Sunday, May 17, 2015

Curlew 9 Sailing Dinghy

I can find very little information on the Net about this 9’ Clark Craft sailing dinghy. She can be built from two-and-a-half sheets of quarter inch plywood resulting in a boat weighing only 100 lbs. With a beam of four feet she should be quite stable and very suitable for single-handed sailing.

Photographs above have been ‘borrowed’ from a recent advert at Ebay. I was surprised she was not sold, and I have been looking for a repeat advert. So far she has not been re-advertised.

I like the Gunter rig which allows the spars and sails to be stowed in the boat. She looks jaunty and she has a bit of character.


Curlew 9


Brian said...

Selway Fisher Westray 9' is a super little sailing dinghy. There was one at Keyhaven and I really liked it. Two of the pictures show the Keyhaven boat at Newton. 3 sheets of 1/4"

William Serjeant said...

Thanks again Brian. You are very encouraging.

Yes, I like the Westray 9. However, at the moment I can't see myself building one - a shame, but there it is.


Ciaran said...

I built one of these PW Blandford designed Curlews in my teens in Ireland. I have very happy memories both of the build and of learning to sail in her. She had a bit of lee helm but at the time I did not understand what that was. I still have the plans and of course the photos. I see that Clarkcraft still offer the plans. happy days!

Jane said...

I had a Curlew - my first dinghy, which I loved and had many happy times sailing her on West Kirby Marine lake on the Wirral. Aged 11 she was so easy to rig and light to handle I could easily sail her single handed.

yachtsman68 said...

I have just purchased a curlew and have a couple of repairs to make. I'm pleased to see some pics on here, I have a couple of bits missing, so it's good to see what and where. I've just finished revarnishing the mast etc, and I'm awaiting delivery of my west's 101 mini pack to repair a hole.

William Serjeant said...

Hi Yachtsman68, She's a super little dinghy. I''m pleased this article has been of use to you.