Crew: 2-3 man crew.
Dimensions: 4.3 meters long.
Sail Area: 10.7 square meters. Spinnaker area 9.9 square meters
Class: Restricted (hull shape remains the same from year to year)
Characteristics: Robust, safe and versatile dinghy
Difficulty Level: Beginner
One of the main objectives of the design of the Wanderer was to produce a robust, safe and versatile dinghy that could be used for day sailing and cruising as well as racing and also light enough to be handled ashore. The Wanderer can also be fitted with a small outboard motor if required. There is a full sailing programme throughout the year which can be found on the following website. www.wanderer.org.uk
Ullman sails produce both a racing and cruising design and specification for the wanderer dinghy. Both designs offer good performance however the race sails offer slightly more performance for those prepared to tweak. The cruising sails are a little more forgiving to trim and manufactured from a softer finish Dacron which has increased durability.
The Wanderer dinghy has evolved during the years of manufacture, one of the most significant early changes was the introduction of the MD modification. This was a modification to the distribution of buoyancy resulting in a reduction in the floating height of the boat after a capsize thus aiding recovery. The initial design brief was given to Ian Proctor by Margaret Dye who wanted a lighter dinghy than the Wayfarer that she had sailed with her husband Frank. Margaret and Frank Dye have a wealth of dinghy cruising experience, and their adventures have been captured in Margaret's book Dinghy Cruising – The Enjoyment of Wandering Afloat.
More recently Hartley Laminates took over the copyright and manufacturing license for the design. They secured the services of Phil Morrison to redesign the deck plug to modernise the appearance of the boat, allow the hull to self drain through transom flaps and to reduce the complexity of building the hull and thus production costs while retaining the same hull shape and rig.