In the mid 1950s George O'Day contacted Uffa regarding a concept for a boat. George was the agent for Fairey Marine boats in the US and thought particularly highly of the Swordfish. With plans flying back and forth across the Atlantic agreement was eventually reached on the design except for O'Day's addition of a cuddy of which Uffa did not approve. The result was a boat of length overall 16'9", a beam of 6' 3", sail area (main and jib) 145 square feet and spinnaker 96 square feet. The pivoting centreboard gives a draft with board up of 7" and 3' 9" board down. During the design development the cuddy was added in the deck moulding. The result was the DAYSAILER.
From 1957-1977 the O'Dav company built first the Day Sailer 1, and then the Day Sailer 2. With six builders since 1977, the deck mould has gone through changes, but in all that time, and roughly six thousand Day Sailers later, the original, classic, Uffa Fox planing hull has remained unchanged and intact.
With fleets throughout the continental United States and Brazil, the Day Sailer Association is ranked eighth in membership (500) among centreboard boats in Sailing World's 1997 one-design survey. The objectives of the Day Sailer Association are simple: to support one-design racing, to retain an emphasis on family racing and cruising and to promote the sort of sailing.
Length Overall 16'-9'' Beam Max 6'-3'' Draught 3'-9'' Sail Area (sq feet) 145
The official plans are controlled by Daysailer Class Association. We do however hold the last plans sent by Uffa but do not hold any actual construction plans.
- Lines Plan
- Uffa's original arrangement plan without cuddy, showing a breakwater Flying Fifteen style
- Arrangement plan (probably drawn up for a future book and never used)
- Sail plan without dimensions (again probably drawn for use in a book)
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