Bombardier Invitation sailboat

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Current Specifications
Crew 1 or 2
LOA 15 ft 7 in (4,700 mm)
Beam 5 ft (1,500 mm)
Draft 3 ft (910 mm)
Hull weight 180 lb (82 kg)
Mast height 22 ft (6,700 mm)
Mainsail area 90 sq ft (8.4 m2)
D-PN 99.4 [1]
RYA PN [2]
PHRF 266

The Bombardier Invitation sailboat, is a one-design class of small sailing dinghy, similar to the Laser. It was manufactured by Bombardier in the 1970s.


The Invitation was briefly mentioned in Popular Science [3][4] and Popular Mechanics [5] in 1974 and 1975. Bombardier filed for a Canadian trademark in December 1973, and it was registered in November 1974. It was later inactivated in January 1990. [6]


There are two designs of Invitations: the 4.7 and the smaller 3.8.

Invitation 4.7

The hull of the Invitation 4.7 m (15 ft 5 in) long, with a hull weight of 82 kg (180 lb). It is cat rigged with only a loose-footed sleeved batten-less mainsail that slips over the mast. The batten-less design allows the mainsail to wrapped around the mast when not in use. It has a beam of 1.5 metres (4 ft 11 in).

Invitation 3.8

The Invitaion 3.8 has a similar, but smaller design to the Invitation 4.7. The hull of the Invitation 3.8 is 3.8 m (12 ft 6 in) long with a displacement of 123 lb (56 kg) and a sail area of 60 sq ft (5.6 m2)[7]

See also



  • Sherwood, Richard M. (1994), A Field Guide to Sailboats of North America (2nd ed.), Boston: Houghton Mifflin Co, ISBN 0395652391 .

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