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
The 6:1 mainsheet features six lightweight Carbo blocks in series for smooth,
low-friction trimming. The system is simple, fast to rig, and utilizes a
swivel cam base for easy cleating at any angle.
To tension the shrouds and jib forestay/halyard, a track on the mast is adjusted
with an underdeck double-triple block purchase. The control line exits the
purchase to the cockpit for convenient midrace access upwind or downwind.
It provides up to 400 lb of forestay tension for high-performance sailing
in strong winds or minimal tension in light air.
The low-friction Harken Small Boat Furler lets the crew set and furl the
jib from the cockpit. Multiple stacked races of ball bearings let it rotate
easily under load.
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