Cape Cod Knockabout

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LOA 18’0”
LWL 15’6”
Draft (board up) 9”
Draft (board down) 4’2”
Beam 6’0”
Weight (bare hull) 650 lb.
Main and Jib Sail Area 187 sq ft (17 m2).
Spinnaker Sail Area 150 sq ft (14 m2).

A Cape Cod Knockabout, or Knockabout, is a one-design class of 18-foot (5 m) sail boat sailed primarily out of Upper Cape harbors in Massachusetts, USA. Knockabouts were designed by Charles S. Gurney and were popular in the 1940s and well into the 1970's with fleets of 50-60 boats at the annual regatta of the Knockabout Class. There are still active racing fleets in Megansett (North Falmouth), Waquoit (East Falmouth),Lewis Bay (Yarmouth), and Woods Hole (Falmouth). There are many, many knockabouts throughout Southern New England that are still used for pleasure sailing. The Town of Yarmouth Recreation Dept. owns and runs the Lewis Bay fleet where most of their 15 boats are used for sail training. Hundreds of sailors of all ages have gone through the Yarmouth program using the knockabout to learn on. Yarmouth also maintains a select group of their knockabouts for their racing program. Thirteen to sixteen Knockabouts race in Woods Hole Harbor every Wednesday, with a ladies race on Thursday. The Cape Cod Knockabout Association holds an annual regatta each summer which is held at one of the above four locations on a rotating basis. Nearly 20 boats attend this regatta each year. Local fleets are generally increasing their numbers. Cape Cod Ship Building in Wareham manufactures the boat.

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