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Windsong 14

A Lugger With A Difference


The inspiration for this design came from an old boat, seen lying sad and derelict on the shores of the Golfe du Morbihan. Evidence from what was left of the spars indicated that the boat was single lug rigged with the unstayed mast stepped far forward.

On returning home, having taken her vital statistics and sketched the crucial aspect of her shape, I set about replicating the lines of this attractive boat. The original was 12ft in length with a beam of 5ft and the span of the transom being 4ft. My variant is drawn at 14ft.

Two mast positions provide for the standard rig combination of lug sloop, with a bowsprit rigged from the forward mast position, and single lug arrangement for single handed sailing or when higher winds are encountered. Additionally, the mainsail has two deep reefs.

Windsong has a fine entry with good buoyancy in the shoulders to prevent her burying her nose. Her wide waterline beam in the aft third gives her something to sit on when going down wind and a moderate skeg provides directional stability.

For added interest and inspired by the lug rigs of Nigel Irens’ Roxane and Romily , I have drawn a high aspect, fully battened version for those looking for a bit of extra fun and performance.

Suitable for epoxy lapstrake plywood or strip plank construction

A 12 foot version is also available

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