Windward 17 by Chesapeake Marine Design

Daysailer/Beach Cruiser

Length overall17'5.18 m
Beam5'1.52 m
Draft2' 6"0.76 m
Draft (cb up)1' 3"0.38 m
Weight280 lbs127 kg
Sail area106 sq. ft.9.85 m2
Hull construction Plywood
Gallery 1 photo
See also Windward 15Windward 21



WINDWARD 17 was designed for Richard Elton of Mt Pleasant, SC. He wanted a longer version of the successful Windward 15 with a larger cockpit (2 ft) and more sail area. She has very graceful lines.

She is fast with modest sail area, has camp cruising capabilities under a boom tent, and has a stable chine hull. The sprit boom is very easy to handle on all points of sail. Her graceful lines make her a pleasure to build and sail. See Boat Design Quarterly (No. 2) for a design review.

Construction is 3/8" plywood and epoxy over straight frames. Plans include: materials, lines, construction, and a sail plan. A full size frame plan is available.

Estimated cost for quality construction materials (not including sails) is $7000. This cost includes a high level of outfit and finish you can be proud of after putting the effort into building this fine boat.

Deck plan
Sloop rig (120 sq.ft.)

Photo gallery

Windward 17 rear view
Windward 17 rear view

See also

Design Length Beam Sail area Engine power Compare
Windward 15 Windward 15 by Chesapeake Marine Design
Daysailer/Beach Cruiser
4.57 m
1.52 m
70 sq. ft.
6.50 m2
Windward 21 by Chesapeake Marine Design
Daysailer/Cuddy Cruiser
6.4 m
6' 9"
2.06 m
156 sq. ft.
14.49 m2

Boats about same size as Windward 17

Core Sound 17   Core Sound 17
Cat ketch beach cruiser

LOA: 17'/5.18 m   compare
Northeaster Dory   Northeaster Dory
Light-weight Rowing and Sailing Dory That You Can Build

LOA: 17'/5.18 m   compare
Yorkshire Coble   Yorkshire Coble
A smaller plywood version of the English surfboat: row, motor, or sail her

LOA: 17'/5.2 m   compare
Pathfinder   Pathfinder
Bigger Navigator

LOA: 17' 3"/5.25 m   compare

Questions? Suggestions? Contact us at: