Wee Seal

Iain Oughtred


  • Length

    18' 6" - 5.64m

  • Beam

    7' 3" - 2.21m

  • Draft

    21" (0.53m) plate up

  • Weight (kg)

    705

  • Sail Area

    177 sq ft - 16.44 sq m

  • Time to build (estimate)

    1000 hours +/-

With Scandinavian-influenced longer ends, and great reserve buoyancy all round the WEE SEAL is an exceptionally able, comfortable, dry and sea kindly little vessel. She sails, handles and balances well in all sorts of conditions, and with the shallow draught and short gunter mast, she will have less of the violent motion and vulnerability of a deep keel boat in rough water.

The hull construction is the same simplified clinker plywood that has been so successful in the smaller open boats, requiring fewer parts and less building time than many single-chine hulls. The cabin, deck and cockpit are made from sheet plywood. The spars can be of simple wood construction, or alloy sections.

The MkII version shown here incorporates a number of refinements based on owner and builders experiences with the original. The hull is slightly larger, the side decks wider, the cabin a little smaller, and a whole host for refinements and improvements have been made to this very successful design.

Wee Seal 2nd image