The Wayfarer Fleet
The Wayfarer was designed in 1957 by Ian Proctor for use as a teaching, racing and cruising dinghy. The design has been a success in all aspects of its multi-purpose use. The basic hull shape and overall weight, which made it such an extremely seaworthy boat, has been retained while the design of the interior has been modified to keep pace with user needs. Four adults can comfortably day sail, while only two are needed for racing.
The original Wayfarer was designed to be constructed in wood. With the introduction of GRP, the Wayfarer became easier to build and required less maintenance. All GRP boats have solid foam blocks fitted into the buoyancy tanks to prevent the boat from sinking even if the tanks are holed. This change and the internal configuration modifications have been carefully considered and scrutinized by the Wayfarer International Committee so as to preserve the one design principle and allow all Wayfarers to race together on even terms. It has also helped to maintain the boat’s second hand value. There are nearly 1000 Wayfarers in the United States and another 800 in Canada. More than 10,000 have been built worldwide.
Hartley Boats in the United Kingdom is the only builder of new Wayfarers at this time. Their website is www.hartleyboats.com, where information on the Mark IV version of the Wayfarer can be found. Used Wayfarers are listed on the US Wayfarer Association website at www.uswayfarer.org.
The USWA officers or regional representatives can provide advice, insight and answer any questions about the Wayfarer. Contact info and a schedule of events in North America can be found on the website at www.uswayfarer.org. The USWA maintains a registry of Wayfarers, a quarterly newsletter (The Skimmer) and also sponsors the annual US National championship regatta. The US and Canadian Associations share the North American championship regatta and alternate the location each year. The Associations also organize cruises to beautiful areas throughout North America such as coastal Maine, the Chesapeake, the Thousand Islands and Georgian Bay.