Sarastus is a Wayfarer class sailing dinghy built of marine plywood. She was built in the United Kingdom in 1987 for racing use. I bought her in 2014 and brought to Finland in a shipping container to explore the local waters with my family.
Her name Sarastus means literally “Dawn” but is also the Finnish name chosen for sailing ship Dawn Treader in Chronicles of Narnia which is a classic of British children’s literature. One of the motivations for the name was to remind of her British origin.
Sarastus has proven to be a dependable vessel on our trips in the Finnish lakes and archipelagoes. My family of five fits in the boat quite well, and there are many different sitting positions available.
One of the previous owners of the boat even shipped her to Canada for a sailing race. On the British Isles, Wayfarer is widely used for cruising, racing and teaching.
|Material||plywood (Brazilian mahogany)|
|LOA||4.85 m (16 ft)|
|Beam||1.83 m (1.9 ft)|
|Draft||0.20 m (8.0 in) centreboard and rudder raised
1.17 m (3 ft 10 in) otherwise
|Hull weight||169 kg (373 lb)|
|Mast height||6.8 m (22 ft)|
|Sail area||mainsail 8.8 m2
genoa 2.8 m2
spinnaker 13.5 m2
|Launching time||20-40 minutes|
|Crew||2-6 adults inland waters|
If you are interested in Wayfarers, you may like to an article in the Classic Boat magazine. Wayfarer is a versatile and reliable boat. Actually many consider it as one of the most successful sailing dinghy designs in the world.
The history of Sarastus as our boat is documented in the blog posts listed below. The posts marked with star are featured trips.