Plans: Sailing Scow


Building Madrigal took four months, and cost under a thousand pounds (in 1980). Professional yacht delivery skipper John Hawes had just sold his 51 foot cruiser in the Mediterranean and wanted to sail back to Boston (UK) with his wife, “as cheaply, easily, and as safely as possible”, and so he set about designing a boat which would be tough and sea-kindly, which offered a good load-carrying capacity, with shoal draft and reasonable accomodation, and above all – a boat which would be easy to build.

The design which emerged had a 22 foot dory-style hull with a shallow full-length keel, leeboards, lifting rudder, raised topsides and a permanent A-frame permitting the mast to be raised or lowered in seconds.

Carrying no additional ballast, and weighing-in at around 2800 pounds Madrigal is eminently trailer-sailable, and equally at home in open water or pottering along inland canals.   Read more and buy plans here.


Length over deck 22′ 0″   (6.71m)
Length Waterline 19′ 0″   (5.80m)
Beam 6′ 10″   (2.08m)
Draught 1′ 6″   (0.46m)
Displacement 2800lbs   (1273kg)
Ballast none  
Total Sail Area 175 sq ft   (16.25m2)

Originally posted 2012-04-10 05:50:38.

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  1. Ahoy!

    Anyone interested in this boat should check out the San Francisco Bay Pelican first. It is an active racing and sailing class.

    Cheers, David Chamberlin

  2. Now that is a nice boat!
    Given prudent seamanship and a simple robust fit out , I would not hesitate taking this boat anywhere.Good chance that you could recoup at least most of your building cost if built to a tidy work boat standard .Balanced lug rig , or even Chinese lug (junk) rigged ).

    All very “dutch” and attractive…..Reminds me of these :

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