2007 North Americans, Aug. 18-19
Wayfarer Items for Sale
These items can be ordered from Michele Parish.
Email Request from contact page
Sew on Patch $5.00
Wayfarer book $35.00
New Books are in!
U.S. Wayfarer Association National Officers
|Name ||Home Location ||Telephone |
|Jim Heffernan (Commodore) ||Chapel Hill, NC ||(919)942-6862 |
|Linda Heffernan Secretary ||Chapel Hill, NC ||(919)942-6862 |
|Gary Hirsh Treasurer ||Saint Joseph, MI ||(269)-982-7030 |
|Dick Harrington (Cruising Secretary) ||Euclid,OH ||(216) 481-3183 |
|Linda Heffernan (Skimmer Editor) ||Chapel Hill, NC ||(919) 942-6862 |
|Marc Bennett (Racing Captain & WIC)||E. Lansing, MI ||(517) 898-6617|
| Nick Seraphinoff (Vice Commodore)||Detroit, MI||(586) 206-5900|
|Name ||Home Location ||Telephone |
|Mike Murto (SE Area) ||Leesburg, FL ||(352) 357-8453 |
|Thomas Graefe (NE Area) ||Norwell, MA ||(781) 659-2441 |
|Richard Johnson (SE Area) ||Charlotte, NC ||(704) 910-3855 |
|Tim Koontz (NW Area) ||Olympia, WA ||(360) 753-5776 |
| Mike Anspach (Michigan)||Beverly Hills, MI||(248) 877-6242|
|Robin Moseley ||Elgin, IL ||(630) 239-7000 |
The Wayfarer sailing dingy was first produced in 1957 as a wooden boat. Since then the Wayfarer has gone through numerous versions in fiberglass. The hull shape and sail plan have been tightly controlled to keep all of the versions of the Wayfarer competitive. The pages in this web site will help you understand the passion our members have for the Wayfarer; whether they use their boat for racing or cruising.
When Englishman Ian Proctor initially set about drafting the lines of the Wayfarer in 1957, his objectives were threefold. First, he wanted a boat that performed well enough to be suitable for competitive class racing. Secondly, the boat needed to be roomy and stable to make it an attractive family boat. Lastly, it was to be endowed with features such as large stowage compartments and other cockpit amenities, which would enhance its utility as a camping/cruising boat. All of this was with the view that the dinghy would be sailed for the most part in the rough, turbulent, coastal waters of the British Isles. Ian Proctor succeeded with remarkable genius in achieving all three of his goals.
A Capable Boat that Behaves Well Under a Variety of Conditions. With a 6-foot beam and generous freeboard the Wayfarer feels and acts much larger than a typical 16-foot present day sailboat. When it comes to performance it is lively and will come up on a fast plane when conditions are right. The combination of the forward and aft watertight compartments provides positive buoyancy as well as loads of stowage space--enough to hold clothing, camping gear and food for a two to three week cruise. The two aft side seat benches are easily lifted out (by undoing a couple of wing nuts) and can be placed cross-ways upon the forward seats. This makes a roomy aft cockpit for sleeping (on the floor) and more space for preparing meals on board if anchored away from shore, or in the event of rainy weather. In this configuration the aft seats become a temporary shelf for getting bulky items out of the way. On day excursions the Wayfarer will hold four adults safely and comfortably. For long distance cruising it is a superb boat for the single handed sailor, as well as for two people. As always, whether day sailing or cruising, the helmsman and crew need to possess the skills and experience necessary for the degree of difficulty that may be encountered. Gain experience and skill gradually through progressively more difficult steps.