Merisirri is a SCAMP class sailing dinghy, currently being built. When finished, she will become part of our “fleet” of two different boats.
Scamp is an innovative very stable sailboat designed by New Zealander John Welsford. Since 2011, the design has quickly gained popularity around the world. A modified Scamp sailed for several weeks in Tierra del Fuego, where conditions can be extreme. The cuddy cabin protects from spray and wind, that is a welcome feature in cool weather. According to American sources, typical sailing speeds are around 4 knots, but speeds up to 7 knots can be reached under ideal conditions. In light winds, the boat runs remarkably well. Scamp is remarkably maneuverable and keeps her speed through tacks. She can be launched by an experienced owner in 10 minutes, primarily thanks to the balanced lug rig. Although the cockpit has space for even four persons to day sail, a reasonable crew size is usually from one to three, depending on the conditions.
|Revision||Mk I (with some features from Mk II)|
|Build year||(being built)|
|LOA||3.63 m (11 ft 11 inches)|
|Beam||1.63 m (5 ft 4 in)|
|Draft||0.18 m (7 in) centerboard and rudder up
0.86 m (34 in) otherwise
|Hull weight||190 kg (420 lbs)|
|Ballast||77 litres of water|
|Mast height||5.0 m (16 ft 5 in)|
|Sail area||9.3 m² (100 sq ft)|
|Launching time||10 minutes (unconfirmed)|
|Crew||1-4 adults in inland waters|
|Load capacity||410 kg in sheltered waters, 270 kg elsewhere|
As a sailing dinghy Scamp is notably stable and buoyant. Her simple lug rig makes it possible to launch the boat in ten minutes, and recovery shouldn’t take any longer. The boat can be stored in a small garage and isn’t too heavy for a small family car to tow.
The boat is designed for home builders primarily. Her building process is well-described on the manual and the plans. Starting from year 2011 over 500 Scamp plans have been sold world-wide. Europeans can order a kit from United Kingdom, at least, unless they want to build from the plans.
To Tierra del Fuego in a Sailing Dinghy?
SCAMP Community Map (Google Maps)
The blog posts related to Merisirri are listed below.
|6 Jun 2017||A Boat Project|