Dick Gibbs

1929 - 2009


American boat builder and designer best known for his partnership with Rod Macalpine-Downie. The Gibbs Boat Company was located near Toledo Ohio. (destroyed by fire 1n 1961 and then re-established in La Salle Michigan.) Besides a number of other boats, Gibbs was building a number of racing catamarans and it was probably at this time that the partnership began. Gibbs Boat Co. was purchased by MFG sometime around 1972 and Gibbs became the head of the SailMFG division. Gibbs also had his own sail loft where the sails for a number of the MFG models were made. After SailMFG was closed and sold in about 1979, Gibbs and Macalpine-Downie developed a number of boats for Chrysler Marine. The most successful of these was the BUCCANEER 18. The 2 worked together until MacAlpine-Downies untimely death in 1986.

Sailboats Designed By Dick Gibbs

Model LOA First Built
BANDIT 15 15.25 ft / 4.65 m 1972
BANDIT 17 17.00 ft / 5.18 m 1972
BARRACUDA 13 13.00 ft / 3.96 m 1964
BUCCANEER 18 18.00 ft / 5.49 m 1968
COPPERHEAD 14 13.75 ft / 4.19 m 1970
DAGGER 14 (CHRYSLER) 14.50 ft / 4.42 m 1976
DINGO 15 15.00 ft / 4.57 m 1963
GLOUCESTER 15 15.00 ft / 4.57 m 1987
GLOUCESTER 18 18.00 ft / 5.49 m 1985
MAN-O-WAR 15 (CHRYSLER) 15.00 ft / 4.57 m 1964
MUSKETEER 17 16.50 ft / 5.03 m 1973
MUTINEER 15 15.00 ft / 4.57 m 1972
PHOENIX 18 18.00 ft / 5.49 m 1964
PIRATEER 13 (CHRYSLER) 13.00 ft / 3.96 m 1974
SHARK CATAMARAN 20.00 ft / 6.10 m 1963
SIDEWINDER 16 15.50 ft / 4.72 m 1969
STARWIND 15 15.00 ft / 4.57 m 1984
STARWIND 18 18.00 ft / 5.49 m 1982
UPSTART 16 16.50 ft / 5.03 m 1967
WHIP 17 17.00 ft / 5.18 m 1974


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