Winner of WoodenBoat Magazine's Third Design Challenge in 2011, the DC-3 is a serious small cruiser for extended passages or expeditions with two crew. It features robust Constant Camber construction, a swing-wing folding system for trailering, and split-cabin accommodations. Economical epoxy-wood construction and simple sloop rigging will keep costs down, and detailed plans brings the project within reach for amateurs. A centerboard and kick-up rudder allow this boat to be beached while the generous stability of the trimaran configuration provides safety for offshore sailing. Pictures taken by John Marples.


Length Overall 27'0″
Waterline Length 25′8″
Beam Overall 17′3″
Beam of Main Hull 4′6″
Draft, Hull Only 1′6″
Draft, Board Down 4′7″
Displacement, Full Load 3000 lbs
Displacement, Dry 2400 lbs
Payload 600 lbs.
Sail Area, 100% fΔ 407 sq ft
Sail Area, Max 376 sq ft
Mast Length 32′0″
Bridge Clearance 37′
Engine Power 6-hp OB
Fuel Tankage 3.5 gal
Water Tankage N/A
Speed under Power 6 knots
Number of Crew 2 to 3
Berths, Min/Max 1-2
Headroom in Cabin 5′3″
Design Fee to Build One Boat $1000

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