Model: Length: Hull Weight: Beam: Max Payload: Rowing Draft: Sailing Draft: Sail Area:
NanoShip 12' 11" 650 lbs. 65 in. 750 lbs. 16" 34" 126 sq ft.
NanoShip Configurations:
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NanoShip Prototype (2017)
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Designed by John C. Harris, NanoShip is a comfortable, fun, easy-to-sail boat for camp-cruising or daysailing. Functionally it's the smaller sister of the same designer's popular PocketShip. An outboard mounts in a stern well, one of a number of big-boat features incorporated into a design that will fit in a small shop and can be towed behind a small car. The yawl-rigged design is based loosely on the beach luggers of the UK and Brittany. 

LOD is 12'11:, beam 5'5". The boat features 375lbs of water ballast (bringing total weight to 650lbs) beneath the cockpit and extremely comfortable seating. Excellent speed under sail on all points.

This prototype was built in a composites-techniques class at the WoodenBoat School over two classes in 2015 and 2016 and given a showroom finish by professionals at Chesapeake Light Craft in 2017.

Sailing trials were conducted throughout 2017 and after various minor tweaks, we've reached a conclusion: This is a truly delightful little sailboat, with no apparent vices, great ergonomics, and a startling turn of speed. But in terms of producing a kit, we've concluded that the design is too complex and expensive for our audience. No doubt we'd sell some kits and plans without a single change, but not enough to cover the cost of the step-by-step assembly manual. (See the January/February 2018 issue of Small Craft Advisor for John's complete debrief on the project.)

NanoShip by Chesapeake Light Craft

Thus, we need to make room for NanoShip 3.0 in the shop. NanoShip 2.0 is so much fun to sail that none of us really want to see her go, but we need the space and it's much too nice a boat to be a showroom queen. Here's your chance to own a professionally-built NanoShip!

Extensively tweaked and tested over the last 12 months, this prototype is in perfect condition, bug-free, and ready to go. With a replacement cost of around $30,000, this is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to own a magazine cover-girl for the cost of materials.

Includes lovely tanbark sails by Fowler, hollow cypress spars, Harken roller-furling, lightly-used 2hp Honda, and built-in Whale diaphragm pump for filling the ballast tank. The custom-built trailer is less than a year old.

Please email with any questions about purchasing NanoShip #1.

* promocodes or Value-added Gift Card promotions do not apply to the purchase of the NanoShip 2017 finished prototype.

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