A fast 32′ (9.75m) sailboat

by Laurie McGowan

This is the 3-D concept drawing to supplement the installment found in WB No. 267, March/April 2019.


WB No. 267: RED PEPPER is a performance cruiser driven by a freestanding cat-ketch rig. The lightweight masts are of carbon fiber, and the wishbone booms make for simple sail handling. While this boat is a narrow sailing machine, the deck layout is easy to negotiate. The raised sheer amidships provides volume where it’s needed and contributes to stability in a knockdown. The canting bulb keel provides enough righting arm for the powerful sail plan.


  • LOA: 32′ (9.75m)
  • LWL: 31′ 10″ (9.70m)
  • Draft: 2′ 1″ to 6′ (0.61–1.83 m)
  • Displacement: (1/2 load) 3,660 lbs (1,660 kg)
  • Ballast: 1,470 lbs (667 kg)
  • Sail area: 445 sq ft (41.34 m2)
  • D/L: 0.506
  • SA/D: 0.30
  • Ballast/D: 0.40
  • Auxiliary: 48V, 5kW electric motor
  • Batteries: 2 × 100 Ah 12V lithium-ion
  • Solar panels: 260W

The accommodation space is simple and comfortable. The aft cabin houses the head and a single berth and has sitting headroom; its off-center companionway is clear of the tiller.

Laurie McGowan ( is a Nova Scotia–based boat designer with a diverse on- and below-water work history. He specializes in energy-efficient commercial and pleasure boats.

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