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Unicorn Specification


  • Single handed 'A' class cat
  • Trapeze and una rig
  • PY of 797, ISAF 1.175
  • Length 5.49m (18ft)
  • Beam 2.29m (7ft 6in)
  • Sail Area 13sqm
  • Mast Height 7.93m (26ft)
  • Latest Sail No 2001
  • Portsmouth Yardstick of 797 compares with a Shadow at 761 and a Hurricane 5.9 at 713 and a Dart 16 with 879
  • ISAF rating of 1.171compares with a Dart 16 at 1.296, a Hurricane 5.9 at 1.051 and a Shadow at 1.123
  • Superb boat in light winds with high performance up to F6 due to the flexibility of the rig settings
  • Daggerboards for high efficiency and superb pointing
  • Flexible mast with loose footed main. Adjustments to outhaul, downhaul, kicker and lower shrouds. With a full cut sail this gives terrific scope for control of sail shape
  • Trapeze for the ultimate sailing challenge
  • Una rig for simplicity of sail handling (13 sqm sail area to A class specification)
  • Superb quality, ultimate strength at minimum weight, wooden boats built by Gary Piper, National Champion 13 times. Contact Gary at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  • Plans and full specification available for the skilled home builder from Peter Toft. Contact through the E Mail in Contact section.
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