Used Wayfarer Dinghy Price Guide
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Wayfarer Dinghy Used Boat Prices by Year Built
Wayfarer Dinghy Used Boat Prices by Sail Number
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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.
Mark II GRP
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.
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.
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
|Length Overall||15' 10"||4827 mm|
|Beam||6' 1"||1855 mm|
|Draft (Centreboard Up)||8"||203 mm|
|Draft (Centreboard Down)||3' 10"||1169 mm|
|Hull weight (with fittings)||372 lbs||169 kg|
|Mainsail area||95 ft2||8.83 m2|
|Jib area||46 ft2||2.78 m2|
|Spinnaker area||145 ft2||13.5 m2|
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).
This table can be sorted by clicking the column headers.
|Aldeburgh Yacht Club||Suffolk - Aldeburgh|
|Bala Sailing Club||Gwynedd - Bala|
|Baltic Wharf Sailing Club||Somerset - Bristol|
|Bartley Sailing Club||Warwickshire - Birmingham|
|Bawdsey Haven Yacht Club || ||Suffolk - Woodbridge|
|Bewl Valley Sailing Club||Kent - Lamberhurst|
|Blithfield Sailing Club||Staffordshire - Abbots Bromley|
|Bosham Sailing Club||West Sussex - Chichester|
|Bough Beech Sailing Club||Kent - Nr Sevenoaks|
|Bowmoor Sailing Club||Gloucestershire - Lechlade|
|Brading Haven Yacht Club||Isle of Wight - St Helens|
|Brancaster Staithe Sailing Club||Norfolk - Kings Lynn|
|Brightlingsea Sailing Club||Essex - Brightlingsea|
|Buckenham Sailing Club||Norfolk - Claxton|
|Castle Cove Sailing Club||Dorset - Weymouth|
|Cawsand Bay Sailing Club||Cornwall - Torpoint|
|Chew Valley Lake Sailing Club||Gloucestershire - Bristol|
|Chichester Yacht Club||West Sussex - Birdham|
|Coldham Hall Sailing Club||Norfolk - Coldham Hall|
|Cwm-yr-Eglwys|| ||Pembrokeshire - Nr Newport |
|Dabchicks Sailing Club||Essex - Colchester|
|Datchet Water Sailing Club||Berkshire - Horton|
|Dee Sailing Club||Merseyside - Wirral|
|Dell Quay Sailing Club||West Sussex - Chichester|
|Draycote Water Sailing Club||Warwickshire - Rugby|
|Fishers Green Sailing Club||Essex - Waltham Abbey|
|Glasson Sailing Club||Lancashire - Lancaster|
|Goring Thames Sailing Club||Surrey - Goring on Thames|
|Grafham Water Sailing Club||Cambridgeshire - Huntingdon|
|Gravesend Sailing Club||Kent - Gravesend|
|Great Yarmouth and Gorleston Sailing Club||Norfolk - Gorleston on Sea|
|Hamble River Sailing Club||Hampshire - Southampton|
|Harlow Blackwater Sailing Club||Essex - Maldon|
|Haversham Sailing Club||Buckinghamshire - Milton Keynes|
|Hayling Island Sailing Club||Hampshire - Hayling Island|
|Helford River Sailing Club||Cornwall - Helston |
|Hertford County Yacht Club||Hertfordshire - Nr Ware|
|Hickling Broad Sailing Club||Norfolk - Hickling|
|Hill Head Sailing Club||Hampshire - Fareham|
|Hollowell Sailing Club||Northamptonshire - Hollowell|
|Hoo Ness Yacht Club||Kent - Rochester|
|Hostellers Sailing Club||Essex - Paglesham|
|Keyhaven Yacht Club||Hampshire - Keyhaven|
|Kinghorn Sailing Club||Fife - Kinghorn|
|Lakeside Sailing Club||Cambridgeshire - Peterborough|
|Langstone Sailing Club||West Sussex - Havant|
|Lilliput Sailing Club||Dorset - Poole|
|Loch Lomond Sailing Club||Dunbartonshire - Loch Lomond|
|Lochaber Yacht Club||Perthshire - Fort William|
|Locks Sailing Club||Hampshire - Portsmouth|
|Lymington Town Sailing Club||Hampshire - Lymington|
|Medway Yacht Club||Kent - Rochester|
|Mengeham Rythe Sailing Club||Hampshire - Hayling Island|
|Norfolk Broads Yacht Club||Norfolk - Wroxham|
|Norfolk Broads Yacht Club||Norfolk - Wroxham|
|North Devon Yacht Club||Devon - Bideford|
|Notts County Sailing Club||Nottinghamshire - Nottingham|
|Orford Sailing Club||Suffolk - Woodbridge|
|Oxford Sailing Club||Oxfordshire - Oxford|
|Pagham Yacht Club||West Sussex - Pagham|
|Parkstone Yacht Club||Dorset - Poole|
|Paxton Lakes Sailing Club||Cambridgeshire - Peterborough|
|Plockton Small Boat Sailing Club|| ||Highland - Plockton|
|Port Edgar Yacht Club||Midlothian - Edinburgh|
|Porthmadog Sailing Club||Gwynedd - Porthmadog|
|Portishead Yacht and Sailing Club||Gloucestershire - Bristol|
|Queen Mary Sailing Club||Middlesex - Ashford|
|Roadford Lake Sailing Club||Devon - Broadwoodwidger|
|Rutland Sailing Club||Leicestershire - Oakham|
|Shoreham Sailing Club||West Sussex - Shoreham By Sea|
|Silver Wing Sailing Club||Middlesex - Staines|
|Snowflake Sailing Club||Norfolk - Horning|
|South Shields Sailing Club||Tyne and Wear - South Shields|
|South Windermere Sailing Club||Cumbria - Newby Bridge|
|Southwold Sailing Club||Suffolk - Southwold|
|Starcross Yacht Club||Devon - Exeter|
|Stone Sailing Club||Essex - Southminster|
|Strathclyde Loch Sailing Club||Lanarkshire - Motherwell|
|Stubbers Young Mariners Sailing Club||Essex - Upminster|
|Swanage Sailing Club||Dorset - Swanage|
|Thornbury Sailing Club||South Gloucestershire - Oldbury-on-Severn|
|Thorpe Bay Yacht Club||Essex - Thorpe Bay|
|Towy Boat Club (Clwb Cychod Y Tywi )||Carmathenshire - Carmarthen |
|Tudor Sailing Club||Hampshire - Portsmouth|
|Ullswater Yacht Club||Cumbria - Penrith|
|Upper Thames Sailing Club||Buckinghamshire - Bourne End|
|Waldringfield Sailing Club||Suffolk - Waldringfield|
|Warsash Sailing Club||Hampshire - Southampton|
|Weir Quay Sailing Club||Devon - Bere Alston|
|West Oxfordshire Sailing Club||Oxfordshire - Hardwick|
|Weymouth Sailing Club||Dorset - Weymouth|
|Wilsonian Sailing Club||Kent - Rochester|
|Wraysbury Lake Sailing Club||Middlesex - Staines|
|Yorkshire Dales Sailing Club||Yorkshire - Grassington|