Highlander (dinghy)

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Class Symbol
Current Specifications
Crew 3
Type Monohull
Design One-Design
Construction Wood or Fiberglass
Keel centerboard
LOA 20 feet (6.1 m)
LWL 19.5 feet (5.9 m)
Beam 6.67 feet (2.03 m)
Draft 0.67 feet (0.20 m)
5.0 feet (1.5 m)
Hull weight 830 pounds (380 kg)
Mast height 27.08 feet (8.25 m)
Main & Jib area 228.54 square feet (21.232 m2)
Mainsail area 169.44 square feet (15.741 m2)
Jib / Genoa area 228.54 square feet (21.232 m2)
Spinnaker area 300 square feet (28 m2)
Year 1949
Designer Gordon K. (Sandy) Douglass

The Highlander is a large (20 foot LOA) high performance one-design racing dinghy, also used for day sailing, popular in the United States. It was designed by Gordon K. (Sandy) Douglass in 1949, to be a more comfortable alternative to the Thistle.[1] The Highlander was the last boat built by the Douglass & McLeod company. The Highlander features an 88 pound centerboard. The Highlander sails with a main, jib and spinnaker. With over 1000 boats built, the Highlander has gained reputation for being stable and secure. There are currently 14 racing fleets of Highlanders located in Indiana, Ohio, Kentucky, North Carolina, Tennessee, and Virginia. [2]

Douglass' Flying Scot is known as the little sister to the Highlander.

Highlander downwind

External links


  1. Douglass, Gordon K., "Sixty Years Behind the Mast: The Fox on the Water". McClain Printing Company. ISBN 0-9617502-0-0. pp. 231-34
  2. "Fleet Information". The Highlander Class Association Website. http://www.sailhighlander.org/fleet.html. Retrieved 31 January 2010.