BELLE Photos and Info

BELLE Sailing the Potomac

  • BELLE sailing
    Photo courtesy t. sliter photography.


The following YouTube video was included in the Small Boats Monthly article on BELLE. It captures her sailing on the Potomac. With many thanks to SBM and Tom Sliter.

More thanks are due Tom Sliter for putting together this very nice YouTube video (some of the same footage as the SBM video):

Older Photos from Launch and Construction

  • At her mooring...

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.

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