You might want to look at either Gypsy or the Thomaston Galley.
Both are just shy of 16 ft. I don't know if they can be lengthened
by 18" to make 17 feet. The Gypsy has an off center dagger board
while the Galley has a lee board. The Gypsy looks very cool but is
noted for its low freeboard and carries about 500#. Some Gypsy
owners have also commented on how crowded the boat can get with more
than a couple of adults. The Galley has far more freeboard and seems
to have a capacity of about 700#. The galley seems to allow more
room for people and from little I have been able to see includes more
After posting an inquiry here I found out that the Thomaston
Galley is discussed and plans shown in Payson's "Go Build Your Own
Boat". I've already ordered a used copy thru Amazon. I believe the
Galley is not an instant boat (although from my research it doesn't
look that different or more difficult). The Gypsey is an instant
boat from 4 or 5 sheets of plywood. The Gypsy plans and a very full
construction discussion are in Payson's "Build the New Instant Boats".
Thanks to everyone here who answered my query, as expected I
tapped into a wealth of information.
--- In firstname.lastname@example.org, Lincoln Ross <lincolnr@r...> wrote:
> Get a copy of Boats with an Open Mind. One of the first essays is
> a small sailboat called, I think, Dart which has this feature. I
> recall Cartopper is a bit in this direction also.Neither of these
> anywhere near 17 feet, though. Bolger makes boats like this with a
> rudder to get the balance right. He says you can sail the Folding
> Schooner with just the mainsail! Anyway, if the board was too far
> forward you'd have weather helm, not lee helm.
> Thomaston Galley plans appear, along with building instructions, in
> of Payson's boatbuilding books. If you don't want to buy, I bet you
> could borrow a copy via interlibrary loan.
> > . R. Sloan" <jr_sloan@m...> wrote: --- In email@example.com,
> > Mi'ki <mike78612003@y...> wrote:
> >>> the front of mast centerboard to save space on the inside,
> >for a sailboat about 17 feet that has this feature
> >That's kinda scary--seems like that kind of structure would move
> >center of lateral resistance up forward of the center of effort
> >HUGE lee helm. Maybe what you're looking for is a space-saving
> >leeboard model??
> >Meanwhile, I'm trying to find plans for the Thomaston Galley that
> >Dynamite Payson is so sold on. Anybody have an old set, or one
> >bought but didn't use??
> >JR SLOAN