Back in January, 2010 I wrote an article about William H. Longyard’s unique homebuilt, self-designed trailer-sailer, ‘Lucky Town 7’. (First link, below.) William spent 10 years designing this rather special sailboat that can be kept in a garage, trailed behind a medium size car, and sailed along the coast - even, according to William, she’s suitable for blue water cruising.
At the time of writing my first article, building plans were not available, but now they can be purchased from Duckwork’s for the modest sum of $40.(Second link, below.)
It is not my intention to repeat things I’ve already said. Instead I want to draw your attention to the links below that provide information about ‘Lucky Town 7’. She’s a small boat with numerous useful features seldom found in production boats of equivalent size; for example, a flushing toilet and provision for a shower. In some respects she’s like a Matt Layden Paradox, but with a drop keel instead of chine runners. As with Paradox, she can be managed from below, but she does have the advantage of a small cockpit. Her single junk sail makes for instant reefing, with minimal effort and maximum safety.
If I were considering building a boat, she would be high on my list of potential candidates.
Sail Area 120 sq ft
Lifting Keel 100 – 265 lbs
Draught 10” (Up) 33” (Down)
Engine 2 – 6 HP
Displacement 680 lbs
‘Lucky Town 7’, William H. Longyard
Plans for ‘Lucky Town 7’
William Longyard’s Kayaking Page
A Speck on the Sea, by William H. Longyard
Microcruising Part 8, Bill Longyard and Lucky Town 7