As promised, here are the plans for a sit-on-top sailing dinghy, the Australian Sailfish. The Australian Sailfish is a scow version of the American Sailfish, designed in 1958 by Bruce Scott and Jack Carroll. Designed for home construction, 780 plans of the Australian Sailfish were sold. I've chunked images from the original plans into a PDF file that can be printed out. Unfortunately frame dimensions are given as given as linear dimensions along the plank edges which might make it more difficult to lay out the frame dimensions (instead of plotting X,Y coordinates). There is enough information in the PDF plans for a competent builder, with some head scratching, to complete a hull.
The rig is a stayed marconi with full battens. A carbon windsurfer mast would work fine if one wanted to go hi-tech.
Many thanks to Andrew Chapman for providing the Australian Sailfish plans.
Australian Sailfish No. 2 at the 2016 South Gippsland Y.C. Classic Dinghy Regatta.
A sailing image from the Australian SeaCraft magazine.
To view the PDF plans in another browser tab (or to print the PDF file), go to the top right corner of the PDF window and click on the pop-out icon (box with an arrow pointing to the right).
- Click here to see more photos of the Australian Sailfish
- Click here for a primer by Chris Clearly on how to race the Australian Sailfish