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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
ABBOTT 22 22.00' / 6.71m 1977
BOSUN 14 14.00' / 4.27m 1963
ECLIPSE MKII (PROCTOR) 22.01' / 6.71m 1972
FIREBIRD (PROCTOR) 11.32' / 3.45m 1963
GRAMPIAN 17 16.50' / 5.03m 1969
GULL DINGHY 11.00' / 3.35m 1956
KESTREL 15.58' / 4.75m 1963
MINISAIL 12.99' / 3.96m 1959
NIMROD 18 (WESTERLY) 17.75' / 5.41m 1968
OD 11 11.00' / 3.35m 1972
OSPREY 17.50' / 5.33m 1952
PEREGRINE (PROCTOR) 18.50' / 5.64m 1961
PIRATE 17 (PROCTOR) 17.25' / 5.26m 1972
PRELUDE 19 19.25' / 5.87m 1971
REEDLING KEEL BOAT 19.00' / 5.79m 1962
SEAGULL 18 18.50' / 5.64m 1956
SEAMEW 22 22.00' / 6.71m 1963
SIGNET (PROCTOR) 12.00' / 3.66m 1961
TEMPEST (INTERNATIONAL) 22.00' / 6.71m 1965
TOPPER 11.17' / 3.40m 1965
TYPHOON DINGHY (PROCTOR) 14.50' / 4.42m 1969
WANDERER (DINGHY) 14.00' / 4.27m 1965
WAYFARER 15.83' / 4.82m 1957
WILDFIRE 16.75' / 5.11m 1968
ZENITH DINGHY 14.50' / 4.42m 1959
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