Design Challenge III

Submissions closed, judging is underway.


A Fast Expedition Sailboat

Inspired in part by the worldwide popularity of raid-type events—multi-day racing and cruising expeditions sailed in small boats—we challenge you to design a new boat within the following parameters:

24 foot trailerable trimaranPhoto courtesy of Veleria S. Giorgio.

The 24′ Kurt Hughes–designed trailerable trimaran MUFFOLO built by Luciano Romano and operated by Silentbay Charters in Sestri Levante, Italy.

  • Must be a new design produced after September 1, 2010.
  • Fast, seaworthy, and simple.
  • Must have spartan overnight accommodations for a minimum of two. These accommodations must include a cabin, cuddy, or boom tent; a port-a-potti; and a limited galley that includes a stove and water and food storage.
  • Must be trailerable for affordable over-the-road transportation and storage. Maximum LOA must not exceed 40′; maximum over-the-road beam (with trailer) must not exceed 8′6″— although the rigged sailing beam may be greater. We’ll look favorably upon designs that are easily launched, rigged and retrieved without outside assistance. Water ballast and adjustable keels are permitted.
  • Maximum trailerable weight must not exceed 3,500 lbs.
  • The boat must have positive flotation, watertight storage for gear, and mechanical or manual auxiliary propulsion.
  • And, finally, the boat must have good seakeeping attributes with the ability to sail to windward in a gale (34–47 knots).
Bay Raider 20

Swallow Boat’s Bay Raider 20, a water-ballasted yawl. For more information, see

Submissions must be the designer’s original, previously unpublished work, and include lines, profiles, sections, table of offsets, an accurate weight study, and cost calculations. All designs will remain the property of the designers, although WoodenBoat Publications requests the right to publish drawings of the winning boats.

Submissions should be postmarked no later than April 29, 2011. Please send hardcopy only. Include your e-mail address if you would like to receive notification of receipt.

We will award $1,000 prizes to each of our first-place designs in wood, composites, and metal.

Design Challenge III
WoodenBoat magazine
P.O. Box 78,
Brooklin, ME 04616 USA