Buccaneer 18 Class Association




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One-Design Class Type: Dinghy

Was this boat built to be sailed by youth or adults? Both

Approximately how many class members do you have? 100

2014 Buccaneer NA Championship

About Buccaneer 18 Class Association

Celebrating its 50th year, the Buccaneer’s designer was speed genius Rod MacAlpine Downie and originally commissioned by the Chrysler Marine division. The Buccaneer 18 is a wide-beamed and powerful sit-in dinghy. With a roomy cockpit and easily handled controls, the double-handed “Bucc” is manageable by one and can accommodate as many as three people. She is fast and planes in 8-10 knots. Well-balanced, self-righting, and self-bailing, the Bucc is embraced by a lively class that spans from Alaska and Toronto to South Carolina and Arizona


Boats Produced: 5000+

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Approximately how many boats are in the USA/North America? 4000

Where is your One-Design class typically sailed in the USA? List regions of the country:

Rocky Mountain
Mid Atlantic

Does this class have a spinnaker or gennaker? Yes

Ideal combined weight of range of crew:  300-400

Portsmouth Yardstick Rating:  .87

Boat Designed in 1966

Beam: 6″

Weight of rigged boat without sails: 500

Draft: 8 inches – 3’ 10” with centerboard down

Mast Height: 23’4”