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Ian Proctor
1918-1992
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Ian Proctor was a prolific designer of both sailing dinghies and cruisers with more than one hundred designs to his credit.
Beginning in 1950, the National 12 was soon followed soon by the Merlin Rocket. Proctor's early designs were met with immediate success, winning many championships. Another notable boat was the WAYFARER (1958).

Among the most commercially successful of all his designs is the TOPPER, of which more than 46,000 have been produced to date. This was the first sailing dinghy to be produced from injection molded plastic.

Ian Proctor was also responsible for the design of several small cruisers. His first was the SEAGULL for Bell Woodworking, followed shortly by the SEAMEW. Later on there was the NIMROD, ECLIPSE, PIRATE, and PRELUDE.

In 1953 he designed the first all-metal tapered and extruded mast for sailing dinghies. Then in 1955 he established 'Ian Proctor Metal Masts Limited' as a commercial venture. Proctor Masts soon became the leading metal mast producers for all types of sailing craft. By 1960, 13 different countries were using Proctor masts in the Olympics and the 1987 America's Cup featured 12 boats using Proctor masts.
Some of his most popular designs are shown here.
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NAME/TYPE        LOA First Built
English / Metric
OSPREY 17.50' / 5.33m 1952
SEAGULL 18 18.50' / 5.64m 1956
GULL DINGHY 11.00' / 3.35m 1956
WAYFARER 15.83' / 4.82m 1957
ZENITH DINGHY 14.50' / 4.42m 1959
MINISAIL 12.99' / 3.96m 1959
PEREGRINE (PROCTOR) 18.50' / 5.64m 1961
SIGNET (PROCTOR) 12.00' / 3.66m 1961
REEDLING KEEL BOAT 19.00' / 5.79m 1962
SEAMEW 22 22.00' / 6.71m 1963
BOSUN 14 14.00' / 4.27m 1963
KESTREL 15.58' / 4.75m 1963
FIREBIRD (PROCTOR) 11.32' / 3.45m 1963
TEMPEST (INTERNATIONAL) 22.00' / 6.71m 1965
TOPPER 11.17' / 3.40m 1965
WANDERER (DINGHY) 14.00' / 4.27m 1965
NIMROD 18 (WESTERLY) 17.75' / 5.41m 1968
WILDFIRE 16.75' / 5.11m 1968
TYPHOON DINGHY (PROCTOR) 14.50' / 4.42m 1969
GRAMPIAN 17 16.50' / 5.03m 1969
PRELUDE 19 19.25' / 5.87m 1971
ECLIPSE MKII (PROCTOR) 22.01' / 6.71m 1972
PIRATE 17 (PROCTOR) 17.25' / 5.26m 1972
OD 11 11.00' / 3.35m 1972
ABBOTT 22 22.00' / 6.71m 1977



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