BELLE Sailing the Potomac
Older Photos from Launch and Construction
LOA: 16’0” Beam: 6’2” Draft: 0’9” Weight: approx 550lb hull weight Ballast: none (optional 40-50lb in bilge) Sail Area: 126 sq ft Construction: Plywood epoxy lapstrake Rig: Gaff sloop Waters: Protected Outboard: 2hp gas or electric trolling motor
BELLE reflects my own thoughts on the ideal small daysailer, since she was designed initially just for my own use. That said, after launch I was very gratified to receive many positive comments and appreciations of the boat. Thus the “Belle” design was born.