17′ Salish Voyager
Combining the most-loved aspects of our Jersey Skiff and Melonseed in one adventure-worthy vessel.
Smooth sailing. Ample dry storage. Optional tandem rowing seats.
As long-distance rowing and sailing has become more popular in recent years, we’ve started receiving a lot of requests for a truly expedition-worthy sailboat with tandem sliding rowing seats. Our Jersey Skiff and Melonseed are already two standouts, and now we’ve blended the two together into one epically capable small craft.
Starting with the fast, forgiving and capable Jersey Skiff hull, we’ve created a new interior that supports a Lug rig as we use with the Melonseed for ease of assembly and forgiving sail attributes. Of equal importance, the lug rig’s forward mast location opens up the interior to create a long footwell for tandem sliding seats.
This new boat will also has enclosed storage for increased stability, seaworthiness and utility. We also designed it to have a standard water ballast and self bailing floor, but as Falk explains here on the blog, this boat ended up so stable that the ballast isn’t really necessary (we may even be able to change that space under the floor into an additional storage area in the future — stay tuned for updates on that).
Long and short of it is, we think think the Salish Voyager will really answer the call for a reasonably priced ‘do everything well’ human- and sail-powered vessel.
The 17′ Salish Voyager prototype is now complete!
We are beginning construction soon on our first customer orders for this new boat. See video below of the first water test, and read about it in our latest blog update here.
Salish Voyager Full Specifications
*preliminary, final boat will be somewhat less
|(Displacement shown is fiberglass, kevlar is unavailable in this model)|
|SAIL AREA:||99 sq ft|
Construction updates from the blog:
When you make beautiful, highly-capable boats with traditional designs, there's not much need to mess with what works. Most sailors want what's tried-and-true. After all, a timeless look is what makes a classic, a classic. But once in a blue moon, we see a gap in our...