EXPLORER 17 (SAILSTAR)

EXPLORER 17 (SAILSTAR) photo EXPLORER 17 (SAILSTAR) drawing

Sailboat Specifications


Hull Type:
Centerboard Dinghy
Rigging Type:
Fractional Sloop
LOA:
17.00 ft / 5.18 m
LWL:
15.75 ft / 4.80 m
S.A. (reported):
155.00 ft2 / 14.40 m2
Beam:
6.33 ft / 1.93 m
Draft (max):
3.60 ft / 1.10 m
Draft (min):
0.60 ft / 0.18 m
Displacement:
650 lb / 295 kg
Ballast:
S.A./Disp.:
33.10
Bal./Disp.:
Disp./Len.:
74.27
Construction:
FG
Ballast Type:
First Built:
1960
Last Built:
# Built:
Builder:
Sailstar Boats (USA)
Designer:
Talman Bigelow/Robert Baker
Website:

Sailboat Calculations

S.A./Disp.:
33.10
Bal./Disp.:
Disp./Len.:
74.27
Comfort Ratio:
5.33

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Notes

The listed designer in the Sailstar literature, Talman Bigelow, had previously been an employee of the O'Day Corporation. Sailstar Boats was sued (unsuccessfully) by O'Day Corp. because of the EXPLORER's obvious similarity to O'Day's DAYSAILOR. The real designer seems to have been Robert Baker. (As part of the design brief, Baker was asked to come up with something similar to the O'Day DAYSAILER.) An 'economy' version of the EXPLORER, without the cuddy/cabin, was called the DEFENDER (1966). Also offered was a keel version of this same hull called the PIONEER (rare). Thanks to 'sunbird10201' for providing additional information on this boat.



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