SMACK
by John Welsford
LOA 6.3 m - 20 ft 8 in
BEAM 2.1 m - 6 ft 10 in


A big dinghy with a gaff rig and space to camp aboard

Character yachts need not be impractical, this plywood characterisation of an English East Coast fishing smack by Stuart is a very practical camping cruiser capable of coastal passages and wonderful for short haul cruising on a budget. She has enough choices of sail combinations to perform well in a wide range of weather conditions and is light enough to row short distances if you don't want to fit an outboard motor.

Smack has a cuddy cabin for stowing camping gear, or as a space for a couple of airbeds. It is not so long ago that many of our now leading yachtsmen used to begin their cruising careers in boats that were not as spacious or as capable as this husky little boat. Superbly simple to build, very easy on the budget and with a lot of character this would be a wonderful exploration vehicle for those who have a large area of tidal or shallow water to play in.

Plans prices include packaging and an allowance for surface freight. If you would like a faster means of delivery we can send by courier or airmail at extra cost. All credit card sales are in New Zealand Dollars. If you pay by check, you may use the price in your prefered currency as below.

Smack Plans

NZ $195

Note that we sell sails and are pleased to quote a freight inclusive price to anywhere in the world, we have tan or white, the sails come with sailbag, one reef and are completely ready to go. Prices fluctuate slightly so we prefer to quote each sail as the demand arises but you can bet that we are competitive even with the freight included.