Trailer weight complete with spars, sails and appendages
= 230 lbs
Corsair 13 is a sturdy but performant small sail boat, ideal for two or
three people but easily handled by a solo sailor. Complete with mainsail,
jib and spinnaker, she is an excellent introduction to technical sailing.
A versatile sailing dinghy for 2 or 3, the Corsair 13 can also be sailed
solo. Easy to build, easy to sail but with enough performance potential
to satisfy experienced sailors.
able, strong but light, the CR13 can take some bad weather.
Experienced sailors can outfit the Corsair 13 with hiking straps, tiller
extension and a trapeze. They can customize rig and deck plan to fit their
to her wide transom, she can be fitted with a very small outboard or an
electric trolling motor.
plans show different spar materials. The standard rig is an aluminum profile
with two alternatives: a wooden mast and a carbon fiber one.
Specifications are given for each one.
standard rig totals 102 sq.ft. but a spinnaker of 80 sq.ft can be added.
sail plan shows the sheet, blocks and all details needed to rig the boat
plus exact sail, running and standing rigging dimensions.
spinnaker well is optional.
The Corsair 13 can be made unsinkable with buoyancy foam poured in place
under the seats and deck.
these options can be combined to customize your boat: build her as simple
or as sophisticated as you want.
CR13 is built the Sharpie way: two sides panels are bent around a frame
and joined at the bow and the transom. Bottom panels are stitched to the
sides and fiberglass seams are build. The building method is exactly as
shown in our stitch and glue basic tutorial. No jig is required.
Sharpie assembly method used on this boat is the easiest building method,
identical to our Flat Skiffs , see our tutorials for pictures.
plans include full size patterns for all frames, transom and a bow mold.
All dimensions are shown on the plans including the side and bottom panels:
no lofting required.
the dimensions for the sails and spars are shown on the plans.
The CR13 can be build by a first time builder.
plywood layout was calculated to minimize waste: we show the nesting of
all parts on the plans. The spars can be made from plain spruce boards,
The hull with deck and seats will require on the average 40 hours and
another 40 hours will be necessary for the appendages. A first time builder
should not overlook the amount of labor required to build all the parts
related to sailing: daggerboard and trunk, rudder etc. Our plans are very
detailed and the fabrication of those components does not present any
difficulty but the finish of any sailboat requires more time than the
building of the hull.
Meranti 6566 is
an inexpensive type of marine ply ideal for stitch and glue construction.
It cost, on the average, less than $80.00 a sheet in 1/4" (6mm). Okoume
or Meranti marine can also be used and cost starts at less than $100.00
a sheet (1/4").
Visit our message board, help pages, tutorial pages and read our FAQ:
most questions are answered there.
Detailed drawings with all dimensions required to cut the sides, bottom,
bulkheads, deck, floors and all parts from flat plywood sheets: no lofting,
no templates required.
Nesting drawings for the best plywood layout with numbered parts.
drawings showing assembly and parts numbers for small hardware.