|Draft (cb up)|
|Engine power||up to 8|
|See also||Dixi Dinghy, Argie 10, Argie 15|
An attractive and versatile dinghy of traditional styling, the Challenger 13 offers lots of fun for the whole family.
She has more emphasis on performance, with a flat planing underbody to give good speed in stronger conditions. Yet, she maintains the strong family resemblance, with pronounced sheer and lapstrake topsides.
The rig is balanced lug, with a jib. This allows short spars which can be stored inside the hull. It also gives a fairly low centre of effort, allowing more sail area to be carried in safety. Her mainsail can also be reefed in stronger conditions.
The construction detailing is simple, to keep costs down and to allow those of us who are not master boatbuilders to produce a reasonable boat. Yet she is more complicated to build than stitch and glue boats so she can be used as a step along the way, broadening the building skills en-route to larger and more complicated projects.
She has built-in buoyancy compartments in her thwarts for safety. Continuous side seating all round gives comfort for sailing or just messing about with the family. The daggerboard and pivotting rudder give access to shallow water, to get you into those private nooks where the bigger boats cannot go.
If the construction method of the Challenger seems a bit daunting to you, look at the Dixi Dinghy, Argie 10 and Argie 15 stitch and glue dinghies.
Sporting sailor with a lot of performance for the money
[CR13] Ideal for two or three people but easily handled by a solo sailor
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