Sailer was originally designed as a life-saving device for lifeguards
along the beaches of Israel. Later, modified to accept a sail and an
electric outboard motor, it was manufactured and sold in the U.S. as an
all-purpose recreational boat. Today, the only way you can get this
unique and versatile craft is to build it yourself with this
re-publication of the original plans developed for Popular Mechanics
Surf Sailer's hull is built around a keel-board, which runs the full length of the
craft to establish its shape and provide a stable foundation for the rest of the hull. The
hull is skinned with plywood, then covered with fiberglass to seal it from water. Finished
weight is about 75 pounds. For an ultra-light version, you can substitute solid urethane
foam for the plywood substructure. Plans come complete with instructions and dimensions
for the sail.
Surf Sailer was featured in Popular Mechanics magazine in June, 1974. Click on the
images in the left margin to view large images.
Fiberglass over plywood