing ClubLanarkshire - Motherwell
Stubbers Young Mariners Sailing ClubStubbers Young Mariners Sailing ClubEssex - Upminster
Swanage Sailing ClubSwanage Sailing ClubDorset - Swanage
Thornbury Sailing ClubThornbury Sailing ClubSouth Gloucestershire - Oldbury-on-Severn
Thorpe Bay Yacht ClubThorpe Bay Yacht ClubEssex - Thorpe Bay
Towy Boat Club (Clwb Cychod Y Tywi )Towy Boat Club (Clwb Cychod Y Tywi )Carmathenshire - Carmarthen
Tudor Sailing ClubTudor Sailing ClubHampshire - Portsmouth
Ullswater Yacht ClubUllswater Yacht ClubCumbria - Penrith
Upper Thames Sailing ClubUpper Thames Sailing ClubBuckinghamshire - Bourne End
Waldringfield Sailing ClubWaldringfield Sailing ClubSuffolk - Waldringfield
Warsash Sailing ClubWarsash Sailing ClubHampshire - Southampton
Weir Quay Sailing ClubWeir Quay Sailing ClubDevon - Bere Alston
West Oxfordshire Sailing ClubWest Oxfordshire Sailing ClubOxfordshire - Hardwick
Weymouth Sailing ClubWeymouth Sailing ClubDorset - Weymouth
Wilsonian Sailing ClubWilsonian Sailing ClubKent - Rochester
Wraysbury Lake Sailing ClubWraysbury Lake Sailing ClubMiddlesex - Staines
Yorkshire Dales Sailing ClubYorkshire Dales Sailing ClubYorkshire - Grassington