Friday, September 25, 2015

Matilda 20 Trailer Sailer

I couldn’t resist taking photos of ‘No Worries’, a wrecked Matilda 20 trailer sailer. If the owner didn’t have any worries before she got into this state, it’s pretty clear he’s gone past worrying!

Seriously, Matilda 20s have been a success story, especially in Australia and Canada. They were designed by Robert Tucker who also drew the lines of similar small boats for amateur construction; as such they were made from plywood and they were hard-chined. Some of them were built in large numbers; for example, the Silhouette, the Caprice and the Debutante. Subsequently, later models were re-designed for professional production in GRP which lends itself better to round bilge construction; hence, boats were modified, and different manufacturers under licence added their own touches.


Length OA
19' 6"
Length WL
16' 4"
7' 10"
Draft - Keel Up
Draft - Keel Down
4' 2"
Air Draft
24' 0"
Sail Area
195 sq ft
1,550 lbs
300 lbs


Matilda Owners Association

Matilda 20 - Details supplied by

Matilda 20 – Sold, but good photos

Matilda 20 Sailing Yacht – Sold, but good photos

Mullholland’s Matilda – Blog

Sailing Winded – A Matilda 20 Blog

Matilda Centerboard Corner

Robert Tucker

Silhouette, a Robert Tucker Small Sailing Cruiser

Caprice, a Robert Tucker Bilge Keel Yacht

Molly, a Debutante Pocket Cruiser

1 comment:

Paul Mullings said...

I saw this while I was home, a sad site but the name made me smile too!