Design #263

Sail area above includes main + genoa.
A novel feature was a galvanised tubular steel skeg which, in addition to the two mild-steel bilge plates, provided a third point of support for taking the ground.
Later, a modified design was offered, known as the Midshipman Weekender. This had a longer cabin and two full-length berths.
Image, specs and notes are from “A History of Hurley Marine” by Tim Sharman and Nick Vass, Copyright © Hurley Owners Association 2011 and 2017.

Gunter main with jib.

Gunter main with cutter rig.

Originally plans were sold for wood construction beginning in 1965. Over 100 were sold.
Charlie Ward’s company North Norfolk Boatbuilding began producing the boat in GRP in 1989.

LOA includes bowsprit.
LOD = 19.83 ft
Displacement above is with an inboard motor.
Displacement with outboard = 2,607 lbs

Kick-up centerboard and rudder.

A development class that originated in Germany around 1900. In addition to restrictions of size and materials there was also a cost limit.
Measurement limit: Lwl + beam + draft may not exceed 32 ft / 9.75 m
Displacement not less than 1830 kg / 4,035 lbs
Sail are not to exceed 550 sqft / 51.1 m²
See organization web site. Measurements shown above are only approximate or limits.

Commissioned by ‘Yachting World’ magazine and originally the YACHTING WORLD EXPLORER.
The intent was that the amateur builder could purchase the bare glass hull and complete the rest. By most accounts, it never caught on though how many were built is unknown (to us.)
One innovation is the not strictly gunter rig where the mainsail is raised independently of topmast.

The original STAR class boats of 1911 evolved from another smaller boat called the BUG, built in 1906. The the first batch of 22 were built in the winter of 1910-1911 by Isaac Smith at Port Washington NY.
Stars continued with the gaff rig until a short Marconi rig became an option in 1920.
Measurements are from the original Gardner plans dated Nov. 1910
Francis Sweisguth worked for the firm of William Gardner at this time.