Starcraft, a builder of canoes and small powerboats, actually obtained a patent for this unique looking tunnel hulled craft with twin aluminum rudders and centerboards. (It’s actually more of a catamaran when you look at the stern.) The company claimed to have sold more than 1000 boats in it’s first year. (1964?) and it appears to have sold well for a few years afterward. The SKYLARK II, introduced in 1971, appears to be somewhat narrower. But no mention of any sailboat model appears in any of the sales literature after 1975. The timing was obviously right since the company builds power boats under the Starcraft brand to this day. (2019)
Hull: Scow Twin Cbrd.
HURRICANE 5.9 is a 2 man high performance catamaran intended as an updated version of the TORNADO. Less than 8′ beam, makes it trailerable without disassembly. (Class rules allow 2 trapezes).
Main: 114 sq.ft.
Spinnaker: 250 sq.ft.
Main: 154 sq.ft.
Spinnaker: 280 sq.ft.
Based on the J SCOW of the the mid-1950’s. (Designed and built by John O. Johnson). Significantly updated by Melges.
Since 1999, all new M-16’s have been built using the MC SCOW hull and deck molds and now shares other rigging, such as a single rudder, with the MC SCOW. The main sheet traveller has been done away with and the mast no longer rotates.
Main: 108 sq.ft.
Jib: 39 sq.ft.
Updated version of the M-20 scow (1963).
Carbon spar and assym. on sprit.
The largest of the inland racing scows sailed in mid-western USA. Nominally a one-design class, today’s ‘A’ Class Scow is the result of a long evolutionary path with origins that can be traced to a prototype that appeared in 1896. (Designed and built by John O. Johnson, original founder of Johnson Boat Works, a major builder of scows for many years).
Main: 350 sq.ft.
Jib: 150 sq.ft.
Spinnaker: 1200 sq.ft.
Main: 228 sq.ft.
Jib: 95 sq.ft.
Spinnaker: 550 sq.ft.