Beta Marine

Beta Marine

Sailboat Specifications

Hull Type: Centerboard Dinghy
Rigging Type: Fractional Sloop
LOA: 14.58 ft / 4.44 m
S.A. (reported): 125.00 ft² / 11.61 m²
Beam: 5.25 ft / 1.60 m
Displacement: 340.00 lb / 154 kg
Max Draft: 3.83 ft / 1.17 m
Min Draft: 0.33 ft / 0.10 m
Construction: FG
First Built: 1965
Builder: Newport Boats/New Design Sailboats (USA)
Designer: Pyle/Moorman/Sindle

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Sailboat Calculations

S.A. / Displ.: 41.10
Capsize Screening Formula: 3.01

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Designers: Carter Pyle
Harry R. Sindle
Builders: Lockley Newport Boats (USA)
Related Sailboats: SURPRISE 15
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The SKIPJACK was used as a trainer at both the Coastguard and Naval Academies for a number of years.
Despite some small differences in the rig, it seems almost the same as the SURPRISE 15.
New Design sailboats, located at Benbrook Texas, bought the rights to the boat some time after 1970 and built several hundred. They also offered a cat rigged version called the EASY RIDER. Thanks to Chuck Atkinson for additional information.