Sailing Canoe

Olympia is an utterly unique high performance sailing canoe, designed to be easily car-topped, easy to carry, inexpensive, easy to build, and - most of all - extraordinarily fast.

 Olympia was built to the archaic 1935 ACA "16-30" racing rule, which sets dimensions at 16 feet long, with
a whopping 93 square feet of sail area - all on a hull only 30 inches wide! And, uniquely, Olympia utilizes skin-on-frame construction, so her hull, at just 65lbs, is half the weight of other boats in her class.

Olympia's hull is based on a larger 1980's hard chine International Canoe hull. Construction is of Meranti marine ply frames, with Western Red Cedar stringers, and she's skinned with 8oz polyester coated with oil based paint. Masts are Sitka Spruce (main) and Cedar & Spruce (mizzen/jib). Boom is Douglas Fir. The paint scheme is 17th century Dutch warship.

Note that Olympia is not suitable as a sailboat for most people - she will be difficult to sail, and will require good dinghy handling skills to even get going. But, if you've got the chops, she's an easy to build boat that will easily outperform 95% of the dinghy fleet - while costing many thousands of dollars less.

Here are some preliminary pics of the hull. More pics to come as sail testing progresses. After much testing - and assuming she doesn't just break in half - I will be making plans and frame kits available for other builders.

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