Design of the Buccaneer 18’ began in (1968). Because the Buccaneer
was to be a production boat; read a wider range of built weights was to
be expected, the design displacement was established at 785 lb. The boat
weight was to be 500 lb. with a crew allowance of 285 lb.
She was designed with
waterlines and with adequate beam and a modest aspect ratio sail plan
to reduce the heeling moment. The waterlines were retrimmed to produce
as nearly a symmetrical
heeled waterline as possible, minimizing weather helm due to heeling.
She has a long easy entry to reduce bow wave and easily greases onto a
plane. The Buccaneer is a boat that suffers little if sailed with three
persons, e.g., 165 lb. over the design displacement.
A renowned builder of patternmaker
prototypes constructed the original cold-molded wooden Buccaneer 18 prototype
in England. This overweight, 3/8’ thick, glass covered tooling plug,
was first sailed/raced on Lake Michigan near Chicago. The event was Yachting
Magazine’s One of a Kind Regatta which took place in late summer of
(1968). The Buccaneer 18 placed second to the Thistle in a fleet of twenty