Wanderer was designed by Ian Proctor for Margaret Dye, doyen of all small
boat cruisers. One of the main objectives of the design was to produce a
robust safe and versatile dinghy that could be used for knockabout day
sailing and cruising as well as racing, but was light enough to be handled
are now built with added strengtheners within the hull to facilitate the
option of a steel centreplate, which gives added stability and stiffness
when sailing in less sheltered/coastal waters. The steel centreplate is
replaced with the standard wooded centreplate for Class racing.
anodised mast and boom, stainless steel rigging, shroud adjusters, port,
starboard and forestay covers from Proctor Masters. Main halyard in
halyard in s/s wire with soft eye to pre-stretched terylene tail. Highfield
lever to tension genoa luff. Boom comes complete with full slab reefing
equipment fitted. A standard cruising mainsail (74 sq ft) in white 4 US oz
polyester, with reefing and Cunningham cringles, numbers, Class insignia
and battens. Standard cruising Genoa (41 sq ft) also in white 4 US oz
polyester has an internal s/s wire luff and window.
There is a lifting
rudder with metal stock and detachable tiller with tiller extension. Nylon
blocks are fitted under the gudgeon and pintle and all fittings are bolted
through with s/s locknuts. Terylene toe straps are adjustable fore and aft
with 5mm pre-stretched polyester rope. Marine ply floorboards with non-slip
finish are supplied with cut-outs for Super Maxi bailers, that are now
fitted as standard. A keel band is fitted throughout the length of the
boat. Genoa fairleads, jamming cleats, drain plugs, allow mainsheet track
traveller with end chocks and control lines are all fitted.
The centreboard has
a fully adjustable friction pad and is made of 24mm selected marine ply.
All fastenings are bolted trough with s/s nuts and washers that are used
extensively throughout in place of self-tappers. (For single-handed sailing
or for family cruising, Wanderer also has the option of fitting as an
extra, a galvanized steel centreplate. Weighing 85lb, this increases
substantially the already high stability of the boat making a capsize
Wanderer mast is child's play compared to many others. A nice civilised
tabernacle solves all mast raising problems and allows clever rake
adjustments afloat. The wire roller genoa halyard (and therefore the whole
rig) is tensioned with a Highfield lever in the conventional manner.
Spinnaker and genoa sheets are bought to the thwart where they can be
reached by anyone, while the main traveller control lines are brought to
controls forward of the transom mounted track. An important feature on the
Wanderer MD is its buoyancy distribution and its capabilities for ease of
righting from any capsize and the provision of fastenings to accommodate a
3.3 hp outboard engine.