Saturday, October 02, 2010

Lysander 17


When I was doing National Service in 1956 I built a PBK 15 canvas canoe; she was a decked kayak designed by Percy Blandord. This genius was a man of many talents, not least, writing books on a variety of subjects including: sailing, boating, boat building, woodworking, and blacksmithing - 123 titles in all! He claims he has sold 147,000 boat plans, more than any other designer in the world.

Perhaps his most well-known boat design is that of the bilge keel trailer sailer, the Lysander. He designed her in 1963 for construction by amateur boat builders who could build them with minimal resources. They were made from plywood panels laid on laths that were supported by frames. The 17’ foot boat had a shallow draught of only 2’ 3”. Some builders stretched their boats to 19’, and a few modified the coachroof by raising it to provide more headroom. The original sloop had a gunter mainsail and a jib, which meant that her spars could be contained within the length of the boat for safe trailing. Over time, builders experimented with different rigs, including gaff, and junk. Some boats were modified to become cutters by the addition of a bowsprit for deploying a ‘proper’ jib.

Plans for building a Lysander can be obtained from the Lysander Owners Association. (See link below)


L.O.A 17’ 0”
Draught 2’ 3”
Weight approx 800 lbs
Mainsail 90 sq ft Jib 33 sq ft


Lysander Owners Association

Sailboat Data Info Page for the Lysander

Lysander Ullswater Meet – YouTube Videos

Good Photos of a 19’ version with a lifting cabin top

Percy Blandford Appreciation Society

Article at Twin-Keeler

An Illustrated History of Small Boats by Percy Blandford

Percy Blandford Books


Fernando Costa said...

Hi Bill!

I talked three times about your excelent log in my blog!


1 - Bill's Log do cascudo William Serjeant - blog favorito

2 - "Tideway" - citando o Bill's Log

3 - "Kayak sailing trimaran" from Bill's Log

Good winds and thanks a lot for your dedication to all kinds of boats!

Fernando, from Cabo Frio, Brazil, South Atlantic

William Serjeant said...

Well, Fernando. Many thanks for all the publicity you have given to my Blog.

It is a pleasure for me when people such as yourself spend a few moments to express their appreciation.

Thank you again,