Ian Proctor

1918 - 1992


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.

Sailboats Designed By Ian Proctor

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


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