This photo of Small was taken in April of 1999 in the Point Judith
salt pond during the builders & designers trials.
A review of Small was featured in the June, 2001 issue of Sailing Magazine.
Small is a glued lapstrake Dayboat designed by Antonio
Dias for Jenny Bennett, currently editor of Maritime
Life and Traditions, as part of Antonio's book, Designer
& Client, published by WoodenBoat.
This update of the classic British Dayboat is intended as a family
daysailor; as happy on a trailer as crossing a lake or exploring
a coastal harbor.
"The air is cold and heavy here in April, so a 15 knot breeze has more weight in
it than warm summer air at the same velocity. We found Small to be easy to rig and a
delight to sail. Helm balance was 'one finger' and the boat was easy to keep on her
feet. As the breeze picked up closer to 20 knots we dropped the jib and sailed under
full main. Either way she tacked well and balanced easily. At one point we sailed
off a shoal beach into 20-knot breeze in a foot of water and were able to tack out
making good progress to windward with just a sliver of board down and the rudder
kicked up. If caught in a strong gust, she will bury the rail but gives no sense of
wanting to go over. Easing the sheet brings her back up with the bucket full of
water she swallowed the only penalty for the moments inattention!"
- Antonio Dias
[Show metric measurements]
|| 13' 9"
|| 5' 11"
| Draft (board up):
| Draft (board down):
| Displacement: *
|Pounds per 1" immersion:
||95.5 sq. ft.
|* Displacement is the total weight
required to sink the boat to its designed waterline. This includes
the weight of crew and stores.