Beta Marine

Beta Marine

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
Displacement: 650.00 lb / 295 kg
Max Draft: 3.60 ft / 1.10 m
Min Draft: 0.60 ft / 0.18 m
Construction: FG
First Built: 1960
Builder: Sailstar Boats (USA)
Designer: Talman Bigelow/Robert Baker

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Sailboat Calculations

S.A. / Displ.: 33.10
Disp: / Len: 74.27
Comfort Ratio: 5.33
Capsize Screening Formula: 2.93
Hull Speed: 5.32 kn
Pounds/Inch Immersion: 356.23 pounds/inch

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Designers: Robert H. Baker
Builders: Sailstar Boat Co. (USA)
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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.