The info about the Explorer contains an error, the Explorer was designed (as were many of of the small SailStar models) by Robert Baker. His other designs include the Menemsha 24/Katama 25, O'Day Widgeon, O'DAY Sprite/Super Sprite, and the Puddle Duck Dinghy.
Well, if Uffa Fox and Robert Baker were still alive, they would be VERY surprized at that! Uffa Fax would be scratching his head trying to figure out how he could have designed the EXPLORER and not remember it, and Robert Baker would be scratching his head wondering why Mr. Fox was being credited with designing a boat that he, Robert Baker, had designed! Yes, O'DAY did unsuccessfully sue Sailstar over the design of the Explorer, and YES the EXPLORER does resemble the DS..... but they were NOT both designed by Uffa Fox!! The Day Sailer was designed by Mr. Fox, well...actually just the hull and rig, George O'Day added the cuddy against Mr. Fox's wishes. The Explorer was in fact designed by Robert H. Baker, as was the Tallstar, the Little Bear, and the Orion (other Sailstar boats). I don't know how to prove that Robert H. Baker designed the EXPLORER, unfortunately I don't have a copy of the plans, but every reference that I've seen (well, except this website) identifies Baker as the designer. I have a book, "THE SAILBOAT CLASSES OF NORTH AMERICA" .auther: Fessenden S. Blanchard, and it says,"EXPLORER The 17-foot centerboard sloop Explorer was designed by Robert Baker". I have also e-mailed Baker Boat Works (run by Mr. Bakers relatives) to ask for clarification, I will let you now what I hear from them.Oh, and I have a copy of that lawsuit, it specifically mentions that Sailstar never claimed that Uffa Fox designed the Explorer. Which is true, since the boat was designed for Sailstar by Robert H. Baker.I'll send info on the Menemsha / Katama designs as soon as I can scan the drawings. Or you could actually get info on them direct from Baker Boat Works, they still sell the plans.www.by-the-sea.com/bakerboatworks
You know that I was hoping that the lawsuit DID reveal that Robert H. Baker was the designer........ but, no.. it doesn't mention that. Strange, because to me that would have been a great defense for SAILSTAR to present! I heard from Sarah Baker this morning, she is looking into the history of the design and will get back to me.I'm sure that the DS was the inspiration for the Explorer, as well as the Annapolis Discoverer, but the Explorer's design matches the style of R.H. Baker's other designs (Tallstar, Orion, Little Bear, Voyager, and the Widgeon and Sprite) much more that Uffa Fox's style.We'll see what I find out from the Bakers.