Subject: Re: Wayfarer Info

From: Richard C Harrington <>

Date: Fri, 12 Apr 2002 22:23:23 -0400






Thanks for the info.  I only scanned the article, so I need to go back take another look.  Here are a few of my observations from my experience.


On occasion, but rarely, is it necessary to row for a long distance.

There is usually some place to put in to, but in many cases the wind eventually returns (especially in coast regions).  In the other situation (as was my experience crossing the Irish Sea) the prospect of attempting to row a long distance against a fowl tide was out of the question—8 foot oars, or 10 footers, not withstanding.  Empty the Wayfarer weighs 370 pounds.  So fully loaded with cruising gear and crew what do you have?  A lot of displacement to move through the water!  Do you want to know what works the best--two people, one per oar, side by side.  But be careful and make sure the oarlock sockets are extremely well secured, with good heavy blocking beneath as well.  The 8 foot - 10 inch oars will do the job.  The Wayfarer is not a rowing boat.  Keep them inside the cockpit where jib sheets, anchor rode, and the like aren't likely to fowl them.  Also, no matter how windy it is I never drop the sails and switch to oars.  Dinghies with high freeboard such as the Wayfarer (and I bet the same is true for the "Duck Daysailer' also) have a lot of windage compared to displacement.  If it's blowing you will not be able to row against the wind--dropping the sails can be a fatal mistake.  People who use outboard motors are always getting into trouble this way.  Keep the sails on and learn to handle the dinghy in windy conditions.


Bunk to the sliding seat, but having a good foot brace is much recommended.  Notice that in the photo showing the man rowing the rudder is unshipped.  I went for a long time this way myself and was always tweaking the rudder between oar strokes.  It is much better to ship the rudder and just leave a little bit of the CB down as a trailing skeg.

Try it!


Lastly, here's something that will really catch your fancy--rowing and sailing at the same time.  Let's say, for example, that you're trying to get through a narrow spot (over a bar, between two islands, or something like that) and the wind is just too weak to get you through.  What you can do in this situation is sit to leeward (on the floor with your back against the aft bulkhead) and use one oar as a sweep, where you are pushing in a forward motion, while with the other hand you are steering.


Thanks for the reply--DICK   


On Fri, 12 Apr 2002 08:52:24 -0700 "tim koontz" <>



> Hey thanks for the reply.  I also wanted to further the discussion on oar

> storage because I remember an article that I have out of "Sail" May 1996

> about a Newfoundland adventure with a rowing Daysailor.  Oar storage was on

> the foredeck with the handles jutting out like bowsprits.  I think the

> coaming woult present some problems with this set up on the wayfarer plus

> the smaller foredeck(daysailor is 17 or 19 ft I think), but it might be

> another option especially for 10 footer if you are so crazy as to go that

> way!  The sliding seat was also intriguing but a little over the top. Of

> course I have never rowed my boat any distance!  Enclosed is are a couple of

> pictures from that article and the info on rigging for cruising.


> Good follow up info on the website too!  Thanks


> Tim Koontz W2253