Sail and Rowing Boats

Leif 7

The Leif 7’ is a handy little tender. Many large-boat owners with moored or anchored-out vessels enjoy the Leif’s spunky agility; whether its a jaunty trip around the marina or shoreline gunkholing, this little dingy will get you where you want to go. The interior is entirely open—no daggarboard or trunk. Wonderful sprawling room for one or two people is accomplished by utilizing an exterior keel for good windward ability. Two-station oarlock sockets allow for rowing flexibility. With flotation cushions for seats, a varnished Leif floats you along in nut-shell quality. Our customers have reported very good sailing ability in a chop as well as a light breeze.

Length: 7'-1"


Weight: 50 lbs.

Sail Area: 35 sq. ft.

Leif 8 and 10

The Leif 8’ and 10’ are very similar to the Leif 7’–the biggest change being built-in seats. Although either boat will sail faster with one person, the 8’ has room for two people. The 10’ will hold three with an occasional fourth. As an option, the Leif 10’ is also available (no extra cost) with a daggarboard and trunk rather than the full-length keel. Leif owners often cartop to ponds or lakes, leave the car and sail away.


(Leif 10 shown)


   Leif  8               Leif 10

  _________         ___________

Length: 8'-0"               10'-0"

Beam: 4'-2"                  4'-8"

Weight: 65 lbs.            90 lbs.

Sail Area: 35 sq. ft.      50 sq. ft.

Sea Shell 8 and 10This is a fast, agile and stable vlet style pram. Of all of our boats, this is the design that demonstrates the heritage of the Dutch vlets and the Norwegian holmsbuprams, and has greatly influenced subsequent Shell Boat designs. The traditional vlet shape makes the Sea Shell an ideal tender—she tows extremely well. The sailing rig is very easy to set up and use. Its folding mast enables the entire rig to be stowed in the boat and set up in two minutes, even while out on the water (same rig as the Leif series). Although seldom necessary, a small outboard can be mounted on the transom. These boats are very agile and easily rowed. (Sea Shell 10 shown)Sea Shell 8             Sea Shell 10_____________           _____________Length: 7'-10""               10'-0"Beam: 4'-2"                    5'-3"Weight: 75 lbs.              100 lbs.Sail Area: 35 sq. ft.       50 sq. ft.


A boat to take you to all the shallow water places that most sailors never see up close (and to some deep ones too). It is easily trailered or car topped and can even be launched from many places without a ramp. Designed to be comfortably paddled or rowed and it can be sailed in less than a foot of water. Twin ultra shallow keels protect the bottom and provide lateral resistance for sailing to windward. The modest sailing rig weighs only nine pounds: the mast can be left standing with sail wrapped, or broken down and stowed in the boat or your car.

Length  12'-0"

Beam     4'-3"

Weight    95 lbs

Sail area  35 sq. ft.


The Swifty 12 is our most popular boat, very fine for sailing, also great for rowing and motoring. Docile and easily handled, the Swifty will plane on a reach in a good breeze - while you fly, you’re dry! It has plenty of room for three or four people, but will perform best with one or two.

This design incorporates sealed flotation chambers under the front deck and all seats. The hull is constructed on a simple building jig and can be planked in one day.

The single-sailed cat rig is leg o’ mutton style using a curved sprit boom. Some owners have modified to a sloop by adding a jib. The folding 17’ mast enables quick set-ups or take downs - the entire rig can be stowed in the boat.

Length: 12'-0"

Beam: 5'-2"

Weight: 125 lbs.

Sail Area: 62 sq. ft.


The Swifty 11 is our newest and smallest Swifty. It has the same beam as the original Swifty 12 but has been made more compact, having proportions much like that of the traditional cat boats. Any favorable comparison with the famous Beetle Cats of the early part of the last century would be considered a compliment!

The sail rig is our standard leg o’ mutton style using a curved sprit boom. The folding 17’ mast enables quick set ups or take downs - the entire rig can be stowed in the boat. The boat can be rowed very well and also can be used with a small outboard. The large deck area is made of beautiful hardwood marine ply, which will look great if you choose to varnish.

Length  11'-0"

Beam  5'-2"

Weight  115 lbs

Sail Area  62 sq. ft.


The Swifty 14 has the same hull shape as the Swifty 12,  but has been scaled up. Increasing the length by two feet produces an increase in volume of over 50%. Although one person can handle it easily, it will sail very well with a crew of two, three or even four people. The 19’ mast folds in half to stow easily in the boat. The rig sets up just like the Swifty 12.

Length  14'-0"

Beam  6'-0"

Weight 165 lbs.

Sail Area 85 sq ft


The cat schooner rig on this boat has some very interesting characteristics. Although there are two masts it is very simple to build, set up, and sail. The masts are single piece and short enough to fit in the boat. The straight booms stow very nicely along with the masts. The sail has a luff sleeve resulting in more efficient air flow around the mast.

Reefing can be accomplished by stowing the foresail boom and rolling part of the sail onto the mast. If you don’t wait until things get too rough this can be done on the water. Because the masts are the same diameter, various sail arrangements are possible. The lowest power set-up is to stow the main mast and boom (leaving them ashore if possible) and moving the smaller fore mast to the main mast step.

Sailing performance has been very impressive. Single handing is no problem as both sheets lead directly to the helm. The daggerboard can also be reached from the helm. Speeds over 7 kts are readily attained in winds of 15 kts. Two rowing stations are provided. The boat can be rowed easily by one or two people. A small outboard motor, gas or electric, can be used.  A 4 hp will get you up to over 10 kts.

Length  15'-6"

Beam  5'-3"

Weight  155 lbs

Sail Area  94 sq. ft.